|Intro||French actress, film director, screenwriter and singer|
|Is||Actor Screenwriter Film director Singer Writer Stage actor Film actor Author|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Music|
|Birth||19 October 1964, Antony, France|
Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is a French actress, screenwriter, film director and singer.
She frequently works in collaboration with her former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri.
Life and career
Jaoui was born in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, and is of Tunisian Jewish descent. She is the daughter of Hubert Jaoui and Gyza Jaoui, who are not related to the cinema industry but are both writers. They moved to Paris when she was 8 years old. She started theatre when she was in high school at the Lycée Henri-IV in Paris. She entered the Cours Florent when she was 15. Patrice Chéreau, director of the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre where she followed drama classes since 1984, gave her a role in the film Hôtel de France in 1987. That same year, she also played in Harold Pinter's L'anniversaire beside Jean-Pierre Bacri, who will be later a faithful colleague and companion.
Together they wrote the play Cuisine et dépendances which was adapted onscreen in 1992 by Philippe Muyl. In 1993, director Alain Resnais asked them to write an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's 8-part play Intimate Exchanges, which became the 2-part film Smoking/No Smoking. Thanks to this ironic diptych about free will and destiny, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1994. But it is in 1996 that they came to know greater success with Cédric Klapisch's adaptation of their play Family Resemblances (Un air de famille) which showed their ability to observe and depict everyday life, and to criticize the social norms through a bitter and corrosive humor. Once again, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1997 and this very same year they collaborated again with Alain Resnais for Same Old Song (On connaît la chanson) which they wrote but also interpreted: together, they won their third César Award for Best Writing, and Jaoui won her first César Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jaoui directed her first feature film, The Taste of Others (Le Goût des autres, 2000, written with Jean-Pierre Bacri), which questions social-cultural identities. The film was a huge success in France and attracted 4 million spectators. It also won 4 César Awards in 2001 including Best Film and Best Writing, and also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2004, her second film as a director, Look at Me (Comme une image), co-written with Bacri, was selected for the Cannes Festival, and won the prize for Best Screenplay. She starred in the last Richard Dembo's film, La maison de Nina (2005) and then focused on music and released her album of Latin songs Canta (2006). She returned to the cinema industry two years later in 2008 with Let's Talk About the Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) and offered French humorist Jamel Debbouze a different role from what he was used to.
In 2012, she directed her latest film to-date, Under the Rainbow (Au bout du conte), also co-written with Bacri. She revisits several fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood. It received acclaim —for originality and humor in the writing and dialogue— from critics and audiences.
Jaoui studied music in the conservatoire when she was 17, but did not start her career as a singer until 2006 when her first album Canta was released. It mixed several Latin music genres (such as flamenco, bolero, and bossa) and she sang exclusively in Spanish and Portuguese. In 2007, it won the Victoire de la Musique award for "best traditional music album".
Jaoui's second album, Dans Mon Pays, was released in 2009. It also featured Latin sonorities and songs sang in Spanish and Portuguese— except for two songs in French.
Jaoui is the daughter of Gyza Jaoui; a pioneering figure of transactional analysis, a form of psychotherapy initiated by Eric Berne. Jaoui has a brother, Laurent Jaoui , who is also a screenwriter and a director.
Jaoui was in a relationship with Jean-Pierre Bacri from 1987 to 2012. Despite their breakup, the two decided to stay on good terms and to continue to work together.
She adopted two children from Brazil in 2012.
|2009||Dans Mon Pays|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Nominated work||Original title||Result|
|1993||César Award for Best Writing||Smoking/No Smoking||Won|
|1997||César Award for Best Writing||Family Resemblances||Un air de famille||Won|
|1997||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1997||Lumières Award for Best Screenplay||Won|
|1997||César Award for Best Writing||Same Old Song||On connaît la chanson||Won|
|1998||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2000||Lumières Award for Best Film||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres||Won|
|2000||Lumières Award for Best Director||Won|
|2000||Lumières Award for Best Screenplay||Won|
|2000||European Film Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2000||European Film Award for Best Screenwriter||Won|
|2000||Montreal World Film Festival - Grand Prix des Amériques||Won|
|2001||César Award for Best Film||Won|
|2001||César Award for Best Writing||Won|
|2001||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2001||César Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2001||Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|2001||BIFA Award for Best Foreign Independent Film||Nominated|
|2001||Guldbagge Award for Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|2001||René Clair Award||Won|
|2004||Cannes Film Festival - Best Screenplay||Look at Me||Comme une image||Won|
|2004||European Film Award for Best Screenwriter||Won|
|2004||European Film Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|2004||London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||César Award for Best Writing||Nominated|
|2005||Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film||Won|
|2007||Victoires de la Musique — World music album of the year||Canta||Won|
|2016||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||The Sweet Escape||Comme un avion||Nominated|