Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, and Benoit Poelvoorde
Film: Man Bites Dog (1992)
Most recent project: Belvaux committed suicide in 2006. Bonzel never directed another feature film, but recently worked as a cinematogropher on 2012 Slovakian comedy, Tigers in The City. Though Poelvoorde never directed another feature, he is a prolific and luminous actor in Belgian and French cinema.
Man Bites Dog 's legacy is as safe as it comes. Nothing like it has been done before and few have quite match its cinematic impact, in content nor stylistically (nice try, Natural Born Killers). Directing this groundbreaking faux documentary, about a team of filmmakers following a serial killer (Benoit Poelvoorde) as he goes on a walkabout of escalating violence and depravity, are Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, and Benoit Poelvoorde, who together also wrote the film. Shot in black-and-white and free of any smirking self-awareness, you'll begin to feel more like a passive accomplice than a viewer. Throughout the film, the serial killer, the protagonist of this "live" documentary, is in high spirits, cracking jokes, inciting laughs from you that you feel shouldn't have.
After releasing Man Bites Dog to the public in 1992, the three mad minds behind this cult classic were mostly reserved to relatively quiet fates. Belvaux would sadly take his own life in 2006, Bonzel wouldn't touch a directing chair again, while Poelvoorde, however, would go on to have a fruitful, decorated career as an actor. Luckily for us, this trio of talented filmmakers gifted the world with a seriously challenging film that should be experienced once (trust us, once is enough).