Isabelle Adjani, a slap in the face for the 7th art

Isabelle Yasmina Adjani was born in Paris on June 27, 1955. Her Kabyle father is a mechanic and her Bavarian-born mother is a cleaner. Isabelle, an excellent student, already showed an interest in theater in high school. In addition, when she was offered to participate in the children’s film “Le petit Bougnat”, she took advantage of her school vacations to dedicate herself fully to the 7th art. Despite her 14 years, Isabelle stood out to the point that in 1972 her performance seduced the directors Robert Hossein and Raymond Rouleau and the 17-year-old adolescent she entered the Comédie Française. She is easily divided between theater and cinema. She revealed by “La gifle” with Lino Ventura in 1974, François Truffaut offered her the role of Adèle Hugo in 1975 in “Adèle H”. She earned two Best Actress nominations for this role, one at the Césars and the other at the Oscars.

Isabelle Adjani has the peculiarity of adapting to all genres and to all directors’ needs. She turns with Polanski, “The Tenant.” We see her in Zulawski’s “Possession,” in Miller’s “Mortal Hike,” and in one of the most significant roles of her career, in “The Murderous Summer” with Jean Becker’s Alain Souchon in 1983. Isabelle Adjani becomes in the 1980s, the most popular French actress of her generation. During this decade she won three Césars for best actress for the roles of strong and fragile or mysterious women like Elle in “The Killer Summer” or Camille Claudel in Bruno Nuytten’s film or Anna in Zulawski’s “Possession”. And Serge Gainsbourg wrote an album for her.

In the 90s and 2000s, the actress is rarer on the screens but each of her appearances set the mood. She thus obtained a fourth César for “Queen Margot” and a fifth for “The Day of the Skirt” by Lilienfeld in which the actress plays the role of a literature teacher in a suburban school who, at the end of her nerves , goes to take his students hostage. In 2010, she shared the “Mammuth” poster with Gérard Depardieu. In 2018, she played a crazy mother in Romain Gavras’s “The World Is Yours.” Three years later, she played the role of Zorah, one of the three French-Algerian sisters in Yamina Benguigui’s film “Sœurs”. She also settled on the small screens in the series “Dix pour cent” and “Capitaine Marleau”. She can already say that she is the headliner for François Ozon’s film, scheduled for release this year, “Peter von Kant,” an adaptation of Fassbinder’s play “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.” Isabelle Adjani has not finished filming and will continue to attract attention.

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