Dominique Blanc

GUEST OF HONOUR - ACTRESS

« The first films have always been a very important part of my life, we have to encourage the youthful creation. It was in the cinema that I found a place for myself within the contemporary scene. In fact, I met more authors in the cinema than I did in modern theater. »

Dominique Blanc, an actress described as "Magnificent", loves authors and texts. Since her encounter in 1981 with Patrice Chéreau, who offered her a role in Ibsen's Peer Gynt, she has had a twofold career in both film and theater. This duality has made her one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

She has worked in theater under the direction of Luc Bondy, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Antoine Vitez, Deborah Warner, and Christine Letailleur, among others. Her bold choices led her in 2016 to be hired at the Comédie-Française where she became a member in 2021.

Her career has been equally prolific in film. She plays alongside renowned directors such as Claude Chabrol, Régis Wargnier, Claude Sautet, Louis Malle, Patrice Chéreau, Michel Piccoli, James Ivory, Lucas Belvaux and even Rock Stephanik.

Nine nominations for the Cesar marked the milestone of her career, including three wins for best supporting actress ; in 1991, 1993 and 1999 respectively for Milou en mai by Louis Malle, Indochine by Régis Wargnier and Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train by Patrice Chéreau. She also won a Cesar for best actress in 2001 for her role in Stand-by by Roch Stéphanik.

For her Carte Blanche, Dominique Blanc has chosen to share three works by three directors who have marked her life as an actress.

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Biography

In the theater, Dominique Blanc has acted under the direction of Luc Bondy, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Antoine Vitez, but also Déborah Warner, with Une maison de poupée, a play for which she won the Molière for best actress in 1999.

At the same time, Dominique Blanc has played numerous roles in films, under the direction of the greatest directors, Claude Chabrol, Claude Sautet, Louis Malle, Régis Wargnier, James Ivory, Lucas Belvaux, Michel Piccoli, and more recently, Safy Nebbou, Katell Quillévéré, Danielle Arbid, Emmanuel Bourdieu, Sébastien Marnier... Her performance in Roch Stephanik's Stand By won her the César award for Best Actress in 2001. She also won the award for best actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 for L'Autre by Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic.

On television, Dominique Blanc has worked with Nina Companeez (L'Allée du roi), Claire Devers (La voleuse de Saint-Lubin) or Laurent Heynemann (Un homme d'honneur), or Joel Farges (Alexandra David-Neel).

Patrice Chéreau directed her in the theater in Phèdre in 2003. They met again 4 years later for readings of La Douleur, co-directed with Thierry Niang. This will become a real show in 2008. La Douleur has been performed all over the world.

She has been a resident of the Comédie Française since 2016 and will become its 538th member on January 1, 2021.

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