Distinguished filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud may not be among the most prolific of contemporary directors, but he is certainly among the most creative. Before launching his career, the French director attended the Vaugirad School; the prestigious IDHEC, Paris; and the Sorbonne, Paris where studied literature. He then went on to direct TV commercials, some of which won awards, before making his feature film debut with Black and White in Color in 1977. Though this story of French colonialists in West Africa during the 1900s received little notice in France, it was a big hit in the U.S. and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In 1981, he made Quest for Fire(1981), a fascinating chronicle of early humans. The film, using no other language than the artificially developed "proto-languages"--developed by Anthony Burgess with special gestures created by Desmond Morris--won him two Cesar awards. He gained international popularity with his 1989 film The Bear, a film that follows the struggle between a bear and a hunter as told from the bear's point of view.