Diane Kurys (French: [djan kyris]; born December 3, 1948) is a French filmmaker and actress. Born in Lyon, Rhône, France, her parents divorced when she was a child. Several of her films as director are autobiographical.
She began as an actress with Jean-Louis Barrault's company. She gained film stardom, but felt unable to express herself under "the director or any kind of authority or control." This lead to her transitioning into writing and film making.
With a government grant, she made her first film as director, Diabolo menthe (1977) (aka Peppermint Soda), which explored her life as a child of divorced parents, and focused on her relationship with her sister, to whom she dedicated the movie. Cocktail Molotov (1980) was her next film. In Coup de Foudre (1983) (aka Entre Nous), the divorce issue is revisited, with Isabelle Huppert playing the heroine's mother.
Kurys made her first English-language film, A Man in Love, in 1987 starring Peter Coyote and Greta Scacchi. At the film's conclusion, Scacchi's character gives up acting to become a writer; echoing Kurys's own transition in life.
C'est la vie (aka La Baule-les-Pins) (1990) returned to her alter-ego leading character's adolescent years. Huppert also appeared in Après l'amour (1992) (aka Love After Love). À la folie (aka Six Days, Six Nights) (1994) examined the relationship between two adult sisters. She also directed the period film Children of the Century (1999) and the 2008 biopic Sagan. Her latest film is Pour une femme, released in 2013, which stars Benoît Magimel, Mélanie Thierry and Nicolas Duvauchelle.
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