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Anne-Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc

(1959-07-15) 15 July 1959 (age 64)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actress
Years active 1980–present
Philippe Carcassonne
(m. 1994)
Children 1

Anne Fontaine (born Anne-Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc; 15 July 1959) is a Luxembourger film director, screenwriter, and former actress. She lives and works in France.

Life and career

Born Anne-Fontaine Sibertin-Blanc in Luxembourg, sister of actor Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc, she went as a young child to live in Lisbon, where her father, Antoine Sibertin-Blanc, is a music professor and cathedral organist. In adolescence she moved to Paris and trained in dance with Joseph Russillo while continuing her academic education, including philosophy. Her husband is Philippe Carcassonne, the film producer, and they have an adopted son, Tienne, who was born in Cambodia.

While still dancing, she was picked by Robert Hossein to play Esmeralda in a 1980 theatrical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and around this time started to use the name Anne Fontaine. She continued with acting and became known for her roles in comedies like Si ma gueule vous plaît... (1981) and P.R.O.F.S.(1985). An opportunity to be assistant director came with a 1986 stage version of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Journey to the End of the Night at the Renaud-Barrault theatre.

Fontaine's first project as solo director, Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général (Love Affairs Usually End Badly), won the 1993 Prix Jean Vigo. In 1995, she worked with her brother on the comedy Augustin. Two years later, she wrote and directed the successful Dry Cleaning (Nettoyage à Sec). It won the Best Screenplay award at the 1997 Venice Film Festival and is generally considered a milestone on Fontaine's way to becoming "an important figure in contemporary French cinema".

In 1999 the character Augustin (Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc) re-appeared in Fontaine's film Augustin, King of Kung-Fu. How I Killed My Father was released in 2001, and Nathalie... followed in 2003. The 2005 film, Entre ses mains was widely described as a thriller: an "intimate thriller" according to Fontaine herself. A third Augustin film, Nouvelle chance (also known as Oh La La) was released in 2006. Then came The Girl From Monaco in 2008 and Coco Before Chanel, her biopic of Coco Chanel, in 2009.

Fontaine's work is not easily categorised, though the phrase "psychological drama" is often used. She told a UK newspaper, "I try to work on my characters' blind side, in a kind of Freudian way: to ask, 'What are the things about themselves that they're unaware of?' I'm fascinated by the irony of fate, when something goes into a skid. All my stories have an element of cruelty in them."

While knowing that the movement of "women's cinema" worked as a counter to the classical Hollywood system, Fontaine didn't like to identify with this. .....



Year Title Director Writer Notes Ref.
1993 Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général Yes Yes
1995 Augustin Yes Yes
1997 L'@mour est à réinventer Yes Yes Segment: Tapin du soir
Dry Cleaning Yes Yes
1999 Augustin, King of Kung-Fu Yes Yes
2001 How I Killed My Father Yes Yes
2003 Nathalie... Yes Yes
2005 Entre ses mains Yes Yes
2006 Oh La La! Yes Yes
2008 The Girl from Monaco Yes Yes
2009 Coco Before Chanel Yes Yes
2011 My Worst Nightmare Yes Yes
2013 Two Mothers Yes Yes
2014 Gemma Bovery Yes Yes
2016 The Innocents Yes Yes
2017 Reinventing Marvin Yes Yes
2019 White as Snow Yes Yes
2020 Night Shift Yes Yes
2021 Presidents Yes Yes
2024 Boléro Yes Yes

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Les Mystères de Paris Sarah TV mini-series
Tendres Cousines Justine
1981 Si ma gueule vous plaît... Isabelle
1982 Caméra une première Alba TV series
1984 Le Mystérieux Docteur Cornélius Andrée de Maubreuil TV mini-series
1985 Entre chats et loups Carole Lambert TV movie
P.R.O.F.S. Marite
1986 Grand hôtel Marite TV series
1987 Children and the White Whale Claudine TV movie
1988 Carte de presse Pauline TV mini-series
1986–1990 Série rose Mathilde / Mme Orlova TV series
1999 Pas de scandale Nathalie

Awards and nominations

BAFTA Awards

Year Category Title Result
2009 Best Film Not in the English Language Coco Before Chanel Nominated

César Awards

Year Category Title Result
1997 Best Writing Dry Cleaning Nominated
2005 Best Adaptation Entre ses mains Nominated
2009 Coco Before Chanel Nominated
2016 Best Film The Innocents Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated

Venice Film Festival

Year Category Title Result
1997 Golden Osella Dry Cleaning Won
Golden Lion Nominated

Lumières Award

Year Category Title Result
2009 Best Film Coco Before Chanel Nominated
Best Director Nominated

Other awards

Year Award Category Title Result
1993 Prix Jean Vigo Les Histoires d'amour
finissent mal... en général
1995 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Augustin Nominated
2001 Locarno International Film Festival Golden Leopard How I Killed My Father Nominated
2005 San Sebastián Film Festival Golden Shell Entre ses mains Nominated
2009 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Foreign Language Film Coco Before Chanel Nominated
European Film Academy Lux Award Nominated
2016 City of Lights, City of Angels Audience Award The Innocents Won
Norwegian International Film Festival Andreas Award Won
Provincetown International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Won

See also

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