Isabelle Adjani at the MWFF to Present Louis-Julien Petit’s film Carole Matthieu

Friday August 19, 2022

Isabelle Adjani, icon of the French cinema, will attend the 40th Montreal World Film Festival  to accomthe showing Carole Matthieu the new film by Louis-Julien Petit (Discount) in the World Greats section.  ”One of the best known stars of international cinema, Ms. Adjani is an actress of immense versatility and talent and we will have the great honour of having her presence once again grace the Festival,” declared MWFF president Serge Losique.


Isabelle Adjani began at the Comédie Franaise in 1972 and thanks to television she quickly accessed to stardom. That year she played with Robert Hossein`s company in Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba with Annie Ducaux. A co-production with the Comédie Française, the show was a hit and was restaged as well at the Théâtre de l'Odéon. Within a few years Adjani  was one of the company’s stars, playing in productions of Molière and Giraudoux.


She made her auspicious debut on the big screen playing the rebellious young girl in Claude Pinoteau’s La Gifle (1974) and immediately became the hottest young actress in French cinema. She quickly starred for François Truffaut in The Story of Adèle H. (1975), a performance that earned her the first of two nomination for the best actress Oscar.  Adjani is a five-time winner of the César Award for Best Actress. She won for Possession (1981), One Deadly Summer (1983) Camille Claudel (1988), La Reine Margot (1994) and Skirt Day (2009), making her the only actress or actor  to have five wins in the acting categories. Her second Oscar  nomination for Camille Claudel, made her the first French actress to receive two nominations and also the only actress in history to receive two nominations for non-English-language roles. She also won Best Actress at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for Possession and Quartet, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival for Camille Claudel. Among her best known other films are  Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976), Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Subway (1985), Diabolique (1996) and French Women (2014).


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