Anna Mouglalis

Actress

Revelation Jury President

After first-year preparatory school in the humanities, she turned to acting by enrolling in the National Superior Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where she studied under veteran Daniel Mesguich until 2001. In 2000, she appeared in her second film in Chantal Akerman's The Captive, then in Claude Chabrol's Merci pour le Chocolat, her first substantial role alongside Isabelle Huppert and Jacques Dutronc. Her mysterious and magnetic presence was noticed by other French filmmakers such as Arnaud Desplechin, Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, Philippe Garrel and Samuel Benchetrit. She also drew the attention of Italian filmmakers like Michele Placido, who gave her top billing in the much-talked-about Kings of Crime. In 2014, she portrayed Fanny Targioni-Tozzetti, the poet Giacomo Leopardi's impossible love in the Mario Martone film of that name. Her romantic allure, bearing and charisma make her ideal for bringing iconic figures to life: she became Coco Chanel in Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Juliette Gréco in Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life and Simone de Beauvoir in Ilan Duran Cohen's Les Amants du Flore. She thus was naturally elected “President of the Republic” in the series Baron Noir, before triumphing on stage this year as Miss Julie, the title role in the cult Strindberg play.