Jean Odoutan

  • Jean Odoutan
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Singer, Film director, Actor, Composer, Screenwriter, Associate producer, Chief executive officer (ceo)
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Media

French-Beninese scriptwriter, director, executive producer, composer, singer and actor.

He is sometimes credited as

Jean ODOUTAN is a scriptwriter, director, associate-producer, composer and actor.

He is known for "Barbecue-Pejo" (2000), "Djib" (2000) and "La valse des gros derrières" (2004).

Born in Benin in 1965, he has been living in the Paris area since 1980.

From 1983 to 1995, he is an actor, playing in many films, among others:
- Marche à l'ombre by Michel BLANC (uncredited)
- Match nul, by Eric WORETH
- La Bohême, by Luigi COMENCINI
- Black Micmac 2, by Marco PAULY
- Le Banquet, by Marco FERRERI
- L627, by Bertrand TAVERNIER,
- La Vie ne fait pas de cadeau, by Frederic SCHOENDORFFER
- Dien Bien Phu, by Pierre SCHOENDORFFER.

He goes behind the camera, first as a direction assistant for Dien Bien Phu, then going to proper direction :
- Kalamazo - la passion du foot (short film, super 16, 1992, winner in 1991 of the short film aid granted by the THECIF, sponsored by Jean MARBOEUF)
- Palabres d'antilopes incommensurables et de zébus Katangais au pied du HLM (short film, super 16, 1993)
- Méli-Mélo au squatt-place (clip, super 16, 1993)
- Tanti Cotonou - Mama Benz (clip, super 16, 1993)
- Le Nègre distingué (short film, Betacam, 1994)
- Antidote (short film, Betacam, 1995)
- Le Réalisateur Nègre (short film, 35 mm, 1998)

For all his works, he is scriptwriter, director, associate-producer, composer and actor.

BARBECUE - PEJO is his first full-length film. Having been granted the advance on receipts, it is selected by the festivals of Namur (Belgium), Amiens, Belfort, Mar del Plata (Argentina), Noir Tout Couleurs (Guadeloupe), Toronto, Vues d'Afrique (Quebec), New York, Milan...

DJIB, his next film, was released on November 29, 2000.

MAMA ALOKO was released on January 23, 2002 and LA VALSE DES GROS DERRIÈRES on June 23, 2004.
His 5th feature, PIM-PIM TCHÉ (shot in 2008) was released on February 17, 2016.

updated by Thierno Dia, on 8 Feb 2022.

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Pim-Pim Tché (Toast de Vie !)



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