Josiane Balasko

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Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko 2014.jpg
Josiane Balasko in February 2014.
BornJosiane Balašković
(1950-04-15) 15 April 1950 (age 64)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, comedian, director, writer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)George Aguilar (2003–present)
Partner(s)Bruno Moynot (1974-1981)
Philippe Berry (1982-1999)
Relatives
 
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Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko 2014.jpg
Josiane Balasko in February 2014.
BornJosiane Balašković
(1950-04-15) 15 April 1950 (age 64)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, comedian, director, writer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)George Aguilar (2003–present)
Partner(s)Bruno Moynot (1974-1981)
Philippe Berry (1982-1999)
Relatives

Josiane Balasko (born Josiane Balašković, 15 April 1950 in Paris) is a French actress, writer and director.

Life[edit]

One of Balasko's most recognized roles among English speakers is as a lesbian in 1995's Gazon maudit (French Twist). She won the 1996 César Award (shared with Telsche Boorman) for best writing for this film, for which she was also nominated as best director. The movie itself was nominated for best film.

Balasko's other César nominations for best actress were for Trop belle pour toi (1989), Tout le monde n'a pas eu la chance d'avoir des parents communistes (1993), Cette femme-là (2003).

She is married to George Aguilar, who is also an actor.

1973-1980 : The beginning[edit]

Josiane began her career in 1973. She was 23 years old when she first appeared on screen, in the short "L'Agression", with Patrick Bouchitey, Claude Melki and Louis Daquin. She also made her debut in cinema in the movie "L'an 01", directed by Jacques Doillon, with Georges Bernier, François Béranger, François Cavanna, Christian Clavier, Coluche, Gérard Depardieu, Lee Falk, Marcel Gotlib, Jacques Higelin, Gérard Jugnot, Nelly Kaplan, Patrice Leconte, Stan Lee, Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou, Frederic Tuten and Susan Shapiro.

After three years of absence, she returned to the screen in 1976, in the film The Tenant directed by Roman Polanski, with a screenplay was written by him and Gérard Brach. The movie was based on a novel written by Roland Topor and it starred Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson, Lila Kedrova, Claude Dauphin, Claude Piéplu, Rufus, Jacques Monod, Michel Blanc, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Eva Ionesco, Gérard Jugnot, Héléna Manson, Maïté Nahyr and Shelley Winters.

Her career really exploded in 1977, with her appearing in seven films over the course of the year. She first appears in "Solveig et le Violon turc", with Roger Blin, Eugène Ionesco, Dominique Lavanant, Jacques Mauclair and Hubert Deschamps. Next, she played Simone in "Une fille unique" alongside her boyfriend at time, Bruno Moynot. She made an appearance in Animal, directed by Claude Zidi, on a screenplay written by him, Michel Audiard and Dominique Fabre. The movie starred Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raquel Welch, Dany Saval, Jane Birkin, Johnny Hallyday, Yves Mourousi, Charles Gérard, Claude Chabrol, Henri Génès, Julien Guiomar, Aldo Maccione, Henri Attal, Maurice Bénichou, Paul Bisciglia, Richard Bohringer and Didier Flamand. It was a big success with more than three million of entries in France, the movie was #5 in 1977 in France.[1] She also play in Pardon Mon Affaire, Too!, directed by Yves Robert and written by him and Jean-Loup Dabadie, it starred Jean Rochefort, Claude Brasseur, Guy Bedos, Victor Lanoux, Danièle Delorme, Marthe Villalonga, Maïa Simon, Jean-Pierre Castaldi and Daniel Gélin. The movie was also a big success with more than two million of entries in France, it was #8 in 1977 in France.[2] She played Nadine in This Sweet Sickness, directed by Claude Miller, based on a novel written by Patricia Highsmith. The movie starred Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Claude Piéplu, Dominique Laffin, Christian Clavier, Xavier Saint-Macary and Véronique Silver. She also acted, under the direction of Philippe Monnier, in "Monsieur Papa", in which the dialogue was written by Jean-Marie Poiré. She starred alongside Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Daniel Auteuil, Brigitte Catillon, Gérard Hérold, Éva Darlan and Jacqueline Doyen. Finally, she appears (in an uncredited role) in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, directed by Vincent McEveety, written by Don Nelson and starring Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin, Roy Kinnear, Bernard Fox, Eric Braeden, Xavier Saint-Macary, Alan Caillou, Laurie Main, Johnny Haymer and Gérard Jugnot. With almost three millions of entries in France and nearly 30 millions worldwide, the movie was a big success.

In 1978, she play in "Si vous n'aimez pas ça, n'en dégoûtez pas les autres", with Pierre Doris, François Dyrek, Gérard Jugnot and Thierry Lhermitte, and in "Les Petits Câlins", directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, alongside Dominique Laffin, Jacques Frantz, Claire Maurier, Jean Bouise, Françoise Bertin and Gérard Jugnot. Then, she play in "La Tortue sur le dos", with Jean-François Stévenin, Bernadette Lafont, Virginie Thévenet, Claude Miller, Marion Game, Valérie Quennessen, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier and Bruno Moynot. She had the leading role in the comedy "Pauline et l'Ordinateur", in which she wrote the dialogue and where she play next to Gérard Jugnot, Éva Darlan, Jacques Attali and Marie-Anne Chazel. Finally, she play Nathalie Morin in the cult comedy Les Bronzés, directed by Patrice Leconte, and with her friends from Le Splendid, Marie-Anne Chazel, Michel Blanc, Bruno Moynot, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Christian Clavier and also Michel Creton and Dominique Lavanant. The movie was a hit with more than two millions of entries.[3]

In 1979, She play Emma-Ammé in one episode of the TV Mini-Series, "Les Quatre Cents Coups de Virginie", alongside Anicée Alvina, Françoise Morhange, Serge Sauvion, Anémone, Raymond Bussières and Paulette Dubost. Then she play Nathalie Morin again, in the sequel Les Bronzés font du ski with the same cast, who was also a success with more than a millions of entries.[4] She also appeared as a client in the movie "Les héros n'ont pas froid aux oreilles", with Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Jugnot, Roland Giraud, Gérard Lanvin, Jacques Legras, Michel Blanc, Bruno Moynot, Thierry Lhermitte, Christophe Malavoy, Marie-Anne Chazel and Christian Clavier.

1981-1990 : Success & Directing Debut[edit]

The year 1981 was very successful for Josiane. First, she play Louise in Clara et les Chics Types, with Daniel Auteuil, Christophe Bourseiller, Christian Clavier, Thierry Lhermitte, Isabelle Adjani, Monique Chaumette, Antoine Bourseiller, Roland Giraud and Philippe Nahon. But it's with two hit at the box-office that she increased her popularity. First, with Les hommes préfèrent les grosses in which she had the leading role who was a big success with almost two millions of entries.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1973L'AgressionFrank CassentiShort
L'An 01Jacques Doillon
Alain Resnais
Jean Rouch
1976The TenantOffice WorkerRoman Polanski
1977Solveig et le Violon turcJean-Jacques Grand-Jouan
Une fille uniqueSimonePhilippe Nahoun
AnimalThe Supermarket GirlClaude Zidi
Pardon Mon Affaire, Too!JosyYves Robert
This Sweet SicknessNadineClaude Miller
Monsieur PapaPhilippe Monnier
Herbie Goes to Monte CarloVincent McEveety
1978Si vous n'aimez pas ça, n'en dégoûtez pas les autresA spectatorRaymond Lewin
Les Petits CâlinsCorinneJean-Marie Poiré
La Tortue sur le dosLuc Béraud
Pauline et l'OrdinateurPaulineFrancis Fehr
Les BronzésNathalie MorinPatrice Leconte
1979Les Quatre Cents Coups de VirginieEmma-AmméBernard Queysanne
Les Bronzés font du skiNathalie MorinPatrice Leconte (2)
Les héros n'ont pas froid aux oreillesA clientCharles Nemes
1981Clara et les Chics TypesLouiseJacques Monnet
Les hommes préfèrent les grossesLydie LangloisJean-Marie Poiré (2)
Le Maître d'écoleMlle LajoieClaude Berri
1982Hotel AmericaColetteAndré Téchiné
Le Père Noël est une ordureMadame MusquinJean-Marie Poiré (3)
1983Signes extérieurs de richesseBéatrice FlamandJacques Monnet (2)
Papy fait de la résistanceThe pharmacistJean-Marie Poiré (4)
1984P'tit ConRolandeGérard Lauzier
La SmalaSimoneJean-Loup Hubert
La Vengeance du serpent à plumesJackieGérard Oury
1985Sac de noeudsAnitaJosiane Balasko
Tranches de vieThe ParisianFrançois Leterrier
1986Nuit d'ivresseFredBernard Nauer
Les Frères PétardAlineHervé Palud
1987Les KeufsMireille MolineuxJosiane Balasko (2)
1988Sans peur et sans reprocheA handmaidGérard Jugnot
1989Une nuit à l'Assemblée nationaleThe JournalistJean-Pierre Mocky
Too Beautiful for YouColette ChevassuBertrand BlierNominated - César Award for Best Actress
1991My Life Is HellLeah LemonierJosiane Balasko (3)
Les Secrets professionnels du Dr ApfelglückThe scientistAlessandro Capone, Stéphane Clavier and Mathias Ledoux
1993Tout le monde n'a pas eu la chance d'avoir des parents communistesIrèneJean-Jacques ZilbermannNominated - César Award for Best Actress
L'Ombre du douteSophiaAline Issermann
1994Grosse FatigueHerselfMichel Blanc
1995French TwistMarijoJosiane Balasko (4)
1997DidierMadame MassartAlain Chabat
ArletteArlette BathiatClaude Zidi (2)
1998Un grand cri d'amourGigi OrtegaJosiane Balasko (5)
1999Le Fils du FrançaisSuzanneGérard Lauzier (2)
2000Le LibertinBaroness HolbachGabriel Aghion
Les ActeursAndré Dussollier 2Bertrand Blier (2)
Chicken RunBernadette's VoicePeter Lord and Nick Park
2001A Crime in ParadiseLucienne Braconnier (Lulu)Jean Becker
Absolument fabuleuxEdith Mousson (Eddie)Gabriel Aghion (2)
2002The RaceMadame JoDjamel Bensalah
2003Cette femme-làMichèle VarinGuillaume NiclouxNominated - César Award for Best Actress
2004Madame ÉdouardNina TchitchiNadine Monfils
2005L'Ex-femme de ma vieMarie-Pierre Sarrazin/Jean-EusèbeJosiane Balasko (6)
La vie est à nous !Blanche DelhommeGérard Krawczyk
J'ai vu tuer Ben BarkaMarguerite DurasSerge Le Péron
2006Les Bronzés 3: Amis pour la vieNathalie MorinPatrice Leconte (3)
2007L'Auberge rougeRose MartinGérard Krawczyk (2)
La ClefMichèle VarinGuillaume Nicloux (2)
Ruby BlueStéphanieJan Dunn
2008Musée haut, musée basChanel's MotherJean-Michel Ribes
ClienteIrèneJosiane Balasko (7)
2009Bancs publics (Versailles Rive-Droite)Solange RenivelleBruno Podalydès
The HedgehogRenée MichelMona Achache
Neuilly sa mère!The director of Saint-ExupéryGabriel Julien-Laferrière
2010HolidayChristiane MercierGuillaume Nicloux (3)
2011Beur sur la villeMamie NovaDjamel Bensalah (2)
A Happy EventClaireRémi Bezançon
2012Sport de fillesJoséphine de SilènePatricia Mazuy
MamanPaulette MineAlexandra Leclère
Mes hérosOlgaEric Besnard
2013Demi-sœurAntoinetteJosiane Balasko (8)
2014La loi de BarbaraBarbara MaloDidier Le PêcheurTV Series (2 Episodes)
Les gazellesBrigitteMona Achache (2)
Tante Hilda !Dolorès's voiceBenoît Chieux
Jacques-Rémy Girerd

Director[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1985Sac de noeuds
1987Les keufs
1991My Life Is Hell
1995French TwistCésar Award for Best Writing
Palm Springs International Film Festival - Best Foreign Language Film
Lumière Film Festival - Best Writing
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
Nominated - GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Nominated - Festival du Film Francophone - Film in Competition
1998Un grand cri d'amour
2004L'ex-femme de ma vie
2008ClienteNominated - Sundance Film Festival for Grand Jury Prize : World Cinema Dramatic
Nominated - Rome Film Festival for Golden Marc'Aurelio Award
Nominated - City of Lights, City of Angels - In Competition
Nominated - Hublot d'Or - Best Adaptation
Nominated - Young Public Award - Best Adaptation
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Comedy Film
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Actress
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Screenplay
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Direction
Nominated - Festival du Film Francophone - Film in Competition
2013Demi-soeur

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/charts_france.php?qpage=datefr&infla=no&variable=1977
  2. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/charts_france.php?qpage=datefr&infla=no&variable=1977
  3. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/charts_france.php?qpage=datefr&infla=no&variable=1978
  4. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=7634
  5. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=7248

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