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Irène Marie Jacob (born 15 July 1966) is a French-Swiss actress known for her work with Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.[1] She won the 1991 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the Kieślowski film The Double Life of Véronique, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for his 1994 film Three Colors: Red. Her other film appearances include The Secret Garden (1993), Beyond the Clouds (1995), U.S. Marshals (1998), and Eternity (2016).


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
was born in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, a western suburb of Paris.[2] The youngest child with three older brothers, she was raised in a highly educated and intellectual family and environment: her father, Maurice Jacob, was a physicist; her mother, a psychologist; one brother, Francis Jacob, a musician; and two brothers, scientists.[3][4] In 1969, at the age of three, Irène moved with her family to Geneva, Switzerland, where she became interested in the arts.

My family was very shy with feelings and never spoke about them, but we evolved a little bit. I think part of the reason I was attracted to theater was because I wanted to be close to stories because they could help me relate to my family.[5]

Jacob developed an interest in performing after seeing the films of Charlie Chaplin. "They took my heart", she has recalled. "They made me laugh and cry, and that was exactly what I was waiting for in a film: to awaken me to my feelings."[6] She made her stage debut in 1977 at the age of 11. She attended the Geneva
Conservatory of Music and earned a degree in languages (she speaks fluent French, English, German, and Italian).[3] She also studied at the Dramatic Studio in London, England.[7][8] In 1984, she moved to Paris, where she studied acting at the prestigious Rue Blanche (the French national drama academy). Career[edit] In 1987, Jacob returned to Paris, where the 21-year-old drama student obtained her first movie role in the Louis Malle
Louis Malle
film Au revoir, les enfants, playing the part of a piano teacher. She followed her film debut with six additional French movies—mostly minor roles—in four years. In 1991, Polish film director Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski
cast her in the lead role of his film The Double Life of Véronique, the allegorical story of two young women, one in Poland and the other in France, both of whom are played by Jacob. For her performance, Jacob won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.[9] From 1992 to 1993, despite numerous offers from Hollywood that came in the wake of her success—including the lead role in Indecent Proposal—Jacob focused on smaller French films. In 1994, Jacob again earned international acclaim as the protagonist in Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, which received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay. The film was also named Best Film or Best Foreign Film by the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, National Society of Film Critics Awards, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. It received César Award
César Award
nominations for Best Film, Best Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), Best Actress (Irène Jacob), Best Director (Krzysztof Kieślowski), Best Writing (Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz). The New York Times
The New York Times
included the film in its list of "The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made."[3][10]

Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

An introvert by nature, Jacob has the remarkable ability to express the emotional turmoil of her characters with very few words. This was very evident in her performance in Three Colors: Red, the third part of Kieślowski's trilogy. Jacob described her unique experience working with the Polish film director:[11]

The camera was really like a microscope. Krzysztof was always very close and very precise in his directions. It was not something he talked about beforehand; he would only work on the set. He liked to rehearse just before a take, if at all. — Irène Jacob, The Guardian

Her performance in Three Colors: Red gained huge international recognition, bringing many offers from major American motion-picture studios. But again, Jacob retreated from the growing interest and fame and took nine months off, spending most of her time reading Tolstoy, Balzac, Singer, and several autobiographies.[6] From 1995 to 1999, Jacob made a series of American and European films that met with varying degrees of commercial and critical success. In 1995, she appeared in six films, including Victory, with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill; Michelangelo Antonioni's Beyond the Clouds; and Oliver Parker's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello, in which Jacob spoke all of her lines in English for the first time on film.[3] In the following years, she made several moderately successful American films, including Incognito (1997); U.S. Marshals (1998), starring opposite Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
and Tommy Lee Jones; The Big Brass Ring
The Big Brass Ring
(1999), with William Hurt; and History Is Made at Night (1999), with Bill Pullman and Bruno Kirby. Beginning in 2000, Jacob's film career slowed down, and after a series of independent, mostly European films, she revived her theatre career. In 2000, she played the title character in Madame Melville opposite Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin
in London's West End. In 2016 Jacob began appearing as a featured character in Season 3 of the Showtime series The Affair. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1987 Au revoir, les enfants Mlle Davenne English: Goodbye, Children

1988 La Bande des quatre Marine English: The Gang of Four

1989 Erreur de jeunesse Anne

Les Mannequins d'osier Marie

Nick chasseur de têtes

Television program

1990 La Veillée Johanna English: The Van Gogh Wake

1991 Le Secret de Sarah Tombelaine Sarah English: The Secret of Sarah Tombelaine

The Double Life of Véronique Weronika/Véronique French: La Double vie de Véronique Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actress César Award
César Award
Nomination for Best Actress Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress

1992 Le Moulin de Daudet Mme Daudet English: Daudet's Windmill

Enak Lucille Spaakv

1993 Claude Beatrice English: Trusting Beatrice

The Secret Garden Mrs. Lennox/Lilias Craven

Predskazaniye Lyuda English: The Prediction Nika Award Best Actress Nomination

1994 Three Colors: Red Valentine Dussaut French: Trois couleurs: Rouge César Award
César Award
Nomination for Best Actress BAFTA Award Nomination for Best Actress

1995 Victory Alma

Fugueuses Prune English: Runaways

Beyond the Clouds The girl French: Par-delà les nuages

All Men Are Mortal Regina

Faire un film pour moi c'est vivre

Othello Desdemona

1997 Incognito Prof. Marieke van den Broeck

1998 Jack's potes

U.S. Marshals Marie Bineaux

American Cuisine Gabrielle Boyer French: Cuisine américaine

1999 Cuisine chinoise Patricia

The Big Brass Ring Cela Brandini

My Life So Far Aunt Heloise

History Is Made at Night Natasha Scriabina/Anna Belinka Also known as Spy Games

2000 L'Affaire Marcorelle Agneska English: The Marcorelle Affair

2001 Letter from an Unknown Woman Rose French: Lettre d'une inconnue Television film

Londinium Fiona Delgrazia English: Fourplay

2002 Mille millièmes Julie The Landlords

2003 La Légende de Parva Voice of La mère de Parva

Nés de la mère du monde Clara Sidowski Television film

2004 The Pornographer: A Love Story

Automne Michelle English: Autumn

Battle of the Brave
Battle of the Brave
(Nouvelle-France) Angélique de Roquebrune

2006 The Education of Fairies Ingrid

2007 The Inner Life of Martin Frost Claire Martin

Fallen Heroes Anne

2008 The Dust of Time Eleni Directed by Theo Angelopoulos

2009 The French Kissers Aurore's mother French: La mère d'Aurore

2010 Rio Sex Comedy Irène

2014 L'Art de la fugue Mathilde

Dying of the Light Michelle Zuberain

Salaud, on t'aime Printemps Kaminsky

2015 Ella Maillart
Ella Maillart
- Double Journey Ella Maillart voice over


2016 The Collection Marianne

Eternity Gabrielle's mother

The Affair Juliette Le Gall

Capitaine Marleau Sister Maryse TV Series (1 Episode)


1991 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for The Double Life of Véronique 1992 César Award
César Award
Nomination for Best Actress for The Double Life of Véronique 1993 Sant Jordi Best Foreign Actress Award for The Double Life of Véronique 1994 Nika Award Best Actress Nomination for Predskazaniye 1995 César Award
César Award
Nomination for Best Actress for Three Colors: Red 1995 BAFTA Award Nomination for Best Actress for Three Colors: Red 2002 Camerimage
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski


^ Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
at AllMovie ^ Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
on IMDb ^ a b c d Flint ^ Biography Base. "Irene Jacob Biography." Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ McKenna, Kristine. "A Face That Tells the Story." Los Angeles Times, 1994. ^ a b McKenna ^ Yahoo Movies. "Irene Jacob Biography." Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ Net Glimpse. "Irene Jacob Biography." Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ Biography Base. "Irene Jacob Biography" Retrieved on 13 December 2007. ^ Biography Base ^ Akin Ojumu (14 May 2000). "From arthouse to funhouse". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-09-15.  ^ " Camerimage
2002". Archived from Camerimage
the original Check url= value (help) on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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