Niels Arestrup

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Niels Arestrup
Niels Arestrup Césars 2014.jpg
Arestrup at the 2014 César Awards
Born (1949-02-08) 8 February 1949 (age 66)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1973–present

Niels Arestrup (born 8 February 1949) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter.

Born in Paris into a family of modest means, his father was Danish and his mother was breton. He has won three César Awards for Best Supporting Actor for The Beat That My Heart Skipped and A Prophet, then Quai d'Orsay. The two first films were directed by Jacques Audiard. He is the most awarded in this category.

On Stage[edit]

Year Title Author Director Notes
1973 La Famille Lodewijk De Boer Derek Goldby
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky André Barsacq
1975 Deathwatch Jean Genet Claude Mathieu
1976-77 Gilles de Rais Roger Planchon Roger Planchon
1979 Platonov Anton Chekhov Gabriel Garran
1981 The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov Peter Brook
1982 La Dernière Nuit de l'été Aleksei Arbuzov Yves Bureau
The Lover Harold Pinter Philippe Ferran
1983 The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov Peter Brook (2)
Miss Julie August Strindberg Andreas Voutsinas
1984 Dom Juan Molière Maurice Bénichou
1985 Fool for Love Sam Shepard Andreas Voutsinas (2)
1986 B29 Alain Page Derek Goldby (2)
1987 2050, le radeau de la mort Harald Müller Hans-Peter Cloos
1988 Three Sisters Anton Tchekhov Maurice Bénichou (2)
1989 The Seagull Anton Tchekhov Andrei Konchalovsky
1990 Tout contre un petit bois Jean-Michel Ribes Jean-Michel Ribes
Sade, concert d'enfers Enzo Cormann Philippe Adrien
The Misanthrope Molière Pierre Pradinas
1991 Ecrit sur l'Eau Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt Niels Arestrup
1993 Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke Niels Arestrup (2)
1995 La Musica deuxième Marguerite Duras Bernard Murat
1996 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee John Berry
1999 Étoiles Pierre Laville Maurice Bénichou (3)
Copenhagen Michael Frayn Michael Blakemore Prix du Syndicat de la critique - Best Actor
Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actor
2000 Fernando Krapp m’a écrit cette lettre Tankred Dorst Bernard Murat (2)
2002 Phèdre Jean Racine Jacques Weber
Une nuit arabe Roland Schimmelpfennig Frédéric Bélier-Garcia
2003 Each In His Own Way Luigi Pirandello Bernard Murat (3)
2004 L'Homme, la bête et la vertu Luigi Pirandello Jean-Claude Idée
Quartett Heiner Müller Hans-Peter Cloos (2)
2005 Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke Niels Arestrup (3) Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actor
2007 Eva Nicolas Bedos Daniel Colas
2008 Beyrouth Hôtel Rémi de Vos Niels Arestrup (4)
2011-12 Diplomacy Cyril Gély Stéphan Meldegg Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actor
2015 Le Souper Jean-Claude Brisville Daniel Benoin

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1974 Messieurs les jurés Jean-Roger Pasquier André Michel TV Series (1 Episode)
La dernière carte Wilhem Kasda Marcel Cravenne TV Movie
Stavisky Rudolph Alain Resnais
Miss O'Gynie et les hommes fleurs Yves Samy Pavel
1976 Lumière Nano Jeanne Moreau
Demain les mômes Philippe Jean Pourtalé
If I Had to Do It All Over Again Henri Lanot Claude Lelouch
The Big Night Léon Francis Reusser
I, you, he, she The driver Chantal Akerman
1977 The Apprentice Sorcerers Danton Edgardo Cozarinsky
The More It Goes, the Less It Goes Vincent Michel Vianey
Cinéma 16 Brandy Bernard Dubois TV Series (1 Episode)
Tauwetter Jean-Luc Markus Imhoof TV Movie
1978 Lulu Schwarz Marcel Bluwal TV Movie
The Song of Roland Oton Frank Cassenti
1979 Le tourbillon des jours Germain Jacques Doniol-Valcroze TV Mini-Series
La passion d'une femme sans coeur Karl Moïse Maatouk Short
Memoirs of a French Whore André Daniel Duval
1980 The Woman Cop Dominique Allier Yves Boisset
Le petit théâtre d'Antenne 2 The client TV Series (1 Episode)
Bruges la morte Hugues Viane Alain Dhénaut TV Movie
1981 Du blues dans la tête Dan Hervé Palud
Seuls Jean Francis Reusser (2)
Les héritiers Serge Bruno Gantillon TV Series (1 Episode)
Mon meilleur Noël The father Gabriel Axel TV Series (1 Episode)
1982 La cerisaie Lopakhine Peter Brook TV Movie
Les secrets de la princesse de Cadignan Rastignac Jacques Deray TV Movie
Le retour d'Elisabeth Wolff Stan Pilgrim Josée Dayan TV Movie
La danse de mort Kurt Claude Chabrol TV Movie
1983 Les poneys sauvages Robert Mazoyer TV Mini-Series
1984 Mademoiselle Julie Jean Yves-André Hubert TV Movie
The Future Is Woman Gordon Marco Ferreri
1985 Sincerely Charlotte Mathieu Caroline Huppert
Diesel Nelson Robert Kramer
Les Loups entre eux (fr) Mike José Giovanni
1986 Le goûter chez Niels Didier Martiny Short
1987 La rumba Commissioner Detaix Roger Hanin
Série noire Angelo Daniel Duval (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Barbablù, Barbablù Gastone Fabio Carpi
Charlie Dingo William Gilles Béhat
1988 Ville étrangère Gregor Keuschnig Didier Goldschmidt
La ruelle au clair de lune Professor Hans Klemm Édouard Molinaro TV Movie
1989 Doux amer Jean Franck Apprederis
Rausch der Verwandlung Ferdinand Farner Édouard Molinaro (2) TV Mini-Series (2 Episodes)
Manon Roland Danton Édouard Molinaro (3) TV Movie
1991 La grande dune Keiser Bernard Stora TV Movie
Meeting Venus Zoltan Szanto István Szabó
1992 La femme abandonnée Oskar de Wilno Édouard Molinaro (4) TV Movie
1993 Albert Savarus Albert Savarus Alexandre Astruc TV Movie
1994 Délit mineur Claude Francis Girod
1995 Les derniers jours de la victime Mendizabal Bruno Gantillon (2) TV Movie
1998 Rewind Fabrice Rivail Sergio Gobbi
2000 Le pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz Jascha Steg Didier Martiny (2)
La part de l'ombre Charles Oberlé Philippe Venault TV Movie
Fernando Krapp m'a écrit cette lettre Fernando Krapp Yves Di Tullio
Bernard Murat
TV Movie
2002 Une affaire privée Rachel's father Guillaume Nicloux
Speak to Me of Love Richard Sophie Marceau
Les enquêtes d'Éloïse Rome Van Rooten Didier Le Pêcheur TV Series (1 Episode)
2005 The Beat That My Heart Skipped Robert Seyr Jacques Audiard César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Le Rainbow Warrior The Duke Pierre Boutron TV Movie
Les fragments d'Antonin Professor Lantier Gabriel Le Bomin
2007 Le candidat Georges Niels Arestrup Also writer and director
La part animale Henri Chaumier Sébastien Jaudeau
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Roussin Julian Schnabel
2009 A Prophet César Luciani Jacques Audiard (2) César Award for Best Supporting Actor (2)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
International Cinephile Society Awards - Best Supporting Actor
Suite noire Gérard Emmanuelle Bercot TV Series (1 Episode)
L'affaire Farewell Vallier Christian Carion
2010 The Big Picture Bartholomé Eric Lartigau Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Sarah's Key Jules Dufaure Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Je n'ai rien oublié Thomas Senn Bruno Chiche
2011 You Will Be My Son Paul de Marseul Gilles Legrand Nominated - Seattle International Film Festival - Best Actor
War Horse Grandfather Steven Spielberg
2012 Our Children André Pinget Joachim Lafosse
2013 The French Minister Claude Maupas Bertrand Tavernier César Award for Best Supporting Actor (3)
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
La dune Reuven Yossi Aviram
2014 Diplomacy Général von Choltitz Volker Schlöndorff Valladolid International Film Festival - Best Actor
Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
96 hours Victor Kancel Frédéric Schoendoerffer
2015 By the Sea Michel Angelina Jolie
Papa lumiere Jacques Ada Loueilh
2016 Republican Gangsters Laugier Ziad Doueiri TV Series

As director/writer[edit]

Niels Arestrup in 2010 to the 35th César Awards
Year Title Notes
1981 Du blues dans la tête Writer
2007 The Candidate Director and writer

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