French diva Fanny Ardant is coming back to Romania as special guest of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) due in Cluj-Napoca during May 25-June 3. Reaching its 17th edition, TIFF is dedicating a special section to the great French actress- Close-up Fanny Ardant- which includes two exceptional cinema performances of those over 100 roles she made throughout her acting and directing career. Fanny Ardant will be awarded the Transilvania Trophy for the entire career at the TIFF closing gala.
Born on May 22 1949, Fanny Ardant grew up in Monaco until the age of 17, then she moved to Aix-en-Provence to pursue her political science studies. In her early twenties her interest turned to acting and in 1974 she made her first appearance on stage. Ardant won the Cesar Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her performance in Pedale Douce.
In 2009, she became a director and screenwriter, with Cendres et sang/Ashes and Blood, included in the official selection at Cannes renowned festival. The script is an adaptation of a story by Ismail Kadare, describing the drama of a woman who is forced to raise her three children by herself after her husband had been assassinated. Co-produced by Libra Film, the movie has been 90% shot in Romania, with Romanian actors starring: Adrian Păduraru, Ion Besoiu, Răzvan Vasilescu, Tudor Istodor and late Olga Tudorache.
In 2010, she directed a short feature, Absent Chimeras (Chimères absentes in French), in which she also stars. She made this short film in order to raise public awareness to the plight of Romania people in Europe, a cause she personally defends.
The other film directed by Ardant was Le divan de Stalin, 2016, an adaptation after Jean-Daniel Baltassant’s homonym novel, focused on the last days of the Soviet leader and the story of a young artist chosen to build a monument in Stalin’s honor.
Fanny Ardant’s latest role on the big screen is the one in Lola Pater (by Nadir Moknèche, 2017), released in Locarno last year, with the French diva playing the role of a transgender who comes to term with his son, whom he had left when he decided to have the sex-change operation.