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Biography #2 (for In My Country)

Juliette Binoche, the daughter of an actress and a sculptor, trained as an actress from an early age. Her first starring role was in Jean-Luc Godard's Je Vous Salue, Marie in 1985, followed by Andre Techine's Rendez­vous.

She was next seen in two films by Leos Carax: Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood) and Les Amants du Pont Neuf, in which she played a one-eyed painter living in the gutter and for which she designed the poster artwork. This performance won her the award for Best Actress from the European Film Academy. In 1988, Juliette returned to the stage in Andrei Konchalovsky's Tchekov's La Mouette.

She first attracted the attention of international film critics at age 22, with her groundbreaking role in The Unbearable Lightness of Being opposite Daniel Day Lewis. This memorable English-language debut as a sexually free-spirited woman opened the doors to a very successful international career.

In 1991, Juliette starred as Cathy in Wuthering Heights opposite Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff, and in 1992 she gave a darkly ambiguous performance as a woman involved in a passionate affair with her father-in-law in Louis Malle's Damage. A year later Juliette starred in Krzysztof Kieslowski's critically acclaimed Three Colours: Blue and garnered both the Venice Film Festival Best Actress Award and the Cesar for Best Actress.

After a sabbatical from filmmaking to become a mother, Juliette was cast as the heroine in France's most expensive movie ever, the $35 million The Horseman on the Roof. Her captivating performance as Pauline earned her critical acclaim. Turning her hand to romantic comedy, Juliette starred opposite William Hurt in A Couch in NewYork.

1997 saw Juliette at the very top of her profession, when she struck box office gold internationally with her role as a nurse in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient starring alongside Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas. Her performance earned her the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress with her co-star Kristin Scott Thomas, the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Best Actress and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her next triumph was the lead role in Naked which she performed for several months at London's Almeida Theatre.

Returning to French film, Juliette starred in Alice et Martin, Les Enfants du Siecle, and La Veuve de Saint-Pierre, as well as Michael Haneke's Code Inconnu. In 2001, she starred in Lasse Hallstroms box office hit, Chocolat, based on the book by Joanne Harris. She received the People's Choice Award for Best Actress from the European Film Academy, and was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.

She returned to the stage in 2001 starring in Betrayal at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway.

Most recently, she took French audiences by surprise with her endearing role in the romantic comedy Jet Lag, released on June 13, 2003 in the USA.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "In My Country" (11-Apr-2005)


Biography #3 (for Chocolat)

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.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Chocolat" (18-Aug-2002)


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