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Book-lovers know Philippe Claudel as the writer of best-selling novels such as Grey Souls (US edition: By a Slow River) and Brodeck. To film-lovers he is known as the director of I've Loved You So Long and the recently released Before the Winter Chill, with fine performances by Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil. In the course of an exclusive Bozar evening, Claudel talks to the RTBF journalist Laurent Dehossay about his artistic double life, from the loneliness of the writer's desk to the bustle of the film set. How does a writer direct his life and how does a film-maker tell stories?