JULIETTE BINOCHE (Dina Delsanto) is the Parisian-born
actress-dancer-writer who holds the unique distinction of being the only female
to win Best Actress honors in all three main European Film Festivals - the Palme
d'Or at Cannes for "Certified Copy," (2010), both the Volpi Cup and Pasinetti
Award at Venice for "Three Colors: Blue" (1993), and Berlin's Silver Bear for
"The English Patient" (1996). For the latter title, Binoche's remarkable
interpretation also brought her the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the European Film
Award and the National Board of Review honor as Best Supporting Actress for
Anthony Minghella's Oscar-winning Best Picture. Additionally, she collected
nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Screen Actors Guild
(Best Supporting Actress and Ensemble Award) and the HFPA's Golden Globe.
In a career in which she has displayed astonishing versatility and audacity
in her character choices in both mainstream Hollywood productions and offbeat,
auteur-driven vehicles, Binoche has collaborated with some of the world's most
respected filmmakers. That list includes a second project with Minghella
("Breaking and Entering"), Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat," for which she received
Oscar, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress), David
Cronenberg ("Cosmopolis"), Louis Malle ("Damage"), Andre Techine ("Alice and
Martin," "Rendez-vous"), John Boorman ("In My Country"), Michael Haneke ("Code
Unknown" and "Cache," the latter for which she collected European Film and
London Film Critics Circle nominations), Krzysztof Kieslowski (the "Three
Colors" trilogy - "Red," "White" and "Blue"), Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours),
Abel Ferrara ("Mary"), Mike Figgis (HBO's short film, "Mara"), Jean-Luc Godard
("Hail Mary," her first major film role in a modernized, controversial
interpretation of the Virgin Mary) and Philip Kaufman ("The Unbearable Lightness
of Being"). It was the latter film, co-starring alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and
Lena Olin in her English-language debut, that brought both attention and acclaim
in the U.S. at the young age of just 23.
Over the years, she has become a mainstay at the annual Cesar Awards (the
French equivalent to the Oscars), winning Best Actress honors for "Three Colors:
Blue" (Trois couleurs: Bleu) in 1993, and earning seven more nominations over
the years - for Techine's Rendez-vous (1985), Leos Carax's Mauvais sang ("Bad
Blood," 1986) and his Les Amants du Pont-Neuf ("The Lovers on the Bridge,"
1991), Malle's "Damage" (1992), Le hussard sur le toit ("The Horseman on the
Roof," 1995), Patrice Leconte's La veuve de Saint-Pierre ("The Widow of
Saint-Pierre," 2000) and DÃ©calage horaire ("Jet Lag," 2002).
Binoche has also starred in the films "Bee Season" with Richard Gere,
"Wuthering Heights" alongside Ralph Fiennes, "The Son of No One" opposite Al
Pacino and Channing Tatum, "Dan in Real Life" with Steve Carell and "A Couch in
New York" opposite William Hurt. Upcoming releases include Erik Poppe's
Norwegian production "A Thousand Times Good Night," "Sils Maria" opposite Mia
Wasikowska Kristen Steward and Chloe Moritz, and the French-language biopic,
"Camille Claudel, 1915." Other recent French-language projects include A coeur
ouvert ("An Open Heart") with Edgar Ramirez, La vie d'une autre ("Another
Woman's Life") and "Elles."
Binoche was born into a theatrical family in Paris. Her mother was an actress
and drama teacher, her father a theatre director and sculptor. She embarked on
her own stage career after briefly studying at Paris' Conservatoire National
Superieur d'Art Dramatique. In addition to her film work, she has frequently
returned to the theatre, with credits that include the 1988 production of
Chekov's "The Seagull," directed by Andrei Konchalovsky at the Theatre de
l'Odeon in Paris; "Naked" at the Almeida Theatre in London; the 2012 modernized
version of August Strindberg's classic play "Miss Julie" at the Odeon Theater
and London's Barbican; dancer Akram Khan's 2008 dance-drama piece called "In-I,"
which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London before embarking on a
world-wide tour in 11 different venues; and her Broadway debut in Harold
Pinter's "Betrayal" opposite Liev Schreiber and John Slattery, for which she
earned a 2001 Tony nomination as Best Actress.