JULIETTE BINOCHE stars as Vianne Rocher, who blows into a little French village on the mischievous north wind and opens a chocolate shop that sparks an escalating war between passion and moral indignation.
Binoche won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in
Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient," co-starring with Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas. Prior to that. Binoche came to international attention starring with Lena Olin and Daniel Day Lewis in Philip Kaufman's acclaimed "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." A long-time collaborator of director Krysztof Kieslowski, she starred in each segment of his "Three Colors" trilogy winning, among other awards, the Cesar. the Felix Award and the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in "Blue" as a composer facing the loss of her husband and child.
After studying at the French Conservatory, Juliette Binoche was given her first major film
role by Jean Luc Godard in "Hail Mary." She went to star in Andre Techine's "Rendez-vous" and
Leo Carax's recently rediscovered "The Lovers on the Bridge." Other roles include Carax's "Bad
Blood," Louis Malle's "Damage" with Jeremy Irons, Jean-Paul Rappeneau's "The Horseman on the
Roof' and Peter Kosminsky's "Wuthering Heights" with Ralph Fiennes.
Binoche most recently was seen in Diane Kury's "Les Enfants du Siecle" and Andre Techine's "Alice and Martin." Her other recent projects include Patrice Leconte's "The Widow of Saint Pierre" with Daniel Auteiul and Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown." Last year. Binoche made her London stage debut in the Almeida production of Pirandello's "Naked."
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