Guillaume Canet

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Guillaume Canet
Guillaume Canet Cannes 2013.jpg
Guillaume Canet at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1973-04-10) 10 April 1973 (age 41)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Diane Kruger (m. 2001–06)
Partner(s) Marion Cotillard (2007–present)
Children 1
Website
guillaumecanet.net

Guillaume Canet (born 10 April 1973) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter.

Canet began his career in theatre and television before moving to film. He starred in several films like Joyeux Noël, Love Me If You Dare and The Beach. In 2006, he turned to writing and directing with Tell No One and won a César Award for Best Director.

Canet has also received attention because of his personal life. He was formerly married to actress Diane Kruger. After they divorced he began a relationship with Marion Cotillard that was closely followed by the media.

Early life and career[edit]

Canet was born in Boulogne-Billancourt on 10 April 1973 to a family of horse breeders. Canet intended to become a show jumper and performed with the junior French National Equestrian Team.[1] However, after a fall from his horse at age 18 he turned to acting and enrolled in the Cours Florent drama school. In 1994, he appeared in the Théâtre Hébertot production of La Ville dont le prince est un enfant with Christophe Malavoy. After working in various television shows and commercials, Canet made his film debut in the short film "Fils unique".

In 1997, he appeared in the thriller film Barracuda for which he won a prix d'interprétation (best actor award) at the Festival Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1999. The same year he was nominated for a César Award for his role as Vincent Mazet in the comedy film En plein cœur. He then traveled abroad to film Danny Boyle's The Beach. After completing The Beach, Canet starred opposite Sophie Marceau in La fidélité and in Jerry Schatzberg's The Day the Ponies Come Back.

In 2002, Canet starred with Gérard Depardieu in the science fiction film Vidocq. He also directed and wrote his first feature film the same year, Mon idole, which also starred his wife Diane Kruger. In 2003, he appeared opposite Marion Cotillard in Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare which became a sleeper hit.[2] Canet next appeared in the international production Joyeux Noël which tells the story of the World War I Christmas cease fire. The film—which also featured Kruger—was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Canet released his second feature film in 2006, Tell No One, an adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel of the same name. Tell No One was the ninth top grossing French film of 2006 and went on to win four César awards, including a César Award for Best Director for Canet.[3]

His upcoming film Blood Ties has been selected to be screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, he started a relationship with German-born model and actress Diane Kruger.[5] They were married on 1 September 2001.[6] In January 2006, Canet and Kruger filed for divorce.[7] Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.[8]

Canet has been romantically involved with his Love Me If You Dare co-star Marion Cotillard since late 2007.[9] The couple later appeared together in the 2009 film The Last Flight.[10] The couple has attracted considerable attention from the French media, but they have not discussed their relationship and did not appear together on a red carpet event until the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.[11] On 10 January 2011, Canet and Cotillard told People magazine that they were expecting their first child in May 2011.[12] The couple welcomed their son, Marcel, on 19 May 2011.[13]

Filmography as an actor[edit]

Filmography as a director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1996 Sans Regrets Short Film
1998 Je taim Short Film
Writer
2000 Scénarios sur la drogue TV
Short Film
J'peux pas dormir Short Film
Writer
2002 Mon Idole Producer/Writer
Nominated – César Award for Best Debut
2006 Tell No One French Title: Ne le dis à personne
Writer
César Award for Best Director
Nominated – César Award for Best Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Writing–Adaptation
2010 Little White Lies also Writer
2013 Blood Ties also Writer

Frequent casting[edit]

Actor Mon idole
(2002)
Tell No One
(2006)
Little White Lies
(2010)
Blood Ties
(2013)
François Cluzet YesY YesY
Marion Cotillard YesY YesY
Gilles Lellouche YesY YesY YesY
François Berléand YesY YesY
Anne Marivin YesY YesY YesY
Guillaume Canet YesY YesY YesY

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florence Gatté (1 July 2008). "Guillaume Canet à armes égales". France-Amérique. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Benny Crick (28 October 2003). "Love Me If You Dare (Jeux D'Enfants)". Screen. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Guillaume Evin (26 July 2007). "Luc Besson se lance en bourse". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Rebecca Murray & Fred Topel. "Guillaume Canet Interview". movies.about.com. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guillaume Canet – Biography". IMDB.com. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Diane Kruger and Guillaume Canet to Divorce". Hollywood.com. 18 January 2006. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Helen Barlow (9 April 2007). "Vintage Kruger". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Guillaume Canet et Marion Cotillard amoureux". Ninapeople.com. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  10. ^ John Hopewell & Elsa Bertet (14 May 2008). "Marion Cotillard to star in 'Last Flight'". Variety. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Marion Cotillard : bientôt des enfants avec Guillaume Canet?". Voici. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Jordan, Julie (10 January 2011). "Marion Cotillard Pregnant". People. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Peter Milbank (20 May 2011). "Marion Cotillard welcomes son Marcel". People.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 

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