The Honorary President
He is a true Ambassador of Laughter, who touches people’s hearts and minds. The Honorary President of the FIFCL also reminds us, just by being there, how important it is to venture further and further outside one’s comfort zone.
how much better life is when we are bold, when we amaze, when we innovate, when we take risks, and when we dream bigger
The two men worked together on such films as “Le Complexe du kangourou ” (1986), “À l’heure où les grands fauves vont boire” (1993), “Filles uniques”(2003), “Je crois que je l’aime” (2006) and most notably “Ma petite entreprise” (1999). This comedy won François Berléand the César for the Best Supporting Role for his performance as the sleazy insurance agent.
Before he turned more to popular cinema, and started to add a pinch of humour to his generally grumpy, even detestable characters, François Berléand had worked with renowned directors: Louis Malle (“Au revoir les enfants”, “Milou en mai”), Bruno Nuytten (“Camille Claudel”), Bertrand Tavernier (“L’Appât”, “Capitaine Conan”), Jacques Audiard (“Un héros très discret”), Benoît Jacquot (“Le Septième ciel”, “L’Ecole de la chair”), Catherine Breillat (“Romance”), Claude Berri (“La Débandade”), Nicole Garcia (“Place Vendôme”) and, more recently, Guillaume Canet (“Narco ”, “Mon idole ”, “Ne le dis à personne”) and Claude Chabrol (“L’ivresse du pouvoir”, “La Fille coupée en deux ”). He saw Sylvie Testud’s debut behind the camera, and Olivia Ruiz’s on the big screen. He lent his voice to The Lorax.
As of right now, François Berléand essentially embodies what the Festival is all