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Valérie Donzelli - © Philippe Quaisse / UniFrance
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Valérie Donzelli

Actress, Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter, Costume designer, Participant, President

Represented by : Time Art

Agent : Élisabeth Tanner

Secteur : Cinéma


    After working at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, Valérie Donzelli began her career as an actress, appearing in films by Anne Fontaine, Gilles Marchand, and Agnès Varda. Not content to simply continue as a successful actress, she went on to direct her first film, Queen of Hearts, in 2009, which was presented at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers, in which she also played the lead role. Her second feature film, Declaration of War, is a moving autobiography that recounts her struggle with Jérémie Elkaim to keep their lives together faced with their child's illness. This film was highly acclaimed by the media and critics, and was selected at Cannes. It also won the Grand Prize at the Cabourg Film Festival, as well as the Jury Prize, Audience Prize, and Bloggers' Prize at the Paris Cinéma Festival and was a major success with audiences, attracting 800,000 spectators. After the release of her film Hand in Hand, starring Valérie Lemercier, in 2012, she presented her latest film, Marguerite et Julien, in the Official Competition at Cannes in 2015.

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    Filmography (47)

    Videos (7)


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    Trailer Französische Filmwoche 2021

    Offizieller Trailer der 21. Französischen Filmwoche - Das französische Filmfestival in Deutschland.

    Vom 24. November bis zum 1. Dezember 2021 in Ihren Kinos in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Erlangen, Frankfurt, Köln und München.

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    La bande annonce officielle de la 21e Semaine du cinéma français - Le festival de cinéma français en Allemagne.

    Du 24 au 1er décembre 2021 dans vos cinémas de Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Francfort et Munich.

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    6th MyFrenchFilmFestival launch in pictures



    Triumphant opening night for MyFrenchFilmFestival

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    Nicolas Winding Refn, président du jury du 6e MyFrenchFilmFestival, était entouré, le 17 janvier dernier à la Tour Eiffel, des membres du jury cinéastes : David Robert Mitchell, Marjane Satrapi, Valérie Donzelli et Felix Van Groeningen. Quelques images de cette soirée, à laquelle ont assisté également de nombreux artistes liés aux films de la sélection, et qui s'est conclue sur un concert exceptionnel des LEJ.

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    Selections (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2012

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2012)

    Selection (3)

    Best Original Screenplay : Declaration of War 

    Best Actress : Declaration of War 

    Best Director : Declaration of War 


    MyFrenchFilmFestival - 2017

    MyFrenchFilmFestival (Unspecified country, 2017)


    Special Mention from the Directors Jury : Marguerite et Julien 

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