Juliette Binoche – Binoche Juliette biography
Juliette Binoche was born on 9 March 1964, she is a French actress, artist and dancer. She has appeared in more than 60 feature films, been the recipient of numerous international awards, and has appeared on stage and in movies across the world. Coming from an artistic background, she began taking acting lessons during adolescence.
After performing in several stage productions, she began acting in films by auteur directors Jean-Luc Godard (Hail Mary, 1985), Jacques Doillon (Family Life, 1985) and André Téchiné, who made her a star in France with the leading role in his 1985 drama Rendez-vous. Her sensual performance in her English-language debut The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), directed by Philip Kaufman, launched her international career.
She sparked the interest of Steven Spielberg, who offered her several parts including a role in Jurassic Park which she declined, choosing instead to join Krzysztof Kieślowski in Three Colours: Blue (1993), a performance for which she won the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actress and a César.
Three years later Binoche gained further acclaim in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996), for which she was awarded an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in addition to the Best Actress Award at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival. For her performance in Lasse Hallström’s romantic comedy Chocolat (2000), Binoche was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
During the 2000s she maintained a successful career, alternating between French and English language roles in both mainstream and art-house productions. In 2010, she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy making her the first actress to win the European “Best Actress Triple Crown” (for winning best actress award at the Berlin, Cannes and Venice film festivals).
Throughout her career Binoche has intermittently appeared on stage, most notably in a 1998 London production of Luigi Pirandello’s Naked and in a 2000 production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on Broadway for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. In 2008 she began a world tour with a modern dance production in-i devised in collaboration with Akram Khan.
Often referred to as “La Binoche” by the press, her other notable performances include: Mauvais Sang (1986), Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991), Damage (1992), The Horseman on the Roof (1995), Code Unknown (2000), Caché (2005), Breaking and Entering (2006), Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), and Clouds of Sils Maria (2014).
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She was born in Paris on 9 March 1964, she is the daughter of Jean-Marie Binoche, a director, actor, and sculptor, and Monique Yvette Stalens, a teacher, director, and actress. Her father, who is French, also has one eighth Portuguese-Brazilian ancestry; he was raised partly in Morocco by his French-born parents. Juliette’s mother was born in Częstochowa, Poland.
Binoche’s maternal grandfather, Andre Stalens, was born in Poland, of Belgian (Walloon) and French descent, and Binoche’s maternal grandmother, Julia Helena Młynarczyk, was of Polish origin. Both of them were actors who were born in Częstochowa; the German Nazi occupiers imprisoned them at Auschwitz as intellectuals.
When Binoche’s parents divorced in 1968, four-year-old Binoche and her sister Marion were sent to a provincial boarding school. During their teens, the Binoche sisters spent their school holidays with their maternal grandmother, not seeing their parents for months at a time. Binoche has stated that this perceived parental abandonment had a profound effect on her.
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Juliette Binoche was not particularly academic and in her teenage years began acting at school in amateur stage productions. At seventeen, she directed and starred in a student production of the Eugène Ionesco play, Exit the King. She studied acting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (CNSAD), but quit after a short time as she disliked the curriculum.
In the early 1980s, she found an agent through a friend and joined a theater troupe, touring France, Belgium and Switzerland under the pseudonym “Juliette Adrienne”. Around this time she began lessons with acting coach Vera Gregh.
Her first professional screen experience came as an extra in the three-part TF1 television series Dorothée, danseuse de corde (1983) directed by Jacques Fansten, followed by a similarly small role in the provincial television film Fort bloque directed by Pierrick Guinnard. After this Binoche secured her first feature-film appearance with a minor role in Pascal Kané’s Liberty Belle (1983). Her role required just two days on–set, but was enough to inspire Binoche to pursue a career in film.
Juliette Binoche husband
André Halle from 1992 to 1995 they had 1 son
Benoît Magimel from 1998 to 2003 they had 1 daughter
Santiago Amigorena from 2005 to 2008
Patrick Muldoon from 2003 to 2005, from 2014 to present
Juliette Binoche children
Juliette Binoche has two children: a son Raphaël born on 2 September 1993 and a daughter Hana born on 16 December 1999
Juliette Binoche films and career
After the success of Chocolat, Juliette Binoche was internationally recognized as an A-list movie star in the early 2000s, but as an actor her persona became somewhat fixed following a series of period roles portraying a stoic heroine facing tragedy and desolation.
Keen to try something new, Binoche returned to French cinema in 2002 in an unlikely role: she played a ditsy beautician in Jet Lag opposite Jean Reno. The film, directed by Daniele Thompson, was a box-office hit in France and Binoche was once again nominated for a César for Best Actress. The film tells the story of a couple who meet at an airport during a strike.
Initially the pair despises each other, but, over the course of one night, they find common ground and maybe even love. This playful spirit continued when Binoche featured in a 2003 Italian television commercial for the chocolates Ferrero Rocher. The advertisement played upon her Chocolat persona featuring Binoche handing out the chocolates to people on the streets of Paris.
In a more serious vein, Binoche travelled to South Africa to make John Boorman’s In My Country (2004) opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Based on the book Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog, the film examines The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings following the abolition of Apartheid in the mid-1990s.
Although the film premiered at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, it received much criticism for the inclusion of a fictional romantic liaison and for its depiction of black South Africans. Despite the negative reception, Binoche was extremely enthusiastic about the film and her connection with Boorman.
Her sister, Marion Stalens, also travelled to South Africa to shoot a documentary, La reconciliation?, which explores the TRC process and follows Binoche’s progress as she acts in Boorman’s film. Next, Binoche re-teamed with Michael Haneke for Caché. The film was an immediate success, winning best director for Haneke at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, while Binoche was nominated for a European Film Award for Best Actress for her role.
The film tells the story of a bourgeois Parisian couple, played by Binoche and Daniel Auteuil, who begin to receive anonymous videotapes containing footage shot over long periods, surveying the outside of their home. Caché went on to feature in the number one position on the “Top 10 of the 2000s” list published by The Times at the end of the decade.
Binoche’s next film, Bee Season, based on the celebrated novel by Myla Goldberg, cast her opposite Richard Gere. The film was not a success at the box office taking less than $5 million worldwide. For many critics the film, although intelligent, was “distant and diffuse”.
Bee Season depicts the emotional disintegration of a family just as their daughter begins to win national spelling bees. Mary (2005) featured Binoche in a somewhat unlikely collaboration with the controversial American director Abel Ferrara for an investigation of modern faith and Mary Magdalene’s position within the Catholic Church.
Featuring Forest Whitaker, Matthew Modine and Marion Cotillard, Mary was a success, winning the Grand Prix at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Despite these accolades and favorable reviews, particularly from the cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, Mary failed to secure a distributor in key markets such as the US and the UK
The Cannes Film Festival in 2006 saw Binoche feature in the anthology film Paris, je t’aime appearing in a section directed by the Japanese director Nobuhiro Suwa. Suwa’s Place des Victoires is the story of a grief-stricken mother who manages to have a final brief moment with her dead son.
The segment also features Willem Dafoe and Hippolyte Girardot. Paris, je t’aime was a popular success, taking over $17 million, at the world box-office. In September 2006, Binoche appeared at the Venice Film Festival to launch A Few Days in September, written and directed by Santiago Amigorena.
Despite an impressive cast including John Turturro, Nick Nolte and up-coming French star Sara Forestier, the film was a failure. A Few Days in September is a thriller set between 5 and 11 September 2001, in which Binoche plays a French secret service agent, who may, or may not, have information relating to impending attacks on the U.S.
The film was the recipient of harsh criticism from the press for its perceived trivialization of the events of 11 September 2001. While promoting the film in the UK, Binoche told an interviewer she believed the CIA and other government agencies must have had foreknowledge of the 11 September attacks, as depicted in the film.
Next Binoche traveled to the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Breaking and Entering, her second film with Anthony Minghella in the director’s chair, based on his first original screenplay since his break-through film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). In Breaking and Entering, Binoche played a Bosnian refugee living in London, while Jude Law co-starred as a well-to-do businessman drawn into her life via an act of deception.
In preparation for her role, Binoche travelled to Sarajevo where she met women who had survived the war of the 1990s. Lushly photographed by Benoît Delhomme, Breaking and Entering portrays intersecting lives amongst the flux of urban renewal in inner-city London.
Despite the fact that Binoche was praised for her performance, the film did not ring true for critics and failed to find an audience. In a review in Variety, Todd McCarthy writes that, “Binoche, physically unchanged as ever, plays Amira’s controlled anguish with skill”. Breaking and Entering also featured Robin Wright, Vera Farmiga, Juliet Stevenson, Rafi Gavron and Martin Freeman.
Although Binoche began the decade on a professional high with an Academy Award nomination for Chocolat, she struggled at the beginning of the 2000s to secure roles that did not confine her to the tragic, melancholic persona developed in the 1990s. Despite the huge success of Caché, other high-profile films such as In My Country, Bee Season and Breaking and Entering failed critically and commercially, Binoche seemed to be at a crossroads in her career.
2007 was the start of a particularly busy period for Binoche, one that would see her take on diverse roles in a series of critically acclaimed international movies giving her film career a new impetus, as she shed the restrictions that seemed to have stifled her career in the early part of the decade. The Cannes Film Festival saw the premiere of Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) by the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien.
It was originally conceived as a short film to form part of a 20th anniversary tribute to the Musée D’Orsay, to be produced by Serge Lemoine president of the museum. When that idea failed to find sufficient funding, Hou developed it into a feature-length film and secured the necessary financing.
The film was well received by international critics and went on to debut around the world early in 2008. Paying homage to Albert Lamorisse’s 1957 short The Red Balloon, Hou’s film tells the story of a woman’s efforts to juggle her responsibilities as a single mother with her commitment to her career as a voice artist. Shot on location in Paris, the film was entirely improvised by the cast. The film was number one on the influential critic J. Hoberman’s “Top 10 List” for 2008 published in The Village Voice.
Disengagement by Amos Gitai premiered out-of-competition at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Co-starring Liron Levo and Jeanne Moreau, Disengagement is a political drama charting the story of a French woman, of Dutch/Palestinian origin, who goes in search of a daughter she abandoned 20 years previously on the Gaza strip. She arrives in Gaza during the 2005 Israeli disengagement.
The film won the prestigious Premio Roberto Rossellini and was critically acclaimed, particularly by the eminent Cahiers du Cinema. However the film proved more controversial in Israel where state television station Channel 1 withdrew financial support for the film citing the “left-wing nature of Gitai’s films”.
In stark contrast, Peter Hedges co-wrote and directed the Disney-produced Dan in Real Life, a romantic comedy featuring Binoche alongside Steve Carell. It was released in October 2007, becoming a popular commercial success in the US, before debuting around the world in 2008.
The film grossed over $65 million at the worldwide box-office. Dan in Real Life is the story of a widowed man (Carell) who meets, and instantly falls for, a woman (Binoche), only to discover she is the new girlfriend of his brother. The film also features Dane Cook, Emily Blunt and Diane Wiest.
Back in France, Binoche experienced popular and critical success in Paris directed by Cédric Klapisch. Paris is Klapisch’s personal ode to the French capital and features an impressive ensemble of French talent, including Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini and Mélanie Laurent.
Paris was one of the most successful French films internationally in recent years, having grossed over $22 million at the world box office. Binoche and Klapisch had originally met on the set of Mauvais Sang in 1986, where Klapisch was working as a set electrician.
Also in France, Summer Hours (2008), directed by Olivier Assayas, is the critically acclaimed story of three siblings who struggle with the responsibility of disposing of their late mother’s valuable art collection. The film premiered in France in March 2008 and had its U.S. debut at the 2008 New York Film Festival, before going on general release in the U.S. on 19 May 2009.
Widely acclaimed, the film was nominated for the Prix Louis Delluc in France and appeared on numerous U.S. “Top 10 lists”, including first place on David Edelstein’s “Top 10 of 2009” list in New York Magazine, and J.R. Jones’s list in the Chicago Reader. Summer Hours also features Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier and Édith Scob.
In the autumn of 2008, Binoche starred in a theatrical dance production titled in-i, co-created with renowned choreographer Akram Khan. The show, a love story told through dance and dialogue, featured stage design by Anish Kapoor and music by Philip Sheppard. It premiered at the National Theatre in London before embarking on a world tour. In The Sunday Times in the UK commented that, “Binoche’s physical achievement is incredible: Khan is a master mover”.
The production was part of a ‘Binoche Season’ titled Ju’Bi’lations, also featuring a retrospective of her film work and an exhibition of her paintings, which were also published in a bilingual book Portraits in Eyes. The book featured ink portraits of Binoche as each of her characters and of each director she had worked with up to that time. She also penned a few lines to each director.
In April 2006 and again in December 2007, Binoche travelled to Tehran at the invitation of Abbas Kiarostami. While there in 2007, she shot a cameo appearance in his film Shirin (2008) which he was shooting at the time.
Binoche’s visit proved controversial when two Iranian MPs raised the matter in parliament, advising more caution be exercised in granting visas to foreign celebrities which might lead to “cultural destruction”. In June 2009 Binoche began work on Certified Copy directed by Kiarostami. The film was an Official Selection in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Binoche won the Best Actress Award at the festival for her performance.
The film went on general release in France on 19 May 2010 to very positive reviews. Her win at the 2010 Cannes Film festival makes Binoche the first actress to win the European “best actress triple crown”: Best Actress at Venice for Three Colors: Blue, Best Actress at Berlin for The English Patient and Best Actress at Cannes for Certified Copy.
The September 2010 UK release of the film was overshadowed when French actor Gérard Depardieu made disparaging comments about Binoche to the Austrian magazine Profil, “Please can you explain to me what the mystery of Juliette Binoche is meant to be?” he said. “I would really like to know why she has been so esteemed for so many years.
Juliette Binoche has nothing – absolutely nothing”. In response, while promoting Certified Copy, Binoche spoke to movie magazine Empire saying, “I don’t know him. I understand you don’t have to like everyone and you can dislike someone’s work. But I don’t understand the violence [of his statements]… I do not understand why he is behaving like this. It is his problem.”
Certified Copy proved to be controversial in Kiarostami’s homeland when Iranian authorities announced on 27 May 2010 that the film was to be banned in Iran, apparently due to Binoche’s attire; Deputy Culture Minister Javad Shamaqdari is quoted as saying, “If Juliette Binoche were better clad it could have been screened but due to her attire there will not be a general screening.”
Following the success of Certified Copy, Binoche appeared in a brief supporting role in The Son of No One for American writer and director Dito Montiel. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Al Pacino and Ray Liotta. The Son of No One premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to fairly negative reaction.
It was acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment for distribution in the US and other key territories arriving in selected US cinemas on 4 November 2011. As of December 2011, according to film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Son of No One is Juliette Binoche’s least critically successful film, with only 18% of critics giving it a positive review.
In June 2010, Binoche started work on Elles for Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska. Elles, produced under the working title Sponsoring, is an examination of teenage prostitution with Juliette Binoche playing a journalist for ELLE. The film was released in France on 1 February 2012. On 12 January 2011, Variety announced that Juliette Binoche would star in Another Woman’s Life loosely based on the novel La Vie d’une Autre by Frédérique Deghelt.
Released in France on 15 February 2012, the film is the directorial debut of the French actress Sylvie Testud and co-stars actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz. Another Woman’s Life is the story of Marie (Binoche) a young woman who meets and spends the night with Paul (Kassovitz).
When she wakes up, she discovers that 15 years have passed. Withs no memory of these years she learns she has acquired an impressive career, a son and a marriage to Paul which seems headed for divorce. The film met with generally mixed reviews in France.
On 17 February 2011, Screendaily announced that Binoche had been cast in David Cronenberg’s film Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, and Samantha Morton. Binoche appeared in a supporting role as a New York art dealer, Didi Fancher, who is having an affair with Pattinson’s Eric Packer. The film, produced by Paulo Branco, began principal photography on 24 May 2011 and was released in 2012, following a competition slot at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Cosmopolis received mixed reviews from critics.
August 2012 saw the French release of An Open Heart opposite Edgar Ramirez and directed by Marion Laine. Based on the novel Remonter l’Orénoque by Mathias Énard, the film is the story of the obsessive relationship between two highly successful surgeons. The film depicts the impact of an unexpected pregnancy and alcoholism on their relationship. The second film directed by Laine, An Open Heart met with tepid reviews in France and poor box office receipts.
Released at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915 is a drama recounting three days of the thirty years French artist Camille Claudel (Binoche) spent in a mental asylum though she had not been diagnosed with any malady.
The film examines Claudel’s fight to maintain her sanity and find creative inspiration while awaiting a visit from her brother, the poet Paul Claudel. The film received excellent reviews with Binoche in particular gaining excellent reviews for her performance.
Following this Binoche has completed work on A Thousand Times Good Night for director Erik Poppe in which she plays a war photographer, the romantic drama Words and Pictures with Clive Owen from veteran director Fred Schepisi. She co-starred in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which was theatrically released in May 2014.
August 2013 saw Binoche reunite with Olivier Assayas for Clouds of Sils Maria. The film was written especially for Binoche and plot elements parallel her life. It also featured Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz. The film had its debut at Cannes 2014. Following this role Binoche was slated to appear in Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet which was due to begin shooting late in 2013.
In 2015, Binoche starred on stage in a new English language translation of Antigone. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the production had a world premier in Luxembourg at the end of February. Then, it embarked an international tour to London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Paris, Recklinghausen and New York.
“I don’t look back on the past because I like to live in the present. I know this makes some people think I probably never cared, but I need my freedom and I like to keep moving.” – Juliette Binoche
Binoche narrated the new documentary film titled Talking about Rose about the Chad soldier Rose Lokissim who fought against Hissène Habré’s dictatorship in the 1980s.
In 2016, Binoche reunites with Bruno Dumont for a comedy film Slack Bay. In October 2017, she performed Barbara’s autobiographical prose in the Philharmonie de Paris, accompanied by the french pianist Alexandre Tharaud.
Juliette Binoche movies
- Code Unknown
- The Widow of Saint-Pierre
- Jet Lag
- In My Country
- Bee Season
- Breaking and Entering
- A Few Days in September
- Paris, je t’aime
- Dan in Real Life
- Flight of the Red Balloon
- Summer Hours
- Certified Copy
- The Son of No One
- Mademoiselle Julie
- Another Woman’s Life
- An Open Heart
- Camille Claudel 1915
- A Thousand Times Good Night
- Words and Pictures
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- The 33
- 7 Letters
- Endless Night
- The Wait
- Slack Bay
- Ghost in the Shell
- Baby Bumps
- Let the Sunshine In
- High Life
- Non Fiction
- All That You Know
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Juliette Binoche awards
1986 – Prix Romy Schneider
1992 – European Film Award – Best Actress – Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
1993 – Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Camera
1993 – Venice Film Festival – Best Actress – Three Colors: Blue
1996 – National Board of Review – Best Supporting Actress – The English Patient
1997 – Berlin International Film Festival – Best Actress – The English Patient
1997 – European Film Award – Best Actress – The English Patient
1997 – Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress – The English Patient
2010 – Cannes Film Festival – Best Actress – Certified Copy
2010 – Kerry Film Festival – Maureen O’Hara Award
2010 – Cairo International Film Festival – Lifetime achievement
2013 – Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Best Actress – Camille Claudel 1915
2014 – Manaki Brothers Film Festival – Special Golden Camera 300 for contribution in world the Art of Cinema
2014 – Locarno International Film Festival – Excellence Award Moët & Chandon
2001 – Screen Actors Guild Award – Best Actress – Chocolat
2001 – Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Chocolat
2001 – Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Cast – Chocolat
2005 – European Film Award Best Actress; – Caché
2005 – London Critics Circle Film Awards – Best Actress – Caché
2006 – British Independent Film Award – Best Actress – Breaking & Entering
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See How Juliette Binoche’s Showstopping Met Gala Look Came Together
his year, Juliette Binoche is attending the Met Gala for the very first time. What compelled the French actress to make this year’s event—themed “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”—her first one? “Well, Olivier [Rousteing] invited me, and we’ve known each other for almost two years, and I love his energy, and he’s very generous,” Binoche said, referencing the 32-year-old Balmain creative mastermind who is dressing her for the affair.
Binoche—wearing jeans and a loose button-down top, sitting on a bench outside the Soho Grand Hotel on Sunday, about 24 hours before the famed First Monday in May—said she does not have any “preconceptions” about what attending the glamorous event will be like. “They told me, though, that it’s a little mad. So I hope I’ll be chilling more than being tense—that’s my hope . . . I hope to be relaxed.” About 10 minutes earlier, she had been standing in the hotel’s penthouse outfitted in the shimmering hooded gown made of gold crystals that she will wear to the event. Rousteing was by her side, examining the fabric and crouching to handle the train.
Binoche said wearing the resplendent long-sleeved and V-neck dress, adorned with an elaborate belt embellishment, “feels like being in a fairyland.” When she learned about this year’s theme, she said she immediately thought of the unicorn: “Because it has its mystery, [and] it’s a symbol of Christianity.” Binoche explained that Rousteing drew sketches of “lots of different dresses,” and that she and her stylist immediately gravitated toward the one she selected. Her first reaction when she saw the dress for the first time? “Light—that was my first thought.”