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).
Sylvie Testud in 2011
17 January 1971|
Lyon, Rhône, France
|Occupation||Actress, director, writer|
Life and careerEdit
She grew up in the La Croix-Rousse quarter of 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's La Captive, an adaptation of La Prisonièrre, the fifth part of 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[clarification needed] she returned to her native Lyon (to the Théâtre de la Croix Rousse), where she played the rôle of Edith in Philippe Faure's adaptation of 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 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.
|1995||Lettre ouverte à Lili||Virginie||Jean-Luc Trotignon|
|Le Nid tombé de l'oiseau||Laurence||Alain Schwartzstein|
|2009||L'une chante, l'autre aussi||Herself||Olivier Nicklaus|
|2010||Louise Michel||Louise Michel||Sólveig Anspach|
|2011||Le Grand Restaurant||A Client||Gérard Pullicino|
|2012||Rendez-vous en terre inconnue||Herself|
|2013||Les Déferlantes||Louise||Éleonore Faucher|
|2014||Ceux qui dansent sur la tête||Catherine||Magaly Richard-Serrano|
|Fais pas ci, fais pas ça||Sylviane Chinsky, the marriage therapist||Pascal Chaumeil|
|2015||Maximilien et Marie de Bourgogne||Charlotte de Savoie||Andreas Prochaska|
|1998||Je veux descendre||Short|
|2012||Another Woman's Life|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1997||Beyond Silence||Best Actress||Won|
|2000||Karnaval||Most Promising Actress||Nominated|
|2001||Murderous Maids||Most Promising Actress||Won|
|2004||Fear and Trembling||Best Actress||Won|
|2008||La Vie en rose||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2004||Fear and Trembling||Best Actress||Won|
|2008||Ce que mes yeux ont vu||Best Actress||Nominated|
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sylvie Testud.|
- Sylvie Testud on IMDb
- Sylvie Testud at AlloCiné (in French)
- Sylvie Testud at Actricesdefrance.org
- CSOJ – Alain Badiou Sylvie Testud appears on French television's program Ce Soir (En direct, channel 3) in conversation with militant philosopher Alain Badiou. The topic of this episode is "Faut-il réinventer l'amour?". Ms. Testud appears 46:18 minutes into the program and is in conversation with Badiou and the program host for about 24 minutes (no commercials, this show is in French).