Julie Delpy

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Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy 02.jpg
Delpy in 1991
Born(1969-12-21) 21 December 1969 (age 44)
Paris, France
Years active1978–present
Partner(s)Marc Streitenfeld (2007–2012; 1 child)
 
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Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy 02.jpg
Delpy in 1991
Born(1969-12-21) 21 December 1969 (age 44)
Paris, France
Years active1978–present
Partner(s)Marc Streitenfeld (2007–2012; 1 child)

Julie Delpy (French: [ʒyli dɛlpi]; born 21 December 1969) is a French-American actress, director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written, and acted in more than 30 films, including Europa Europa (1990), The Voyager (1991), Three Colors: White (1993), Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), 2 Days in Paris (2007), and Before Midnight (2013). She has been nominated for three César Awards, two Online Film Critics Society Awards, and two Academy Awards. After moving to the United States in 1990, she became an American citizen in 2001.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Julie Delpy was born 21 December 1969 in Paris, France, to Albert Delpy, a theater director, and Marie Pillet, an actress in feature films and the avant-garde theater. She is an only child. On the stages of Paris, Delpy's parents were involved in underground theatre. At an early age, Julie was exposed to the arts.

I couldn't hope for better parents. They really raised me with a love of art, bringing me to museums and seeing things that a child wouldn't see at that age. I would see Ingmar Bergman movies when I was 9 and totally go for it. And they would bring me to see Francis Bacon's paintings, which I loved: so dark and at the same time it's so wonderful.[3]

Delpy has said she has been plagued by health problems since childhood and had to wear callipers at age eight. She also experienced migraines and panic attacks.[3]

Film career[edit]

In 1984, at the age of fourteen, Delpy was discovered by film director Jean-Luc Godard, who cast her in Détective (1985). Two years later, Delpy starred in the title role in Bertrand Tavernier's La Passion Béatrice (1987). For her performance, Delpy received a César Award Nomination for Most Promising Actress. She used the money she earned to pay for her first trip to New York City. Delpy became an international celebrity after starring in the 1990 film Europa Europa directed by Agnieszka Holland. In the film, she plays a young pro-Nazi who falls in love with the hero, Solomon Perel, not knowing that he is Jewish. She had to speak fluent German for the part.[2]

Following the success of Europa Europa, Delpy appeared in several Hollywood and European films, including The Voyager (1991) and The Three Musketeers (1993). In 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kieślowski to play the female lead in Three Colors: White, the second film of Kieślowski's The Three Colors Trilogy. Delpy also appeared briefly in the other two films in the same role.[4][5] In 1994, she starred opposite Eric Stoltz in Roger Avary's directorial debut Killing Zoe, a cult heist film capturing the Generation X zeitgeist.

Delpy may be best-known internationally for her co-starring role with Ethan Hawke in director Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise, for which she has stated she wrote a lot of her own dialogue uncredited.[6] The film received glowing reviews[7] and was considered one of the most significant films of the 1990s' independent film movement. Its success led to the casting of Delpy in the 1997 American film An American Werewolf in Paris.[8]

In late 2001, she appeared alongside comedian Martin Short in the 30-minute film CinéMagique, a theatre-show attraction presented several times daily at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Resort Paris. Delpy attended the March 2002 opening of the park and the inauguration of the film-based attraction which sees her star as Marguerite—a female actress with whom Short's character, George, falls in love as he stumbles through countless classic movies. CinéMagique won the 2002 Themed Entertainment Association award for "outstanding" themed attraction. Delpy reprised her Before Sunrise character, Céline, with a brief animated appearance in Waking Life (2001), and again in a 2004 sequel, Before Sunset. The later film was well received and earned Delpy, who co-wrote the script, her first Academy Award nomination for Writing Adapted Screenplay. In addition, she has been nominated for César Awards three times.

Writing and directing[edit]

Delpy has had an interest in a career as a film director since her childhood, and enrolled in a summer directing course at New York University. She wrote and directed the short film Blah Blah Blah in 1995 which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2004 Delpy co-wrote Before Sunset, a sequel to the 1995 movie Before Sunrise, with director Richard Linklater and co-star Ethan Hawke. Describing the experience Delpy said, "I'm not a feminist wearing overalls and hating the male gender. But I'm a definite feminist. I don't want to make Before Sunset into a little male fantasy, ever."[9] She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for her work.

She made her feature length directorial debut in 2002, with a film entitled "Looking for Jimmy" which she also wrote and produced. In 2007, Delpy directed, wrote, edited, and co-produced the original score for 2 Days in Paris co-starring Adam Goldberg. The film also features Delpy's real-life parents, Marie Pillet and Albert Delpy, as her character's parents. In one scene, Pillet's character acknowledges having been one of the "343 bitches"; in real life, Pillet was one of the signers of the Manifesto of the 343 bitches.[10]

In 2009, Delpy starred in Countess, TheThe Countess, also her third film as a director in which she played the title role of Elizabeth Báthory. The film also starred Daniel Brühl, and William Hurt.

In 2011 Delpy wrote and directed Le Skylab. The film received a theatrical release in France, but failed to find distribution in the U.S.

In 2012 she released 2 Days in New York, a sequel to her 2007 film 2 Days in Paris. The film starred Delpy and actor Chris Rock. Delpy stated that she wrote the role specifically for Rock.

In 2013, Delpy reunited with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke to write Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Delpy again starred with Hawke, and the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to screen out of competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and was released in May 2013. Delpy was later nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards alongside Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke.[11]

Music[edit]

Delpy is also a musical artist. She released a self-titled album, Julie Delpy in 2003. Three tracks from the album–"A Waltz For A Night," "An Ocean Apart," and "Je t'aime tant"–were featured in Before Sunset. She also sings Marc Collin's "Lalala" over the closing credits of 2 Days in Paris, for which she also wrote all of the original score.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Delpy moved to New York in 1990 and moved to Los Angeles, California a few years after that. She has been a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2001, although she also retains her French citizenship. She now divides her time between Paris and Los Angeles.[12][13] In 2007 she began dating the German film score composer Marc Streitenfeld.[14] The couple had a son named Leo in January 2009.[15] On June 26, 2013, in an interview with the French show Le Petit Journal, she revealed that the couple are not together any more.[16]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978Guerres civiles en FranceCredited as Julie Pillet
Segment La semaine sanglante
1982Niveau moins troisShort film
1985ClassiqueShort film
1985DétectiveWise young girl
1985L'amour ou presqueMelie
1986Mauvais SangLiseEnglish: Bad Blood
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1987BeatriceBeatrice de CortemartFrench: La Passion Béatrice
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1987King LearVirginia (uncredited)
1988L'autre nuitMarie
1989La noche oscuraVirgin MaryEnglish: The Dark Night
1989TroubleShort film
1990Europa EuropaLeni
1991Les dents de ma mèreJulieShort film
1991VoyagerSabethNominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
1992Warszawa: Année 5703Fryda
1993The Three MusketeersConstance
1993Younger and YoungerMelodie
1993Killing ZoeZoe
1993Three Colors: BlueDominique (cameo appearance)
1994Three Colors: WhiteDominique
1994Three Colors: RedDominique (cameo appearance)
1995Blah Blah BlahShort filmAlso as writer, director, and producer
1995Before SunriseCélineNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
1996Tykho MoonLena
1997Les mille merveilles de l'universEva PurpurEnglish: The Thousand Wonders of the Universe
1997An American Werewolf in ParisSerafine Pigot
1997Alleys and MotorwaysVideo
1998The TreatFrancesca
1998L.A. Without a MapJulie
1998Crime and PunishmentSoniaTelevision film
1999True LoveTelevision film
1999The Passion of Ayn RandBarbara BrandenTelevision film
1999But I'm a CheerleaderLipstick Lesbian
2000SandLill
2001Investigating SexChloeAlso known as Intimate Affairs
2001MacArthur ParkWendy
2001Waking LifeCéline
2001Beginner's LuckAnya
2001ERNicoleTelevision program, 7 episodes
2002Villa des rosesLouise Creteur
2002Looking for JimmyAlAlso as writer, director, and producer
2002CinéMagiqueMargueriteDisney Theme Park Attraction
2003Notting Hill Anxiety FestivalCharlotte
2004Before SunsetCélineAs writer:
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
As actress:
Empire Award for Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
2004FrankensteinCaroline FrankensteinMiniseries
2005Broken FlowersSherry
2006The Legend of Lucy KeyesJeanne Cooley
2006The HoaxNina Van Pallandt
2006Guilty HeartsCharlotte
2007The Air I BreatheGina
20072 Days in ParisMarionAlso as writer, director, and producer
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
Nominated—European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Film
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film
2009The CountessErzsébet BáthoryAlso as writer, director, and producer
2011Le SkylabAnnaAlso as writer
2012Les passagesAnnaPost-production
20122 Days in New YorkMarionAlso as writer, director, and producer
2013Before MidnightCélineAs writer: (shared with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke)
AARP Award for Best Screenwriter
Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association — Louis XIII Genius Award
Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Hollywood Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Pending—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
As actress:
Pending—Guardian Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (Runner-Up)
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDB "Julie Delpy". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b The New York Times "Julie Delpy Biography". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Movie Times "Julie Delpy Movie and Career Information". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Kieslowski, Krzysztof. Kieslowski on Kieslowski. Edited by Danusia Stok. London: Faber and Faber, 1998, p. 212.
  5. ^ Insdorf, Annette. Double Lives, Second Chances: the Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. New York: Hyperion, 1999, pp. 153-165.
  6. ^ Goupil, Hélène. France Today "The Zen of Julie Delpy". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Before Sunrise Movie Reviews, Pictures – Rotten Tomatoes". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  8. ^ Puig, Claudia. USA Today "Julie Delpy's '2 Days' has its moments". Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Delpy: Feminist And Proud. Contact Music.com, 23 July 2004. Accessed 13 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Julie Delpy Biography (1969-)". Full Issue. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/86/nominees.html
  12. ^ a b Hamilton, Fiona. The Times (London) http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article458036.ece |url= missing title (help). 
  13. ^ Guthmann, Edward (2004-11-04). "Julie Delpy is bursting with feeling, full of words — and all that is propelling her beyond the screen". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco: Hearst). ISSN 1932-8672. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  14. ^ "Interview: Julie Delpy". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Julie Delpy: 'I Love Everything About Motherhood". Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  16. ^ http://www.canalplus.fr/c-divertissement/pid3351-c-le-petit-journal.html?vid=893124

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