Legendary actress Nathalie Baye was our Guest of Honor as Marraine (Godmother and Honoree) in 2016.
We paid tribute to her throughout the festival, celebrating her singular presence in the history of French cinema. Nathalie Baye started her artistic career at age 14, when she moved to Monaco to pursue classical dance lessons with Marika Besobrasova. She then spent one year in America before returning to France at age 18, where she was accepted into the Conservatoire of Paris for acting. Baye’s thriving and versatile film career was launched on an international scale with her role in François Truffaut’s Academy-Award winning film, La nuit américaine (Day For Night) in 1973. From Bertrand Tavernier (Une semaine de vacances) to Jean-Luc Godard (Sauve qui peut, Détective) and Steven Spielberg (Catch Me if You Can).
Nathalie Baye has incarnated a dazzling array of characters throughout her five-decade career. Not afraid of playing absurdly comedic roles as in Absolument fabuleux by Gabriel Aghion or tortured ones as in Les Sentiments de Noémie Lvovsky, Nathalie Baye has won numerous awards, including the César for Best Actress (La balance by Bob Swaim and Le Petit lieutenant by Xavier Beauvois) and Best Supporting Actress (Une étrange affaire by Pierre Granier-Deferre and Sauve qui peut by Jean-Luc Godard).
For her brilliance and fearlessness as an artist, we honor her.