JAMES GRAY (Writer/Director/Producer)Â made his directorial debut in 1994 at the
age of 25 with LITTLE ODESSA, a widely acclaimed film which received the Critics
Award at the Deauville Film Festival as well as the Silver Lion at the Venice Film
Festival. That same year, he received nominations from the Independent Spirit
Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.Â
In 2000, Gray wrote and directed THE YARDS, his second feature and his first with
Joaquin Phoenix, who would become a frequent collaborator, going on to star in his
next three films. The cast also included Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Faye
Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn and James Caan. The drama premiered In Competition at
the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
Gray's New York crime drama WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007) starred Mark Wahlberg,
Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. The film received a CÃ©sar
nomination in 2008 for Best Foreign Film and screened In Competition at the 2007
Cannes Film Festival.
His fourth feature, TWO LOVERS (2008), received nominations at the Independent
Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Female Lead. The Brooklyn-set drama
starred Joaquin Phoenix opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw and Isabella
Rossellini. The film premiered In Competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and
went on to receive a CÃ©sar nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2009.
In May 2013, THE IMMIGRANT, which starred frequent collaborator Joaquin Phoenix,
Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, became his fourth film to premiere In
Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was released by The
Weinstein Company in May 2014, went on to garner numerous awards including Best
Actress (Marion Cotillard) and Best Cinematography (Darius Khondji) prizes from the
New York Film Critics Circle.
Gray's film THE LOST CITY OF Z was based on the best-selling novel by David Grann
and starred Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. It had
its world premiere as the closing night selection of the 2016 New York Film Festival
and was released in theaters by Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street in April 2017.
Grayâs film AD ASTRA, which he also co-wrote and produced, starred Brad Pitt and
was released in theaters in September 2019 after its Venice Film Festival premiere.Â
His latest project, ARMAGEDDON TIME – which he again wrote, directed and
produced – stars Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong and will be
released this fall by Focus Features.
Born in New York City, Gray grew up in Queens and attended the University of
Southern California School of Cinema-Television.Â He now resides with his family in