Bérénice Bejo

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Bérénice Bejo
Berenice Bejo Cannes 2011 cropped.jpg
Born (1976-07-07) 7 July 1976 (age 37)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Michel Hazanavicius (2 children)

Bérénice Bejo (French pronunciation: ​[be.ʁe.nis be.ʒo]; born 7 July 1976) is an Argentine and French actress, who played Christiana in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale and Peppy Miller in the 2011 film The Artist. Her work in The Artist received a nomination for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won her the César Award for Best Actress.

Biography[edit]

Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the daughter of Argentine filmmaker Miguel Bejo and his wife Silvia, a lawyer.[1][2] When she was three, her family moved to France, escaping from the Argentine Dirty War.[3]

In 2006, she starred in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, where she met director Michel Hazanavicius, whom she later married. They have two children: Lucien and Gloria.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2001, Bejo made her American film debut, playing the role of Christiana in A Knight's Tale opposite Heath Ledger. Christiana is a confidante of Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon).

In 2002, she toured in France with Marie-France Pisier and Guillaume Depardieu.

In 2003, Bejo starred as Olivia in 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman by Laurent Bouhnik.

Under the direction of Steve Suissa, she seduces Stephane Freiss and Titoff in The Grand Role (2004), and a comedy about the world of actors, and Cavalcade (2005), a drama dealing with the theme of disability.

In 2006, she made a comeback by acting alongside Jean Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies by Michel Hazanavicius. This is the first collaboration of the trio.[4]

In 2007, she made an appearance in the short film La Pomme d'Adam.

In 2008, she appeared in two romantic comedies: Modern Love Bouquet and Stéphane Kazandjian. The same year she gave birth to her first child by Hazanavicius.

In 2009, she participated in the documentary by Serge Bromberg (fr), Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno. The documentary reconstructs Clouzot's film, alternating between scenes from the 1964 film and dialogue readings between Jacques Gamblin (for Serge Reggiani) and Béjo (for Romy Schneider).

In 2010 she appeared in the film Prey.[5][citation needed]

In the 2011 film, The Artist, which is directed by Hazanavicius and stars Dujardin, Bejo plays Peppy Miller, a 1920s film actress. Her performance received critical acclaim, the César Award for Best Actress,[6] and several award nominations: the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role,[7] the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture award,[8] BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[9]

In 2012, she was announced as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[10] She dubbed the role of Mérida in the French dub of the Disney/Pixar film Brave.[11] In June 2012, Bejo was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[12] The same month, she received the Prix Romy Schneider.

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival she won the award for Best Actress for her role in the film The Past.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Bérénice Bejo, 2007
Year Title Role Director Notes
2000 Meilleur espoir féminin (fr)
(Most Promising Actress)
Laetitia Rance Gérard Jugnot Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actress
2000 La Captive Emma Verdier Chantal Akerman
2000 Passionnément Faustine Bruno Nuytten55
2001 A Knight's Tale Christiana Brian Helgeland
2002 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman Olivia Laurent Bouhnik
2002 Comme un avion Lola Marie-France Pisier
2003 Dissonances Margo Jérôme Cornuau
2005 Cavalcade Manon Steve Suissa
2006 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Larmina El Akmar Betouche Michel Hazanavicius
2008 Modern Love Elsa Stéphane Kazandjian
2010 Prey (La Traque) Claire Antoine Blossier
2011 The Artist Peppy Miller Michel Hazanavicius Capri Actress Award
César Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Cinema Vanguard Award
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Women Film Critics Cicle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Jean Dujardin)
Nominated– Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated– Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated– Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated– Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated– Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated– San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated– Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Populaire Marie Taylor Régis Roinsard
2012 Brave Mérida Mark Andrews
Brenda Chapman
French dub
2013 Au bonheur des ogres (fr) Aunt Julia Nicolas Bary
2013 The Past (Le Passé) Marie Brisson Asghar Farhadi Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign-Language Film
2014 Le Dernier Diamant Julia Eric Barbier
2014 The Search Michel Hazanavicius

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diego Lerer (13 March 2003). "Estaba peleado con el país". Clarin (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Gabriel de Lerma (17 February 2012). "Bérénice Bejo, en la cima de la popularidad". El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Agence France-Presse (25 January 2012). "Bérénice Bejo se sent 'aussi Argentine que Française'". La Dépêche (in French). Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Scott Feinberg (8 February 2012). "Bérénice Bejo, Silent Star of The Artist, Talks About the Two Leading Men in Her Life". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Kay, Jeremy (19 May 2010). "IFC picks up US rights to Heartbeats, Prey from Rezo". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Artist wins six César awards". The Telegraph. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  7. ^ SAG awards list, sagawards.org.
  8. ^ Golden Globes list, goldenglobes.org.
  9. ^ BBC Oscars coverage 2012
  10. ^ "The Artist star to host Cannes film ceremonies". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bérénice Bejo, la voix de Merida dans Rebelle", Le Figaro (French)
  12. ^ "Academy Invites 176 to Membership" (Press release). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 29, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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