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Born in Perpignan in 1950, Henry Colomer studied philosophy, then cinema at the IDHEC and at the Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, where he got a degree in film direction and cinematography. From 1980 to 1985, he made short films and magazines for the INA and wrote two screenplays for feature films by Lam Lê: Rencontres des nuages et du dragon and Poussière d’empire. From 1986 to 1996 he made documentary films in the Serie Préfaces : Salvador Espriu and Primo Levi, produced by Archipel 33, as well as Monte Verità, which was awarded the prize for Historical Documentary at the Pessac Film Festival (1997) and the Documentary Prize from SCAM (1998). In 1996, he conceived a CD-rom for the BNF as well as the CD-rom Une Trêve, with the visual artist Xavier Philippe (distributed in bookstores). From 1998 to 1999 he wrote the screenplays for six animated films based on Hugo Pratt’s comics for ARTE, France 2 and RAI. He also created the association Docks with Xavier Philippe.
In 2000 he went back to making documentary films: Optimum and Marseilles along a course. In 2001 he made a series of ten three minute-long dance and animation films called Tempo! for ARTE, as part of the Fête de la musique. In 2002 he made a filmic portrait of Victor Hugo, L’Exilé, shown on ARTE (52’). From 2003 to 2005 he worked on writing screenplays for the feature films Nocturnes and Magus among others, as well as the feature documentary Harlem in Montmartre which will be directed by Dante James for PBS in 2007.