Seven of his films have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival: Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), The Child (2005), Lorna's Silence (2008), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Two Days, One Night (2014) and The Unknown Girl (2016). "Two Days, One Night" was his first film that left the festival empty-handed, despite receiving unanimous acclaim and a 15-minute standing ovation. The following film, "The Unknown Girl", also didn't win any award at the festival.
All of his films are set in Seraing, Liege, the Belgian town where him and his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne were born and raised.
Four of his films have been chosen to represent Belgium for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), The Child (2005) and Two Days, One Night (2014), but none of them have ever been nominated, the only one that got an Oscar nomination is Two Days, One Night (2014), which was nominated for Best Actress.
Darren Aronofsky is a fan of the Dardenne brothers and referred to them as "my heroes" in a post in his official Twitter account in 2014, after he attended the premiere of their film Two Days, One Night (2014) at the New York Film Festival and posed for a photo next to them. And while promoting Black Swan (2010) in 2010, Aronofsky told Alistair Harkness from The Scotsman that he changed his entire directing style for The Wrestler (2008) after seeing their work for the first time.
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That happens a lot with experienced actors. They close down and protect themselves, and then all you get are the same mannerisms, the same tricks, the same character.
Film-makers in Belgium are seen as arts and crafts makers. It is a small country. There is not really a film industry there at all.