French Female Directors

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Agnes Varda
(Filmmaker and Pioneer of French New Wave Film Movement of the 1950s and 1960s)
Agnes Varda
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Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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Anna Karina
(Danish-French Actress Best Known for Her Work With 'French New-Wave' Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard)
Anna Karina
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Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

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Maiwenn
(Known for Her Screenwriting and Directorial Work on Polisse (2011), Pardonnez-Moi (2006))
Maiwenn
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France

Pressured by her mother, actress-cum-filmmaker Maiwenn began her acting career at a very tender age, making her mark with the role of Elle, as a child, in One Deadly Summer. Continuing to perform, she took a hiatus after her marriage, eventually returning to acting, starring in movies like High Tension before venturing into film-direction; she quickly achieved international recognition with Polisse

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Ariane Labed
(Greek-Born French Actor and Director)
Ariane Labed
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Greek-born French actor and director Ariane Labed is best known for her Volpi Cup-winning debut role in Attenberg. She initially co-created the Vasistas theater troupe and was associated with the National Theater of Greece. She later won the Locarno, César, and Lumières awards for her performance in Fidelio: Alice's Odyssey.

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Claire Denis
(French Filmmaker Best Known for Her Film 'Beau Travail')
Claire Denis
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Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Claire Denis is a French filmmaker and writer. She is best known for her 1999 film Beau Travail, which is often counted among the greatest movies of the 1990s. She is also known for directing the 2022 romantic drama film Both Sides of the Blade, which earned her the prestigious Silver Bear Award for Best Director.

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Laëtitia Eïdo
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France
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Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums')
Marjane Satrapi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

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Julia Ducournau
(Director)
Julia Ducournau
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Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Céline Sciamma
(Filmmaker)
Céline Sciamma
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Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontoise, France
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Judith Godrèche
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Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Eva Ionesco
(Actress known for her roles in 70's films like The Tenant and Maladoles, Director of My Little Princess)
Eva Ionesco
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Birthdate: July 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Catherine Breillat
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Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France
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Fanny Ardant
(Actress)
Fanny Ardant
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Birthdate: March 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saumur, France
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Delphine Seyrig
(Actress and Film-Director Known for Her Role 'Colette de Montpellier' in Film ‘The Day of the Jackal’)
Delphine Seyrig
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Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: October 15, 1990

Lebanese-born-French actress and film-director Delphine Seyrig played diverse roles in films and stage works. She garnered international recognition performing in the film Last Year at Marienbad and bolstered her career with other films like The Day of the Jackal and Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour. A prominent feminist-figure in France, Seyrig also directed films like Sois belle et tais-toi.   

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Arielle Dombasle
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Birthdate: April 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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Alice Guy-Blaché
(Film director)
Alice Guy-Blaché
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Birthdate: July 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: March 24, 1968
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Aure Atika
(Actress)
Aure Atika
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Birthdate: July 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monte Estoril, Portugal
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Fanny Sidney
(Actress)
Fanny Sidney
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Birthdate: April 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Mati Diop
(Actress)
Mati Diop
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Birthdate: June 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Farida Khelfa
(Filmmaker)
Farida Khelfa
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Birthdate: May 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Mia Hansen-Love
(Director)
Mia Hansen-Love
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Birthdate: February 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Virginie Despentes
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Birthdate: June 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France
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Alexandra Cousteau
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Ovidie
(French Actress, Producer, Director, Writer, Journalist, and Former Porn Actress)
Ovidie
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Birthdate: August 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lille, France

Ovidie is a French actress, producer, director, writer, journalist, and former porn actress. She achieved popularity as a porn actress before showcasing her directorial skills by directing documentaries and pornographic films. Ovidie has won several awards, such as the Hot d'Or Award, Ninfa Award, and Feminist Porn Award. She has also written several books.

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Lucile Hadžihalilović
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Birthdate: May 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Luàna Bajrami
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Birthdate: March 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kosovo
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Isabelle Nanty
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Birthdate: January 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Verdun, France
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Celine Cousteau
(Public Figure and Socio-Environmental Advocate)
Celine Cousteau
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Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

Celine Cousteau is a public figure and socio-environmental advocate. She is renowned for her work as an explorer, documentary filmmaker, artist, public speaker, designer, and brand ambassador. Céline Cousteau is credited with founding CauseCentric Productions, which produces multi-media content.

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Deniz Gamze Erguven
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Birthdate: June 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
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Marie-France Pisier
(She appeared in numerous films of the French New Wave and twice earned the national César Award for Best Supporting Actress.)
Marie-France Pisier
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Birthdate: May 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalat, Vietnam
Died: April 24, 2011
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Hafsia Herzi
(Actress)
Hafsia Herzi
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Birthdate: January 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manosque, France
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Lilyan Chauvin
(French-American Actress, Director, Television Host)
Lilyan Chauvin
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Birthdate: August 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 26, 2008

Lilyan Chauvin was a French-American actress, director, television host, acting teacher, and writer. She started her career as a radio and stage performer in England before pursuing film acting career in the USA. She then established herself as a popular film and TV actress. Lilyan Chauvin started teaching later in her life at prestigious institutions like UCLA.

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Sylvie Testud
(Actress)
Sylvie Testud
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Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Isild Le Besco
(Lumières Award-Winning French Actor and Filmmaker)
Isild Le Besco
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Birthdate: November 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actor and filmmaker Isild Le Besco is best known for films such as Sade and Girls Can’t Swim. The third child of actor, journalist, and director Catherine Belkhodja, she has also been part of short films such as Cinematon. Her performance in Sade earned her a Lumières Award.

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Nicole Garcia
(Actress)
Nicole Garcia
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Birthdate: April 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
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Anne Fontaine
(Film director)
Anne Fontaine
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Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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Musidora
(Actress)
Musidora
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Birthdate: February 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11, 1957
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Emmanuelle Bercot
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Birthdate: November 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Brigitte Sy
(Actress)
Brigitte Sy
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Birthdate: January 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Maïmouna Doucouré
(Film director)
Maïmouna Doucouré
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Cécile Aubry
(Actress)
Cécile Aubry
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Birthdate: August 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 19, 2010
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Agnès Jaoui
(Actress)
Agnès Jaoui
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Birthdate: October 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Antony, France
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Anne Le Ny
(Actress)
Anne Le Ny
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Birthdate: December 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
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Géraldine Martineau
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Nantes, France
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Sara Forestier
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Birthdate: October 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Yaël Boon
(French–Swiss Actress, Screenwriter, Film Producer, and Director)
Yaël Boon
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Birthdate: June 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yaël Boon is a French–Swiss actress, screenwriter, film producer, and director. She is best known for appearing in several popular French language films, such as Supercondriaque and Welcome to the Sticks. In 2010, Yaël Boon also achieved popularity as a writer for her work in the Franco-Belgian comedy film Nothing to Declare.

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Sabine Azéma
(Actress)
Sabine Azéma
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Birthdate: September 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Marilou Berry
(Actress)
Marilou Berry
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Birthdate: February 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Marianne Denicourt
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Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Rebecca Zlotowski
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Birthdate: April 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France