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SHOOTING STARS 2021

Nicolas Maury • Actor

"If you get everything served, then existence is boring"

by Ana Stanic

BERLINALE 2021: The French actor, writer and director tells us about the biggest challenges in his career, and what he would like to do with it in the future

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Born and raised in a small town in Limousin, Nicolas Maury trained at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris. Since then, he has successfully built his acting career with extensive roles on both stage and screen. In the theater, he has worked with renowned directors such as Daniel Mesguich, Robert Cantarella, Florence Giorgetti and Catherine Hiegel. On the film side, he is a devotee of auteur cinema and has been cast in roles by acclaimed directors such as Patrice Chéreau (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train), Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Garrel
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and A Burning Hot Summer [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Garrel
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), Olivier Assayas (Paris je t'aime), Rebecca Zlotowski (Belle Epine [+see also:
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and Planetarium [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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), Valéria Bruni Tedeschi (A Castle in Italy [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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), Riad Sattouf (The French Kissers [+see also:
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and Jacky au royaume des filles [+see also:
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). His leading role in Mikael Buch's burlesque comedy, Let My People Go! [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Maury
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, earned him a César nomination as Most Promising Actor in 2011. His audience breakthrough came with his role in Hervé André-Jezak's series Call My Agent in 2015. He was cast in two films by Yann Gonzalez (You and the Night [+see also:
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and Knife+Heart [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Maury
interview: Yann Gonzalez
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), both of which were subsequently selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and in Pascal Bonitzer's Spellbound [+see also:
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. In 2020, he directed his first feature film, My Best Part [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Maury
interview: Nicolas Maury
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. He also takes on acting duties in a leading role in the film, alongside Nathalie Baye, Jean-Marc Barr and Laurent Capelluto.

Now selected for the 2021 Shooting Stars, the French actor, writer and director tells us about the biggest challenges in his career, and what he would like to do with it in the future (such as wishing to work with directors like Hong Sang-Soo, Michael Haneke, Christian Petzold, Angela Schanelec, Judd Apatow, Noah Baumbach, Andrea Arnold, Hirokazu Kore-eda and more).

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