Catherine Deneuve is an iconic French actress of international repute. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for a number of directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. A 14-time César nominee, she won awards for her performances in François Truffaut’s The Last Metro (1980) and Régis Wargnier’s Indochine (1992), for which she received an Academy Award. She also won the 1998 Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Place Vendôme, and the 2002 Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for 8 Women. Other films include Scene of the Crime (1986), My Favourite Season (1993) and Potiche (2010). Her English-language films include The April Fools (1969), Hustle (1975), The Hunger (1983) and Dancer in the Dark (2000).
Deneuve made her film debut in 1957 and first came to prominence in Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, before going on to star for Polanski in Repulsion (1965) and for Buñuel in Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970). A star of wide international recognition, Deneuve has worked with some of France’s top filmmakers such as André Téchiné, Agnès Varda, Jean-Pierre Melville, Alain Corneau, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Philippe de Broca, Philippe Garrel, and Benoît Jacquot. European collaborations include work with Manoel de Oliveira, Raoul Ruiz, Marco Ferreri, Dino Risi, Mario Monicelli, Lars von Trier, and across the Atlantic she has worked with Terence Young, Tony Scott, and Robert Aldrich. Deneuve’s career intersects with a new generation of filmmakers such as Gaël Morel, François Ozon, Marjane Satrapi, Christophe Honoré, Arnaud Desplechin, and Emmanuelle Bercot.
Socially engaged, Catherine Deneuve supports a variety of causes including women’s rights, abolishing the death penalty, and aiding war refugees. An ambassador for the preservation of film heritage at UNESCO, she has been a distinguished guest of Memory! International Heritage Film Festival since 2014. In October this year, she received the prestigious Lumière Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to the cinema industry.