Award-winner at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale and the Venice International Film Festival, Juliette Binoche is the only French actress to have made the "Grand Slam": to win awards at all three of the biggest international film festivals. Returning to the scene of her wins she was President of the jury at the Berlinale in 2019. A zoom in on Juliette Binoche, an exceptional star.
Childhood and promising beginnings
Born in 1964 to actor parents, Juliette Binoche was always attracted to painting and theatre. At the age of 17, she took classes at the conservatoire of the 10th district of Paris but also in the 2nd and 5th arrondissements. She decided to continue her studies after her baccalaureate in this direction and entered the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art inspired by Vera Gregh.
At age 19, she made an appearance in her first film, which allowed her to make herself known and to take small roles with Jean-luc Godard, Doillon and Téchiné.
Juliette Binoche won her first award in 1986, the Romy Schneider prize, awarded to a promising actress in French-language cinema.
Two years later, she began her international career by touring the United States alongside Daniel-Day Lewis in Philip Kaufman's Unbearable lightness of Being.
An exceptional awards collection
1993 was a highly emotional time for Juliette Binoche. After refusing a role in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park to focus on Three Colours: Blue, she won her first César and the Interpretive Award in Venice. Joined since then by Julianne Moore, she is the first actress to have been awarded the prize of interpretation in the three biggest international film festivals:
- At the Venice Film Festival, for her role in Three Colours: Blue (1993), by Krzysztof Kieślowski
- At the Berlinale, for her role in The English Patient (1996), by Anthony Minghella
- At the Cannes Film Festival, for her role in Copie conforme (2010), by Abbas Kiarostami
At ease in all fields, from drama to comedy, from blockbuster to arthouse film, it is undoubtedly her adaptability that has allowed her to be nominated for three different roles the same year in 2001, A performance she is the only French to have achieved. She was nominated for the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes and Oscars for Lasse Hallström's Le Chocolat, Césars for Saint-Pierre's Widow by Patrice Leconte and the Tony Awards for Treason, a play.
Juliette Binoche is also the only French woman to have been nominated in three Golden Globe categories. She has also been nominated for two Oscars, one of which she has won. She will say later that she thinks she won it by accident. Juliette cut herself on the set of the English Patient and made herself bleed and she cried. She then said in 2017 "I think I got the Oscar because of that, because of a stupid accident that happened to me on the set,". She's still one of the few French actresses to have won the coveted award, alongside Simone Signoret and Marion Cotillard.
2019 and off to a roaring start
Juliette Binoche has started off the year well. President of the jury of the Berlinale, from February 7- 17th, 2019, then Honorary President of the Globes de Cristal (rewarding culture, art and entertainment) on February 4, 2019, and we will find her at the cinema in La vérité du réalisateur Japanese Kore-Eda. She will feature on the poster with Catherine Deneuve.
Top 10 Juliette Binoche films
Trois couleurs : Bleu - by Krzysztof Kieślowski with Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy and Zbigniew Zamachowski - 1993
Fatale - by Louis Malle with Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche and Miranda Richardson - 1992
Le patient anglais - by Anthony Minghella with Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe - 1996
Sils Maria - by Olivier Assayas with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz - 2014
Les amants du Pont Neuf - by Leos Carax with Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant and Klaus Michael Gruber - 1991
Le chocolat - by Lasse Hallström with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp and Victoire Thivisol - 2000
Mauvais sang - by Leos Carax with Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche and Michel Piccoli - 1986
Le Hussard sur le toit - by Jean-Paul Rappeneau with Juliette Binoche, Olivier Martinez and François Cluzet - 1995
L'insoutenable légèreté de l'être - by Philip Kaufman with Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin - 1988
La veuve de Saint-Pierre - by Patrice Leconte with Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil and Emir Kusturica - 2000
2018 - Nominated at the Césars for: Un Beau Soleil Intérieur
Nominated at the Lumières de la presse étrangère for: Un Beau Soleil Intérieur
2017 - Nominated at the European film awards for : Un Beau Soleil Intérieur
2015 - Nominated at the Césars for : Sils Maria
Nominated at the Lumières de la presse étrangère for : Sils Maria
2014 - Nominated at the Lumières de la presse étrangère for : Camille Claudel, 1915
2013 - Nominated at the Festival international de Marrakech
2011 - Nominated at the Brutus du cinéma for : Copie conforme
Nominated at the Lumières de la presse étrangère dans : Copie conforme
2010 - Lauréat Prix d'interprétation féminine at Festival de Cannes for : Copie conforme
2003 - Nominated at the Césars for : Décalage horaire
2001 - Nominated at the BAFTA awards for : Le Chocolat
Nominated at the Césars for : La Veuve de Saint-Pierre
Nominated at the Golden Globes for : Le Chocolat
Nominated at the Oscars for : Le Chocolat
1997 - Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role at the BAFTA awards for : Le Patient anglais
Silver Bear Laureate for Best Actress at the Berlinale for : Le Patient anglais
Nominated at the Golden Globes for : Le Patient anglais
Oscar winner for Best Actressin a Supporting Role for : Le Patient anglais
1996 - Nominated at the Césars for : Le Hussard sur le toit
1994 - César Award for Best Actress : Trois couleurs - Bleu
1994 - Nominated at the Golden Globes for : Trois couleurs - Bleu
1993 - Nominated at the Césars for : Fatale
Winner Volpi Cup for the Best Female Performance at the Venice Film Festival for : Trois couleurs - Bleu
1992 - Nominated at the Césars for : Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
1987 - Nominated at the Césars for : Mauvais sang
1986 - Nominated at the Césars for : Rendez-vous
Winner of the Prix Romy Schneider