After studying filmmaking and philosophy, Katell Quillévéré was one of the founders of Les Rencontres du Moyen-Métrage de Brive, and organised the festival's first three editions.
In 2005, her debut short film A bras le Corps premiered at Cannes Directors' Fortnight and was nominated for a César award in 2007. She was once again present at the Directors' Fortnight in 2010 for her acclaimed first feature film, Love Like Poison, which received the Jean Vigo prize.
Her second feature film Suzanne opened the 2013 Cannes International Critics' Week competition - and later was nominated for five César awards and won the Best Supporting Actress award for Adèle Haenel (Les Combattants, The Unknown Girl).
Based on Maylis de Kerangal's best-selling novel, Heal the Living is Katell's third feature film.