60 years for Juliette Binoche, triumphs and sensational failures

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60 years for Juliette Binoche, triumphs and sensational failures

(by Nicoletta Tamberlich) Best wishes to Juliette Binoche: even if she doesn’t look it, she reaches the milestone of 60 years. She can now be seen on TV in The New Look, the Apple TV series in which she plays the role of Coco Chanel in a heated rivalry with the ‘adversary’ designer Christian Dior, waiting to admire her at the cinema in the chef version in La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (presented at the Rome Film Festival 2023, will be released in theaters by 2024) and in Queen at see by Lance Hammer and The return by Uberto Pasolini in which she will play Penelope alongside Ralph Fiennes in the role of Ulysses.
She is the only actress to have won the award for acting in the three major European festivals: Coppa Volpi in Venice with “Film Blu” by Kieslowski (1993), Silver Bear in Berlin with “The English Patient” by Minghella ( 1997), Palme d’Or at Cannes with “Certified Copy” by Kiarostami (2010), while at the Oscar she triumphed as supporting actress again for “The English Patient”. But Juliette Binoche for many is also the romantic heroine of “Chocolat” with which she seduced Johnny Depp and the great American audience by serving the creamy French-flavoured dessert in Lasse Hallstrom’s melodrama of the same name in 2000. Here are some curiosities to know about one of the icons of French cinema, remembered by the weekly Elle. Over the course of her career, Binoche turned down roles offered by Steven Spielberg three times. In fact, she said “no” to the famous director who offered her the chance to star in three of his most important films. “The first time was for the third part of ‘Indiana Jones,’ recalled Juliette Binoche on Europe 1, in 2017. “I was in the middle of filming ‘Amants du Pont-Neuf’ by Leos Carax. “Steven admired the director/actress duo we played in the movies with the Leos, so he didn’t blame me.” Also no to “Jurassic Park”, because she was already busy with another project: “Three Colors”, by Krzysztof Kieslowski. “I had already said yes […] and when I give my word I don’t question it”, he specified. She then gave way to Laura Dern in the role of Ellie Sattler to play that of Julie Vignon-de Courcy. A choice that earned her the actress award at the Venice Film Festival in 1993. Finally, she rejected Spielberg’s offer for “Schindler’s List”. Pregnant at the time, the actress passed the shift again. “It was a small role where I had to be raped, beaten and die at the end. I preferred to protect my son.” Between the end of the 80s and the early 90s the definitive explosion, whose shock wave spread throughout the world.
He has created a series of works that nail his name to the golden walls of cinema history. For Leos Carax she was the desperate heroine of two memorable films: “Red Blood” and “The Lovers of the Pont-Neuf”. At just 24 years old he starred alongside that sacred monster Daniel Day Lewis in The Unbearable Lightness of Being based on the masterpiece novel by Milan Kundera and directed by Philip Kauffman. Between 1992 and 1996 she was the main star of Louis Malle’s Damage alongside Jeremy Irons and one of the most beautiful cinematographic works of all time: Kieślowski’s Three Colors.

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