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Chiara Charlotte Mastroianni (born 28 May 1972) is a French actress and singer. She is the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve.

Chiara Mastroianni
Chiara Mastroianni Cannes 2013.jpg
Mastroianni at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born
Chiara Charlotte Mastroianni

(1972-05-28) 28 May 1972 (age 47)
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
Benjamin Biolay
(m. 2002; div. 2005)
Partner(s)Pierre Thoretton (?—?)
Children2 (Son) Milo Thoretton Born 31 December 1996 (actor)
Parent(s)Marcello Mastroianni
Catherine Deneuve
RelativesChristian Vadim (half-brother)
Maurice Dorléac (grandfather)
Renée Simonot (grandmother)
Françoise Dorléac (aunt)
Ruggero Mastroianni (uncle)

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Early lifeEdit

Mastroianni was born to French actress Catherine Deneuve and Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. Her parents were both married to other people at the time of their affair and stayed together for four years, eventually separating in 1975 when Mastroianni was two years old. She later revealed that she could not recall them being together saying "I've never seen my parents together, never in my whole life. They split when I was two, so I've no recollection of them as a couple. I've never even seen them kiss – except in the movies."[1]

Mastroianni has two half-siblings, an older brother, Christian Vadim from her mother's relationship with director Roger Vadim and an older half sister, Barbara Mastroianni, from her father's marriage to actress Flora Carabella. Carabella was also rumoured to have offered to adopt Mastroianni and raise her with her older sister as both her parents worked often and travelled from home, an offer which was rejected by Deneuve.[2]

Through her mother, Mastroianni is connected to the famous Dorléac family of actors which include her maternal grandparents Maurice Dorléac and Renée Simonot and her aunts Françoise Dorléac and Sylvie Dorléac.

CareerEdit

Mastroianni earned a César Award nomination for her first feature film appearance in André Téchiné's My Favorite Season (1993), starring her mother in the lead role. The next year she appeared in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter. Her first starring role came in 1995, opposite Melvil Poupaud in Le Journal du séducteur, a romantic comedy inspired by "The Seducer's Diary" chapter from Søren Kierkegaard's Either/Or. She worked with Poupaud again in Three Lives and Only One Death (1996), playing the daughter to her real-life father, and in Time Regained (1999), also starring her mother.

Along with a few supporting performances in French films, she appeared in Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997) and took time off to have her first child with sculptor Pierre Thoretton. She returned to filmmaking to star in the leading role of Manoel de Oliveira's The Letter (1999), based on the novel La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de La Fayette.

After appearances in Mike Figgis' Hotel (2001) and shooting in Italy for Le parole di mio padre (2001), she played the lead in Delphine Gleize's interconnected drama Carnages (2002), a winner at several international film festivals. In 2003, she starred in the comedy drama Il est plus facile pour un chameau....

In July 2016 she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[3]

Mastroianni won the Un Certain Regard Best Performance award for On a Magical Night in 2019.[4]

CollaborationsEdit

Mastroianni is a friend and frequent collaborator of French filmmaker Christophe Honoré. She has appeared in roughly half of his films in either major roles or cameos, beginning with the 2007 film Love Songs.

Before her father's death she appeared twice in his films appearing in the 1994 film Prêt-à-Porter and the 1996 film Three Lives and Only One Death.

Mastroianni also works frequently with her mother, actress Catherine Deneuve; the real life mother and daughter often play on mother and daughter onscreen. Mastroianni first appeared in one of her mother's films in 1979 in an uncredited role in Us Two. Her second onscreen appearance also occurred in one of her mother's films, the 1993 film My Favorite Season. Other notable films in which Mastroianni has played opposite her mother include Persepolis, A Christmas Tale, Three Hearts and Claire Darling.

Mastroianni also collaborated with her then-husband musician Benjamin Biolay on an album called Home, released in 2004.[5] She also appeared on the track ¡Encore Encore! on Biolay's 2017 album Volver.

Personal lifeEdit

Mastroianni dated actor Melvil Poupaud for four years from the age of 16 to 20.[6] He encouraged her to pursue acting as a career and though the couple eventually split up they continued to remain friends for decades with Poupaud saying he still loved her in 2018.[7]

Mastroianni had a relation with French sculptor Pierre Thoretton. The two had a son, named Milo.

In 2002, Mastroianni married singer Benjamin Biolay. They had a daughter, Anna, in 2003.[8] The couple divorced in 2005.

FilmographyEdit

Title Year Role Notes
On a Magical Night 2019
Saint-Amour 2016
Three Hearts 2014 Sophie
La Rançon de la gloire 2014 Rosa
Bastards 2013 Raphaëlle
Lines of Wellington 2012 Hussar
Americano 2011 Claire
Beloved 2011 Véra Passer
Chicken with Plums[9] 2011 Lili (adult)
Man at Bath 2010 Actress
Making Plans For Lena 2009 Lena
Park Benches 2009 Marianne's mother
Un chat un chat 2009 Nathalie/Célimène
Le crime est notre affaire 2008 Emma Charpentier
La Belle Personne 2008 La jeune femme dans le café
A Christmas Tale 2008 Silvia
Les Chansons d'amour 2007 Jeanne
Persepolis 2007 Marjane Satrapi Voice
L'Heure zéro 2007 Audrey Neuville
Akoibon 2005 Barbara
Il est plus facile pour un chameau... 2003 Bianca
Carnages 2002 Carlotta
Le parole di mio padre 2001 Ada Malfenti
Hotel 2001 Infirmière de l'hotel
Six-Pack 2000 Marine
La Lettre 1999 Madame de Clèves
Libero Burro 1999 Rosa Agnello
Le temps retrouvé 1999 Albertine
À vendre 1998 Mireille
On a très peu d'amis 1998 Vivianne
Nowhere 1997 Kriss
Cameleone 1996 Léa
Three Lives and Only One Death 1996 Cécile
Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) 1996 Patricia
Don't Forget You're Going to Die 1995 Claudia
Le Journal du séducteur 1995 Claire Conti
All Men are Mortal 1995 Françoise
Prêt-à-Porter 1994 Sophie Choiset
Rêveuse jeunesse 1994 Brigitte
A la belle étoile 1993 Claire
Ma saison préférée 1993 Anne

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Solomons, Jason. "Chiara Mastroianni: I only saw my parents together on screen". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ Robin Adams Sloan (25 September 1976). Mary Hemingway Keeps In Touch. St. Petersburg Independent.
  3. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (24 July 2016). "Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Zhao Wei Set For Venice Jury". Variety. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ DEBRUGE, PETER. "Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes".
  5. ^ DENIZET-LEWIS, Benoit. "Le Pop Star". Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Benjamin Biolay et Melvil Poupaud, amoureux de Chiara Mastroianni". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Benjamin Biolay et Melvil Poupaud toujours "amoureux" de Chiara Mastroianni". Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  8. ^ Morrow, Fiona. "Chiara Mastroianni: Independent woman". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "'Chicken with Plums' full of the unexpected". The Boston Globe. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.

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