Anne Fontaine

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Anne Fontaine
Born Anne Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc
(1959-07-15) 15 July 1959 (age 55)
Luxembourg
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Philippe Carcassonne

Anne Fontaine (born Anne Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc; 15 July 1959) is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and former actress. She lives and works in France.

Life and career[edit]

Born Anne Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc in Luxembourg, sister of actor Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc, she went as a young child to live in Lisbon,[1] where her father, Antoine Sibertin-Blanc, is a music professor and cathedral organist. In adolescence she moved to Paris and trained in dance with Joseph Russillo[2] while continuing her academic education, including philosophy. Her husband is Philippe Carcassonne, the film producer, and they have an adopted son, Tienne, who was born in Cambodia.

While still dancing, she was picked by Robert Hossein to play Esmeralda in a 1980 theatrical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame[3] and around this time started to use the name Anne Fontaine. She continued with acting and became known for her roles in comedies like Si ma gueule vous plaît... (1981) and P.R.O.F.S.(1985). An opportunity to be assistant director came with a 1986 stage version of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night) at the Renaud-Barrault theatre.

Fontaine's first project as solo director, Les histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général (Love Affairs Usually End Badly), won the 1993 Prix Jean Vigo (prize). In 1995, she worked with her brother on the comic Augustin. Two years later, she wrote and directed the successful Nettoyage à Sec (Dry Cleaning). This won the Best Screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival 1997 and is generally considered a milestone on Fontaine's way to becoming "an important figure in contemporary French cinema".[4]

In 1999 the character Augustin (Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc) re-appeared in Fontaine's film Augustin, Roi Du Kung-Fu (Augustin, King of Kung-Fu). Comment j'ai tué mon père (How I Killed My Father) was released in 2001, and Nathalie... followed in 2003. The 2005 film, Entre Ses Mains (In His Hands) has been widely described as a thriller: an "intimate thriller" according to Fontaine herself.[5] A third Augustin film, Nouvelle chance (also known as Oh La La) was released in 2006. Then came La fille de Monaco (The Girl From Monaco) in 2008 and Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel), her biopic of Coco Chanel, in 2009.

Fontaine's work is not easily categorised, though the phrase "psychological drama" is often used. She told a UK newspaper, "I try to work on my characters' blind side, in a kind of Freudian way: to ask, 'What are the things about themselves that they're unaware of?' I'm fascinated by the irony of fate, when something goes into a skid. All my stories have an element of cruelty in them."[6]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1993 Les histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général
1995 Augustin
1996 L'@mour est à réinventer TV mini-series
1997 Nettoyage à sec
1999 Augustin, roi du Kung-fu
2001 How I Killed My Father
2003 Nathalie...
2005 Entre ses mains
2006 Nouvelle chance
2008 The Girl from Monaco
2009 Coco avant Chanel
2011 My Worst Nightmare
2013 Adore
2014 Gemma Bovery

As writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
1993 Les histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général
1995 Augustin
1996 L'@mour est à réinventer TV mini-series
1997 Nettoyage à sec
1999 Augustin, roi du Kung-fu
2001 How I Killed My Father
2003 Nathalie...
2005 Entre ses mains
2006 Nouvelle chance
2008 The Girl from Monaco
2008 Chloe
2009 Coco avant Chanel
2011 My Worst Nightmare
2013 Adore
2014 Gemma Bovery

As actress[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Les mystères de Paris Sarah TV mini-series
1980 Tendres Cousines Justine
1981 Si ma gueule vous plaît... Isabelle
1982 Caméra une première Alba TV series
1984 Le mystérieux docteur Cornélius Andrée de Maubreuil TV mini-series
1985 Entre chats et loups Carole Lambert TV movie
1985 P.R.O.F.S. Marite
1986 Grand hôtel Marite TV series
1987 Children and the White Whale Claudine TV movie
1988 Carte de presse Pauline TV mini-series
1986-1990 Série rose Mathilde / Mme Orlova TV series
1999 Pas de scandale Nathalie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Soleil, Canada (10 Feb 2006)
  2. ^ Libération (9 Jan 2004)
  3. ^ Libération
  4. ^ Sexual Politics and "Dry Cleaning" with Directrice Anne Fontaine
  5. ^ Quoted in a review of the 2006 Australian French Film Festival
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph (17 July 2004)

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