Mathieu Amalric fresh from Venice

  • Mathieu Amalric fresh from Venice
  • World Movies admin
  • September 29, 2011

Award winning actor, director and French heartthrob, Mathieu Amalric has returned to France fresh from another success at the Venice Film Festival.

His latest film Chicken With Plums was nominated for a Golden Lion, and although it didn’t take out the winners prize, critics and audience alike were delighted with beautiful imagery and a heartfelt story.

Deborah Young, US film critic describes it as “both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colourful fantasy”.

Known for choosing creative and unusual roles, Almalric’s next film will see him play Andre Petrescu, the pastry assassin in an adaptation of Don De Lillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Almaric will star alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche with the film set to be released in early 2012.

If you can’t wait for your Almaric fix, this Saturday World Movies brings you one of his most loved and acclaimed roles in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Amalric plays Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French magazine editor who suffers a massive stroke. He wakes twenty days to find he is completely paralysed, except for the use of his left eye lid. Based on a true story, this remarkable film follows Bauby as he dictates his memoir using only his left eyelid to blink out his memories and take us on a journey through his imagination.

The role won Almaric a Cesar Award for Best Actor in 2008, and the film won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAS, as well as four Oscars nominations.

Don’t miss it on Saturday 1 October 7.40pm on World Movies.

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