Bouli Lanners was born in Belgium in 1965. A self-taught painter, he worked at every possible job on shoots for Belgian television before making himself popular on Canal+ Belgium, by acting in sketches on "Snuls", a comedy show created in 1989. Since then, he has directed films and played many supporting roles in Belgian and French productions, including AALTRA by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (Film Movement Year 4, Film 3) and A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
In ELDORADO, his second feature film as a director, he plays the lead. In 1999, he wrote and directed Travellinckx, a short road movie in black and white super 8, which did a world tour of film festivals. Two years later, the short film Muno confirmed his unusual style and was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and many other festivals. In 2005, he made his first feature film, Ultranova, a tender and ironic portrait of a group of misfits and a quirky look at his native Wallonia, which was awarded a prize at the Berlinale. He is currently writing his next two feature films.