Anne Fontaine

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Anne Fontaine
Born Anne Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc
(1959-07-15) 15 July 1959 (age 56)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Philippe Carcassonne
Children 1

Anne Fontaine (born Anne Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc; 15 July 1959) is a film director, 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 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. In 1995, she worked with her brother on the comic Augustin. Two years later, she wrote and directed the successful Dry Cleaning (Nettoyage à Sec). It won the Best Screenplay award at the 1997 Venice Film Festival 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, King of Kung-Fu. How I Killed My Father was released in 2001, and Nathalie... followed in 2003. The 2005 film, Entre ses mains was 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 The Girl From Monaco in 2008 and 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]


As filmmaker[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
1993 Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général Yes Yes Prix Jean Vigo
1995 Augustin Yes Yes Nominated—Prix Un Certain Regard (1995 Cannes Film Festival)
1997 L'@mour est à réinventer Yes Yes Segment: Tapin du soir
1997 Dry Cleaning Yes Yes Golden Osella for Best Original Screenplay (54th Venice International Film Festival)
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
Nominated—Golden Lion (54th Venice International Film Festival)
1999 Augustin, King of Kung-Fu Yes Yes
2001 How I Killed My Father Yes Yes Nominated—Golden Leopard (Locarno International Film Festival)
2003 Nathalie... Yes Yes
2005 Entre ses mains Yes Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
Nominated—Golden Shell (San Sebastián International Film Festival)
2006 Nouvelle chance Yes Yes
2008 The Girl from Monaco Yes Yes
2009 Coco Before Chanel Yes Yes Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director
2011 My Worst Nightmare Yes Yes
2013 Adore Yes Yes
2014 Gemma Bovery Yes Yes
2016 Agnus Dei Yes Yes

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


  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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