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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 13 July 1948Bressuire, Deux-Sèvres, France

Mini Bio (1)

Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies. She is also a best-selling novelist and wrote her first novel, L'Homme Facile, at the age of 17. Breillat acted in Bernardo Bertolucci's Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972) and wrote the screenplay for Maurice Pialat's movie Police (1985) . Since her first own film A Real Young Girl (1976), which was released 23 years after its shooting, Breillat explored critically as well as in an innovative way the perceptions imposed on female sexuality, related family and coming of age issues.

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Trade Mark (1)

Dramas that explore female sexuality in a clinical, bleak style and with unconventional explicitness.

Trivia (11)

She hails Nattvardsgästerna (1963) as being the main reason why she became a director.
Sister of actress Marie-Hélène Breillat.
Professor at La Fémis (Paris).
Wrote her first novel "L'Homme Facile" at the age of 17, but was barred from the French system of book classification, which classified it as 18+ readership.
Serves as a master teacher of film at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts in New York for a program called "On Set With French Cinema" (Fall 2003).
Professor for Auteur Cinéma at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland.
Considers David Cronenberg another filmmaker to have a similar approach to sexuality in film.
Was a member of the jury at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
Suffered a stroke in 2004 and was hospitalized for 5 months.
Other novels by Catherine Breillat: "Le silence, après...", "Les vêtements de la mer", and "Le soupirail", which was the basis for A Real Young Girl (1976), her first directorial effort.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.

Personal Quotes (9)

The problem is that censors create the concept of obscenity. By supposedly trying to protect us they form an absurd concept of what is obscene.
It's a joke - if men can't desire liberated women, then tough. Does it mean they can only desire a slave? Men need to question the roots of their own desire. Why is it that historically men have this need to deny women to be able to desire them?
For me, the outrage is that the world needs to know about the loss of virginity. There is such guilt associated with the fact that you want to make love, that you demand that your lover speaks words of love, whether he means them or not.
It's not just freedom to do a particular act. It's not consumerism. If you think of an orgy or falling in love, everyone would rather fall in love because it's really transcendental. The problem is that all governments and all religions have always been determined to make sex something dirty. Religion is afraid of the power of sex - because a person who can find the transfiguration of sex in her life is no longer a person who can be directed.
If you want to preserve your virginity, it's about not wanting to belong to the human species. To make love is not just to have the pleasure of flesh, but to have the pleasure of flesh escaping flesh. The sexual act involves a mental transfiguration, too.
I am the pariah of French cinema. That can make things complicated for me: it is never easy to drum up a budget or to find a distributor for my films in France. Some people refuse even to read my scripts. But it also makes me very happy because hatred is invigorating. All true artists are hated. Only conformists are ever adored.
If I stop making films, I will die. I can tell myself that one day I will stop living. But I cannot bear the fact that the day will come when I will no longer be making films.
In American cinema you find handsome men, whereas in French cinema you find male stars who are usually not very good looking at all. Fifty years from now, when people watch French movies and see these absolutely ravishing actresses who fall head over heels in love with Gérard Depardieu, they'll shake their heads and wonder what exactly was wrong with France.
I once wrote an article called 'The Importance of Being Hated', and though I would rather be loved and adored, because I am a human being like everyone else, I think the world still needs people who can speak their truth without fearing the consequences.

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