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MARIELLE HELLER (Director) is an award-winning director, writer, and actress who has built a career both in front of and behind the camera, carefully crafting a unique voice that has earned her critical acclaim on a number of projects.

A California native, Heller most recently directed three-time Academy Award nominated film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. After premiering at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews, and showing again at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film released on October 19th, 2018. An intimate portrayal of best-selling biographer turned literary forger Lee Israel, the film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 98% and was named a best movie of 2018 by The New York Times, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, TIME, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among others. Throughout the 2019 awards season, the film was also nominated for three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the same season, the film won two Film Independent Spirit Awards, an award from the National Board of Review, two New York Film Critics Circle awards, and one Palm Springs International Film Festival award.

Heller's feature directorial debut was the critically acclaimed adaption of Phoebe Gloeckner's 2002 novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and landed Heller a spot on Variety's 10 Directors to Watch. It also won The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival. Heller was able to adapt and direct the film after she was awarded the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellowships, the Maryland Film Festival Fellowship, and the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship in 2012. Diary of a Teenage Girl was released theatrically by Sony Picture Classics in the summer of 2015.

In television, Heller has directed episodes of acclaimed shows such as "Transparent" (Amazon) and "Casual" (Hulu).

Her acting career has been rooted in theater. She worked at Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, ACT, The Magic Theater, The Barbican, and Birmingham Rep before moving to New York and working at theaters such as New Georges, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb and 3LD. She has also acted in film and TV projects over the years.


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