Femmes cinéastes

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1. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

2. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

3. Laetitia Masson

Director | En avoir (ou pas)

Laetitia Masson was born on August 18, 1966 in Epinal, Vosges, France. She is a director and writer, known for To Have (or Not) (1995), For Sale (1998) and Why (Not) Brazil? (2004).

4. Noémie Lvovsky

Actress | Camille redouble

Noémie Lvovsky was born on December 14, 1964 in Paris, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Camille Rewinds (2012), Life Doesn't Scare Me (1999) and Feelings (2003).

5. Laurence Ferreira Barbosa

Writer | Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel

Laurence Ferreira Barbosa was born on February 27, 1958 in Versailles, France. She is a writer and director, known for Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional (1993), I Hate Love (1997) and Tous les rêves du monde (2017).

6. Souad El-Bouhati

Director | Salam

Souad El-Bouhati is a director and writer, known for Salam (2001), Française (2008) and Bonjour, je vais à Toulouse (1992).

7. Delphine Gleize

Director | Carnages

Delphine Gleize was born on May 5, 1973 in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France. She is a director and writer, known for Carnage (2002), Dirtie Basterdz (1998) and A Castle in Spain (1999).

8. Nicole Garcia

Actress | Mon oncle d'Amérique

Nicole Garcia was born on April 22, 1946 in Oran, France. She is an actress and writer, known for My American Uncle (1980), Alias Betty (2001) and Le fils préféré (1994).

9. Lisa Azuelos

Writer | LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ®

Lisa Azuelos was born on November 6, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Elise-Anne Bethsabée Azuelos. She is a writer and director, known for LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® (2008), A Chance Encounter (2014) and LOL (2012). She was previously married to Patrick Alessandrin.

10. Fanny Ardant

Actress | 8 femmes

Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.

When she was 17 her father died and the ...

11. Tonie Marshall

Writer | Vénus beauté (institut)

She is the daughter of the French actress Micheline Presle and the American actor/director William Marshall, who appeared in such 40s and 50s films as "Knute Rockne, All American." As a child, Tonie saw her mother "doing movies and getting invited everywhere", and the life of an actress impressed ...

12. Alice Guy

Director | Shadows of the Moulin Rouge

Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the ...

13. Leni Riefenstahl

Actress | Das blaue Licht

Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...

14. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...

15. Patty Jenkins

Director | Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a ...

16. Sofia Coppola

Actress | The Godfather Part III

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

17. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea P. Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

18. Rebecca Zlotowski

Writer | Grand Central

Rebecca Zlotowski was born on April 21, 1980 in Paris, France as Rebecca Myriam Clara Zlotowski. She is a writer and director, known for Grand Central (2013), Planetarium (2016) and Dear Prudence (2010).

19. Ursula Meier

Director | L'enfant d'en haut

Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is a director and writer, known for Sister (2012), Home (2008) and Table Manners (2001).

20. Naomi Kawase

Director | An

Naomi Kawase was born on May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Suzaku (1997) and Still the Water (2014). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

21. Ann Hui

Director | Nu ren si shi

Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when she was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Literature from Hong Kong University, she spent two years at the London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining ...

22. Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville

Director | Lung Ta: Les cavaliers du vent

Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville is an actress and director, known for Lung Ta: The Forgotten Tibet (1990), Molom: A Legend of Mongolia (1995) and Tengri: Blue Heavens (2008).

23. Katell Quillévéré

Writer | Réparer les vivants

Katell Quillévéré was born on January 30, 1980 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is a writer and director, known for Heal the Living (2016), Suzanne (2013) and Love Like Poison (2010).

24. Julia Ducournau

Writer | Grave

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie RAW, won the coveted FIPRESCI ...

25. Coralie Fargeat

Director | Revenge

Coralie Fargeat is a director and writer, known for Revenge (2017), Reality+ (2014) and Le télégramme (2003).

26. Anne Fontaine

Writer | Coco avant Chanel

Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is an actress and writer, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Innocents (2016) and Reinventing Marvin (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.

27. Valeria Golino

Actress | Rain Man

The second child of an Italian germanist and a Greek painter, Valeria Golino grew up in Naples until her parents parted. After three years in Athens with her mother and another three in Naples with her father, she began to work as a model. She left high school after her first movie and didn't study...

28. Alice Rohrwacher

Director | Lazzaro felice

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1982 in Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Happy as Lazzaro (2018), The Wonders (2014) and Corpo Celeste (2011).

29. Samira Makhmalbaf

Director | Panj é asr

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Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.

At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...

30. Joana Hadjithomas

Director | A Perfect Day

Key figure of contemporary Lebanese cinema, along with Khalil Joreige, with whom she has worked in partnership since the beginning of her career, Joana Hadjithomas studied (already with Joreige) in France and in the USA. She (and Koreige of course) both graduated from the University of Nanterre and,...

31. Jocelyn Saab

Director | Dunia

She was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Her first job was hosting a pop music program on the national Lebanese radio station called "Marsipulami got blue eyes." Then she became a television newsreader. Once civil war broke out in Lebanon, Saab started working on documentary films. That led to a...

32. Jessica Hausner

Writer | Lourdes

Jessica Hausner was born on October 6, 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Lourdes (2009), Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004).

33. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

36. Çagla Zencirci

Director | Sibel

Çagla Zencirci was born on January 23, 1976 in Ankara, Turkey. She is a director and writer, known for Sibel (2018), Ata (2008) and Noor (2012).

39. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

43. Hélène Fillières

Actress | Collection Fred Vargas

Hélène Fillières was born on May 1, 1972 in Paris, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Collection Fred Vargas (2007), Lady Chatterley (2006) and Raising Colors (2018). She has been married to Matthieu Tarot since July 26, 2014.

44. Pascale Ferran

Writer | Lady Chatterley

Pascale Ferran was born on April 17, 1960 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Lady Chatterley (2006), The Age of Potential (1995) and Coming to Terms with the Dead (1994).

45. Marion Vernoux

Writer | Rien à faire

Marion Vernoux was born on June 29, 1966 in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. She is a writer and director, known for Empty Days (1999), Personne ne m'aime (1994) and Raw (2016).

46. Marion Laine

Director | Un coeur simple

Marion Laine is an actress and director, known for A Simple Heart (2008), An Open Heart (2012) and Headwinds (2011).

47. Sophie Fillières

Writer | Des filles et des chiens

Sophie Fillières was born on November 2, 1964 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Des filles et des chiens (1991), If You Don't, I Will (2014) and Forget Me (1994).

48. Maïwenn

Actress | Polisse

Maïwenn (sometimes credited as Maïwenn Besco or her birth name Maïwenn Le Besco, born 17 April 1976) is a French actress, film director and screenwriter.

Maïwenn was born as Maïwenn Le Besco in Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. It is a suburban area East of Paris. Maïwenn is of mixed Breton, ...

49. Isild Le Besco

Actress | L'intouchable

Isild Le Besco was born on November 22, 1982 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for The Untouchable (2006), Girls Can't Swim (2000) and Half-Price (2003).

50. Delphine Coulin

Writer | 17 filles

Delphine Coulin is a writer and director, known for 17 Girls (2011), The Stopover (2016) and Souffle (2000).

51. Muriel Coulin

Director | 17 filles

Muriel Coulin is known for her work on 17 Girls (2011), The Stopover (2016) and Souffle (2000).

52. Lucie Borleteau

Director | Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice

Lucie Borleteau is an actress and director, known for Fidelio: Alice's Odyssey (2014), Les voeux (Histoire de Colbrune et Bjorn) (2008) and La grève des ventres (2012).

53. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Twilight (2008), Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

54. Mia Hansen-Løve

Director | L'avenir

Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September (1998). Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les destinées (2000). Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real ...

55. Agnès B.

Producer | Je m'appelle Hmmm....

Agnès B. was born on November 26, 1941 in Versailles, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France as Agnès Troublé. She is a producer, known for My Name Is Hmmm... (2013), Inland Empire (2006) and Spring Breakers (2012).

56. Julia Leigh

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Julia Leigh is a writer and director, known for Sleeping Beauty (2011), The Hunter (2011) and Disquiet.

57. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

58. Jeanne Herry

Director | Pupille

Jeanne Herry is an actress and director, known for In Safe Hands (2018), Number One Fan (2014) and Call My Agent! (2015).

59. Lola Doillon

Director | Le voyage de Fanny

Lola Doillon was born on January 9, 1975 in Charenton-le-Pont, Val-de-Marne, France. She is a director and writer, known for Fanny's Journey (2016), Et toi t'es sur qui? (2007) and L'auberge espagnole (2002). She has been married to Cédric Klapisch since 2002. They have one child.

60. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

61. Julie Bertuccelli

Director | Depuis qu'Otar est parti...

Born in 1968, Julie Bertucelli worked as Assistant Director to a series of well-known directors including Otar Iosseliani, Krystof Kieslowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Emmanuel Finkiel and Rithy Panh. She then went on to direct a number of documentaries, all of which proved to be a considerable success....

62. Emmanuelle Bercot

Actress | Mon roi

Emmanuelle Bercot was born on November 6, 1967 in Paris, France. She is an actress and writer, known for My King (2015), Polisse (2011) and Clément (2001).

63. Julie Lopes-Curval

Writer | Bord de mer

Julie Lopes-Curval is a writer and director, known for Seaside (2002), Hidden Diary (2009) and The Role of Her Life (2004).

64. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

65. Léa Fehner

Writer | Les ogres

Graduated from La Fémis (17th promotion, scriptwriting department) and Ciné Sup (Nantes).

66. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

67. Mira Nair

Director | Salaam Bombay!

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...

68. Gurinder Chadha

Writer | Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 2001, Chadha set up her own...

69. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Things I Never Told You (1996).

70. Josiane Balasko

Actress | Gazon maudit

Josiane Balasko was born on April 15, 1950 in Paris, France as Josiane Balaskovic. She is an actress and writer, known for French Twist (1995), A French Gigolo (2008) and The Hedgehog (2009). She has been married to George Aguilar since June 12, 2003. She was previously married to Philippe Berry.

71. Marilou Berry

Actress | Comme une image

Marilou Berry was born on February 1, 1983 in Paris, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), Ugly Melanie (2008) and The New Adventures of Cinderella (2017).

72. Mona Achache

Director | Le hérisson

Mona Achache was born on March 18, 1981. She is a director and writer, known for The Hedgehog (2009), Defendant (2015) and Les gazelles (2014).

73. Laïla Marrakchi

Director | Rock the Casbah

Laïla Marrakchi was born on December 10, 1975 in Casablanca, Morocco. She is a director and writer, known for Rock the Casbah (2013), Deux cents dirhams (2002) and L'horizon perdu (2000). She is married to Alexandre Aja.

74. Sophie Letourneur

Director | La vie au ranch

Sophie Letourneur is a director and writer, known for Chicks (2009), La tête dans le vide (2004) and Les coquillettes (2012).

75. Caroline Deruas-Garrel

Writer | L'indomptée

Caroline Deruas-Garrel is an actress and writer, known for Daydreams (2016), Les enfants de la nuit (2011) and Le feu, le sang, les étoiles (2008).

76. Céline Sciamma

Writer | Tomboy

Céline Sciamma was born on November 12, 1980 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France. She is a writer and director, known for Tomboy (2011), Water Lilies (2007) and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019).

77. Valérie Mréjen

Director | En ville

Valérie Mréjen was born in 1969 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Iris in Bloom (2011), Chamonix (2003) and ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP(Q)RSTUVWXYz (2012).

78. Claudine Nougaret

Sound_department | 12 jours

Claudine Nougaret was born in 1958 in Montpellier, Hérault, France. She is known for her work on 12 Days (2017), Journal de France (2012) and Untouched by the West (2002).

79. Danièle Huillet

Director | Sicilia!

Danièle Huillet was born on May 1, 1936 in Paris, France. She was a director and editor, known for Sicily! (1999), Class Relations (1984) and The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968). She was married to Jean-Marie Straub. She died on October 9, 2006 in Cholet, Maine-et-Loire, France.

80. Eva Ionesco

Director | My Little Princess

Eva Ionesco was born on July 18, 1965 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for My Little Princess (2011), The Tenant (1976) and Golden Youth (2019). She has been married to Simon Liberati since December 8, 2013.

81. Ondi Timoner

Producer | Mapplethorpe

ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice - for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and ...

82. Houda Benyamina

Director | Divines

Houda Benyamina is a director and writer, known for Divines (2016), Sur la route du paradis (2011) and Ma poubelle géante (2009).

83. Maria Ripoll

Director | The Man with Rain in His Shoes

Maria Ripoll was born in 1964 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. She is a director and assistant director, known for Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998), Traces of Sandalwood (2014) and Your Life in 65 (2006).

84. Amanda Sthers

Writer | Madame

Amanda Sthers was born in Paris and now lives in Los Angeles. She has written eleven novels, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages. To highlight just of few of these works, her 2005 novel Chicken Street was named by the Italian press as the best book of the year; her 2007 ...

85. Fatemah Motamed-Aria

Actress | Avalanche

Fatemah Motamed-Aria was born in 1961 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for Avalanche (2015), Nabat (2014) and Here Without Me (2011).

86. Niki Karimi

Actress | Sout-e payan

Born in 1971 in Tehran, Niki Karimi is the most famous, internationally acclaimed Actress and filmmaker in Iran. She began her work as an actress with films such as "Sara" by Dariush Mehrjouii, which she won best actress award at "San Sebastian" film festival and in "Nantes film festival in 1992. ...

87. Lisa Langseth

Writer | Till det som är vackert

Lisa Langseth is a writer and director, known for Pure (2010), Euphoria (2017) and Hotel (2013).

88. Alice Winocour

Writer | Mustang

Alice Winocour was born on January 13, 1976 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Mustang (2015), Disorder (2015) and Proxima (2019).

89. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Director | Mustang

In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings. While there she met fellow director Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film Augustine. After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Winocour suggested ...

90. Claire McCarthy

Director | Ophelia

Director, writer, producer and visual artist, Claire has a diverse slate of feature film projects at various stages of development.

As a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (2001), she also holds a Bachelor of Design / Communications (Hons) from the University of ...

91. Brigitte Roüan

Actress | Outremer

Brigitte Roüan was born on September 28, 1946 in Toulon, Var, France. She is an actress and director, known for Overseas (1990), After Sex (1997) and Grosse (1985).

92. Josée Dayan

Director | Le Comte de Monte Cristo

Josée Dayan was born on October 6, 1943 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. She is a director and producer, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (1998), Captain Marleau (2015) and A Cursed Monarchy (2005).

93. Valérie Donzelli

Actress | La guerre est déclarée

Valérie Donzelli was born on March 2, 1973 in Épinal, Vosges, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Declaration of War (2011), The Queen of Hearts (2009) and Hand in Hand (2012).

94. Aurélia Georges

Director | L'homme qui marche

Aurélia Georges was born in 1973 in Paris, France. She is a director and actress, known for L'homme qui marche (2007), Sur la pente (2002) and La fille et le fleuve (2014).

95. Axelle Ropert

Writer | La famille Wolberg

Axelle Ropert was born on February 15, 1972 in Paris, France. She is a writer and actress, known for The Wolberg Family (2009), Miss and the Doctors (2013) and The Apple of My Eye (2016).

96. Marie Monge

Writer | Joueurs

Marie Monge is a writer and director, known for Treat Me Like Fire (2018), Marseille by Night (2012) and Les ombres bossues (2009).

97. Marie Garel-Weiss

Writer | La fête est finie

Marie Garel-Weiss is a writer and director, known for The Party's Over (2017), Don't Grow Up (2015) and The Return of James Battle (2004).

98. Mélanie Laurent

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Annick, a ballet teacher, and Pierre, a voice actor, who is most recognized for the French version of The Simpsons (1989). She has a younger brother, Mathieu, and has both Sephardi Jewish (from Tunisia) and Ashkenazi Jewish (from ...

99. Lidia Terki

Director | Paris la blanche

Lidia Terki is a director and writer, known for Paris la blanche (2017), Le projet Sextoy (2014) and Sextoy Stories (2014).

100. Marie Noëlle

Writer | Marie Curie

Marie Noëlle was born as Marie-Noëlle Sehr. She is a writer and producer, known for Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2016), The Anarchist's Wife (2008) and Love the Hard Way (2001). She was previously married to Peter Sehr.



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