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SYLVIE TESTUD (born 17 January 1971) is a French actress, writer and film director, whose film career began in 1991. She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for Murderous Maids (2000), the César Award for Best Actress for Fear and Trembling (2003) and the European Film Award for Best Actress for Lourdes (2009). Her other film roles include Beyond Silence (1996), La Vie en Rose (2007) and French Women (2014).

CONTENTS

* 1 Life and career

* 2 Filmography

* 2.1 Actress * 2.2 Director

* 3 Decorations * 4 References * 5 External links

LIFE AND CAREER

Testud at the César Awards 2008 .

She grew up in the La Croix-Rousse quarter of Lyon
Lyon
, France. This was an area with many Portuguese, Spanish and Italian immigrants. Her mother immigrated from Italy in the 1960s. Her French father left the family when Sylvie was just two years old.

In 1985, when she was 14, she saw Charlotte Gainsbourg in her role of the complex young girl in L\'Effrontée , a film directed by Claude Miller , identified with Gainsbourg, and so took drama classes in Lyon with the actor and director Christian Taponard. In 1989, she moved to Paris and spent three years at the Conservatoire (CNSAD). In the early and mid 1990s, she landed her first small roles in films like L\'Histoire du garcon qui voulait qu\'on l\'embrasse , directed by Philippe Harel , and Love, etc. , directed by Marion Vernoux. In 1997 she had great success in Germany with Caroline Link 's Jenseits der Stille for which she learned German, sign language , and the clarinet. In 1998 she had her first major role in French cinema playing Béa in Thomas Vincent 's Karnaval . In 2000 she starred in Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman
's La Captive , an adaptation of La Prisonièrre, the fifth part of Marcel Proust
Marcel Proust
's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu . In 2001 she won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her portrayal of Christine Papin, one of the Papin sisters , in Les Blessures assassines (English title: Murderous Maids), The story concerned a young servant woman found guilty of the murder, with her sister's help, of her employer's wife and daughter; it had made sensational headlines in France in 1933.

In 2003, she published the autobiographical book Il n'y a pas beaucoup d'étoiles ce soir, with anecdotes of her day-to-day life as an actress. The French edition featured a cover designed by her sister Ghislaine.

One of her most noted performances was as the star of the film Stupeur et tremblements , adapted from the novel by Amélie Nothomb , for which she was awarded a César and a Lumières Award for Best Actress in 2004. She plays a woman struggling with the difference in culture between the Japanese business world and the western, Belgian world, from which she comes. In 2005 or 2006 she returned to her native Lyon
Lyon
(to the Théâtre de la Croix Rousse), where she played the rôle of Edith in Philippe Faure's adaptation of Stefan Zweig
Stefan Zweig
's La Pitié dangereuse. She starred in 2007's two-time Academy Award -winning film La Vie en Rose , as Momone, Edith Piaf's best friend. In the 2008 film Sagan , she portrayed the writer Françoise Sagan , earning unanimous praise for her hauntingly accurate portrayal and for which she was again nominated for the César for best actress.

She was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite
Ordre national du Mérite
in March 2009.

She has a son, Ruben, born on 15 February 2005, and a daughter Esther, born in January 2011.

In 2012, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue .

FILMOGRAPHY

ACTRESS

YEAR TITLE ROLE DIRECTOR NOTES

1991 La violoniste

Yves Forgeat Short

1993 Couples et amants The young girl John Lvoff

1994 Maries Lied: Ich war, ich weiß nicht wo Marie Niko von Glasow
Niko von Glasow

L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrassee Girl at party offering food Philippe Harel

Éternelles Nathalie Erick Zonca Short

1995 Those Were the Days Sylvie Didier Haudepin

Délit mineur Lili Olivier Panchot Short

Le nid tombé de l'oiseau Laurence Alain Schwartzstein TV Movie

Lettre ouverte à Lili Virginie Jean-Luc Trotignon TV Movie

Le serment d'Hippocrate

Jean-Louis Bertucelli TV Movie

1996 Beyond Silence Lara Caroline Link German Film Awards – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Love, etc.

Marion Vernoux

1997 Flammen im Paradies Esther Markus Imhoof

1998 The Misadventures of Margaret The young nun Brian Skeet

Sentimental Education Julia C.S. Leigh

1999 Karnaval Béa Thomas Vincent Acteurs à l'Écran – Best Actress (Prix Michel Simon) Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actress

Annaluise & Anton Laurence Caroline Link (2)

In Heaven Valeska Michael Bindlechner

Marée haute

Caroline Champetier Short Nominated – Acteurs à l'Écran – Best Actress (Prix Musidora)

Les pierres qui tombent du ciel

Isabelle Ponnet Short

2000 Murderous Maids Christine Papin Jean-Pierre Denis César Award for Most Promising Actress Mons International Festival of Love Films – Best Actress

La Captive Ariane Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actress

Sade Renée de Sade Benoît Jacquot
Benoît Jacquot

La Chambre obscure Azalaïs Marie-Christine Questerbert

Faux contact Laurence Eric Jameux Short

Drug Scenes Lucie Guillaume Nicloux
Guillaume Nicloux
TV Series (1 Episode)

2001 I\'m Going Home Ariel Manoel de Oliveira

The Château Isabelle Jesse Peretz

Julies Geist Julia Bettina Wilhelm

Tangos volés Alice / Paula Eduardo de Gregorio

Ce qui compte pour Mathilde Mathilde Stéphanie Murat Short

2002 A Loving Father Virginia Jacob Berger

Everyman\'s Feast Sophie Fritz Lehner

Les femmes... ou les enfants d'abord... Virginie Manuel Poirier

Vivre me tue Myriam Jean-Pierre Sinapi

Un moment de bonheur The teacher Antoine Santana

2003 Fear and Trembling Amélie Alain Corneau César Award for Best Actress Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Best Actress Lumières Award for Best Actress Étoiles d'Or – Best Actress

Sole Sisters Tina Pierre Jolivet

Dédales Claude René Manzor

Der gläserne Blick Das Mädchen Markus Heltschl

2004 Tomorrow We Move Charlotte Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman
(2)

Tout pour l'oseille Prune Bertrand Van Effenterre

Cause toujours! Léa Jeanne Labrune

Victoire Victoire Stéphanie Murat (2)

2005 It\'s Our Life! Louise Delhomme Gérard Krawczyk

Words in Blue Clara Alain Corneau (2)

2006 L'héritage Patricia Géla Babluani ">

* ^ Paris Match 2834, September 2003 * ^ "Décret du 14 novembre 2008 portant promotion et nomination". JORF (in French). 2008 (266): 17476. 15 November 2008. PREX0823631D. Retrieved 14 March 2009. * ^ Paris Match, 26 January 2011 * ^ http://www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/Ministere/Services-rattaches-a-la-ministre/Section-des-distinctions-honorifiques/Arretes-de-Nominations-dans-l-ordre-des-Arts-et-des-Lettres/Nomination-dans-l-ordre-des-Arts-et-des-Lettres-janvier-2016

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