Actor, scriptwriter and director, GUILLAUME CANET has made
his mark as one of the most complete and popular artists of his generation.
Guillaume Canet was born on 10 April 1973 in Boulogne-Billancourt, just
outside Paris. His parents were horse-breeders in the region of Rambouillet
forest. In 1983, aged 10, he joined a travelling circus and did his conventional
schooling in the afternoon while working out his comic potential in matinee
performances. A few years later, he'd appear on stage at the Cafe du Tresor in
And yet, from a very early age his first love had been horses and he seemed
destined for a career as a horseman. He took part continually in horse-riding
competitions, including the French national championship. After a serious fall
at the age of 18, however, he was forced to give up this dream. He turned
full-time to acting and took classes at the Cours Florent in Paris.
In 1993, he was spotted by Christophe Malavoy and given a role in his TV
adaptation of La Ville dont le prince est un enfant (The Fire that Burns), based
on the play by Montherlant. But it was an encounter with Jean Rochefort which
gave Guillaume his first big screen experience, after appearing in several
made-for-television films. His role in Barracuda, directed by Philippe Haim, and
playing opposite Rochefort, won him the Best Actor Prize at the St-Jean-de-Luz
He cropped up next in 1998's En Plein Coeur (In All Innocence), a film
directed by Pierre Jolivet, for which he was nominated for a Most Promising
Actor Cesar in 1999. Then he played opposite Jean Yanne in Remy Waterhouse's
comedy, Je regle mon pas sur le pas de mon pere (I Follow in My Father's
Footsteps). In 1999 he appeared in Danny Boyle's The Beach, with Leonardo
DiCaprio, and then in La Fidelite (Fidelity), directed by Andrzej Zulawski and
starring Sophie Marceau.
After that he strung together film after film: Jerry Schatzberg's The Day the
Ponies Come Back, Les Morsures de l'aube (Love Bites), directed by Antoine de
Caunes, Pitof's Vidocq, Le Frere du guerrier (The Warrior's Brother), directed
by Pierre Jolivet, and RÃ©my Waterhouse's Mille milliemes (The Landlords).
In 2002, he moved behind the camera to direct his first feature-length film,
Mon idole (Anything You Say) - his first film and also a first hit: it was
nominated for a Best First Work Cesar. He was then back in front of the camera
in Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare), directed by Yann Samuell, Narco, by
Gilles Lellouche and Tristan Aurouet, Christian Carion's Joyeux Noel (Merry
Christmas), L'enfer (Hell), directed by Danis Tanovic, and Un Ticket pour
l'espace (A Ticket to Space), by Eric Lartigau.
In 2006, Guillaume Canet confirmed his talent as a director with Ne le dis a
personne, a film, for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on Harlan
Coben's novel Tell No One. He also appeared in the film along with Francois
Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze, Andre Dussollier, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Nathalie Baye
and Jean Rochefort... He was nominated for a Cesar for Best Screenplay, won the
one for Best Director, and the movie itself got a nomination for Best Film.
Guillaume Canet was the youngest filmmaker ever to win the Best Director Cesar.
He was then in Claude Berri's Ensemble, c'est tout (Hunting and Gathering),
with Audrey Tautou, winning the Best Actor Award at the Cabourg Romantic Film
Festival. In Darling, directed by Christine Carriere, he played a much more
unpleasant character, and then starred in Guillaume Nicloux's thriller, La Clef
He teamed up again with Francois Cluzet, whom he had directed in Tell No One,
this time as a fellow actor, in Les Liens du sang (Rivals), directed by Jacques
Maillot. He was in Guillaume Cotillard's La Cle du probleme, and Voyage
d'affaires (The Business Trip), directed by Sean Ellis. In 2009, he played a
character forced to act as a secret agent in Nicolas Saada's Espion(s), and he
found himself being directed by Christian Carion once again, in L'Affaire
Farewell (Farewell). He also played opposite Marion Cotillard in Karim Dridi's
Le dernier vol (The Last Flight). Guillaume Canet wrote and directed his third
film, Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies), with Francois Cluzet, Marion
Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche and Jean Dujardin. The movie reach
the top of the box-office with more than 5 millions admissions.
His was the voice of the hero in the French version of John Lasseter's
animation movie, Cars, and he did the French narration of James Honeyborne's
documentary The Meerkats.
In 2010, he played in Cedric Kahn's Une vie meilleure, awarded in 2011 with
best male performance at the International Film Festival of Rome. He also
starred in Christophe Barratier's La nouvelle guerre des boutons and in the
first movie of Gilles Lellouche and Jean Dujardin, Les infideles. Guillaume
Canet get back to his passion for horses playing the famous rider Pierre Durand
in Christian Duguay's Jappeloup, and in 2012, he also appears in Christophe
Offenstein's En solitaire.
This year, he will be starring in L'homme que l'on aimait trop, Andre
Techine's next feature film, with Catherine Deneuve and Adele Haenel, and he in
Cedric Anger's La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur.
His fourth movie, BLOOD TIES, co-written with James Gray, entirely shot in
the US, starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe
Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Caan was screened as the Official
Selection of the 2013 Festival de Cannes and was released in Europe in the Fall
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