The Mystery of Mélanie Thierry
Whether in film, theater or television, Mélanie Thierry has now for over 20 years distilled her sweet perfume of mystery, that of an unclassifiable actress, one with an acute sense of craft and a career full of side steps, feline leaps and entrechats, of surprises and feints, in France as well as in the United States.
She turned heads in Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1998 film The Legend of 1900, then made her mark in the theater when Jacques Weber cast her in the impressive role of a young schizophrenic in Amanda Sthers’ “Old Blonde Jew.” In 2008, she was the female lead in Mathieu Kassovitz’ blockbuster Babylon A.D., then rejoined Jérôme Salle for an ambitious commercial project, Largo Winch, an adaptation of the Franco-Belgian graphic novel of the same name.
In 2010, she won the César for Most Promising Actress for Philippe Godeau’s One for the Road, then played the haughty and proud lead role in Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier the following year.
André Techiné directed her as a troublemaker in Unforgivable, Stéphane Cazes put her behind bars for Ombline, Stéphanie di Giusto made her into The Dancer. Her career then took her to the United States, where she acted opposite Christoph Waltz in Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem, then Benicio del Toro in Fernando Léon de Aranoa’s film A Perfect Day.
In 2017, Albert Dupontel cast her as the Péricourts’ maid in See You Up There, a major hit with critics and audiences. Emmanuel Finkiel then renewed his loyalty to her from A Decent Man with Memoir of War, in which she portrayed Marguerite Duras with exceptional grace, a performance that earned her a César nomination for Best Actress. In 2020, Spike Lee offered her a lead role in Da 5 Bloods.
Mélanie Thierry has also ventured into series, with as much temerity as talent: we saw her plunge into the hell of Syria in Oded Ruskin’s No Man’s Land, and she was exceptional as a surgeon completely transferring onto her shrink in Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s In Therapy.
Then came a time for musical comedy and fantasy in 2021, when she sang in Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s Tralala.
She was a member of the Revelation Jury for the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival, and this year officiates as president of this jury dedicated to discovery.
Louis Roederer Foundation
The Maison Louis Roederer, an Official Partner of the Deauville American Film Festival since 2016, reinforced its support in 2018 by associating the Louis Roederer Foundation, a major patron of the arts, with the Revelation Prize, which each year recognizes an original work and its promising creator.
“In line with what motivates our Foundation, we were delighted to associate ourselves, six years ago now, with the Revelation Prize. We thus contribute to promoting American independent cinema, while shining a light on young talents who will become the great directors of tomorrow. For this new edition, we are thrilled to collaborate with President Mélanie Thierry and the other members of the 2023 Revelation Jury.”
- Frédéric Rouzaud, President of the Louis Roederer Foundation