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Brigitte Sy (born 26 January 1956) is a French actress and filmmaker. Her directorial film debut, Les Mains libres, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim in France.[1][2][3]

Brigitte Sy
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Brigitte Sy in 2015
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956 (age 63)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, actress, screenwriter
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Philippe Garrel (formerly)
ChildrenLouis Garrel
Esther Garrel

Life and careerEdit

She is the mother of the actors Louis Garrel and Esther Garrel whom she had with the director Philippe Garrel.[4] In an Arte short film collection about AIDS awareness, she revealed that she has been HIV-positive since 1990, contracted from a partner who previously had a drug addiction.[5] She also addresses the issue in Les mains libres and L'endroit idéal where the protagonist, Barbara (played by Ronit Elkabetz), is HIV-positive.[6] She opposes the feminist #MeToo movement (#BalanceTonPorc in France) and signed an anti-metoo letter in Le Monde, on January 9, 2018, arguing that men have the freedom to harass (importuner) women.[7]

FilmographyEdit

As actressEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1979 Memoirs of a French Whore Daniel Duval
1983 Télévision de chambre Young girl Arthur Joffé TV Series (1 Episode)
1984 Liberté, la nuit Micheline Philippe Garrel
1989 Les baisers de secours Jeanne Philippe Garrel
1991 J'entends plus la guitare Aline Philippe Garrel
Meeting Venus French Customs Officer István Szabó
Cas de divorce Agnès Delsol Gérard Espinasse TV Series (1 Episode)
1993 Le signal The woman Mendy Younès Short
1997 Genealogies of a Crime Jeanne Raúl Ruiz
Ma 6-T va crack-er The director Jean-François Richet
1998 Cantique de la racaille Véronique Vincent Ravalec
2000 Combats de femme Marlène Yves Thomas TV Series (1 Episode)
2005 Regular Lovers François's mother Philippe Garrel
Des putes dans les arbres Emmanuelle Huchet Short
2006 Déluge Her mother Antoine Barraud Short
2008 Fear(s) of the Dark Eric's mother Charles Burns
L'été indien Alice Alain Raoust
Versailles Madame Herchel Pierre Schoeller
Choisir d'aimer Isabelle Rachid Hami Short
Rien dans les poches Agathe Manikowski Marion Vernoux TV Movie
Ben et Thomas Madame Bouillon Jon Carnoy TV Series (2 Episodes)
2009 Nice Fanny Maud Alpi Short
2010 Les Mains libres The blond Brigitte Sy
2011 Declaration of War Claudia Benaïm Valérie Donzelli
Une vie meilleure The indebtedness volunteer Cédric Kahn
Dernière séance The taxi driver Laurent Achard
Vourdalak France Frédérique Moreau Short
Un mauvais père Madame Legendre Tigrane Avedikian Short
2012 Chacun sa nuit Claudine Marina Diaby Short
2013 Nuts Madame Herschel Yann Coridian
A Place on Earth Loraine Morin Fabienne Godet
Vandal Christine Hélier Cisterne
De l'usage du sex-toy en temps de crise The doctor Éric Pittard
Surveillance Michele Sébastien Grall TV Movie
2014 Wild Life Geneviève Cédric Kahn
2015 L'Astragale Rita Brigitte Sy
La promenade du diable Béatrice de Staël & Brigitte Sy Short
Lui au printemps, elle en hiver Hélène Catherine Klein TV Movie
2017 All That Divides Us Ben's mother Thierry Klifa
2017-present Black Spot Sabine Hennequin Julien Despaux & Thierry Poiraud TV Series (16 Episodes)
2018 The Great Pretender Thérèse's mom Nathan Silver
2019 Invisibles Béatrice Louis-Julien Petit
Online Billie Brigitte Lou Assous Post-Production

As filmmakerEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2008 L'Endroit idéal Yes Yes Featurette
2009 Fruits de mer Yes Yes TV short documentary
2010 Les Mains libres Yes Yes
2015 L'Astragale Yes Yes
2015 La Promenade du diable Yes Yes Featurette
2016 Les Ogres Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Year Title of work Award Category Result
2009 L'Endroit idéal Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
International Istanbul Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
Festival do Rio Best Short Film Nominated
Créteil International Women's Film Festival Best Short Film Won
Lutin Short Film Award Best Fictional Film Nominated
2016 L'Astragale Filmfest München Best International Film Nominated
Odesa International Film Festival International Competition Nominated
Film by the Sea International Film Festival Film and Literature Award Nominated
2017 Les Ogres Lumières Award Best Screenplay Nominated

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