Juliette Binoche biography

Juliette Binoche

Date of Birth: March 9, 1964

Born in Paris, France, this daughter of an actress and a sculptor was only 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).

Juliette Binoche studied acting at the National School of Dramatic Art of Paris. Following graduation, she followed in her mother's footsteps and became a stage actress, occasionally taking small parts in French feature films.

She began an affair with young filmmaker, Leos Carax and appeared in his film Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) (1991), a film that took four years to make due to poor funding. After filming Damage (1992) with Jeremy Irons, she and Carax separated. She went on to act in a handful of films including Wuthering Heights (1992) and Three Colors: Blue (1993), for which she won a variety of Best Actress awards and nominations.

After a sabbatical from filmmaking to have her son, Raphael, in 1993 with Andrew Halle, a professional scuba diver, Juliette was selected to portray the heroine of France's most expensive ($35 million) movie ever: Le Hussard sur le toit (The Horseman on the Roof) (1995). In 1996, she earned further international recognition with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar (as well as a host of other awards) for her role as Hana in The English Patient.

She returned to her native soil to film her next few projects, including Un Divan a New York (1996), Alice Et Martin (1998) and Chocolat (2000), for which she received her third Golden Globe nomination (the first two were for Trois couleurs: Bleu and The English Patient).

In 2000, she gave birth to her second child, daughter Hannah, whose father is actor Benoît Magimel. In 2003 Juliette received her eighth César nomination (French equivalent of an Oscar) as Best Actress for her work in the film Déclage horaire (2002).

Juliette has also continued to work in English films—including David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (2012), which also stars Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon and Jay Baruchel. She also starred in Clouds of Sils Maria (2015), The 33 (2015) and the sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell (2017) with Scarlett Johansson.

Most recently, she played the role of Isabelle, a painter looking for love, in the French romantic comedy Let the Sunshine In (2018).

Juliette Binoche Filmography

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