A look back over the career of Guillaume Gallienne, a jack-of-all-trades

Actor and sociétaire of the famous French theatre company, La Comédie Française, Guillaume Gallienne has become a household name thanks to his micro-series on Canal Plus called Les Bonus de Guillaume, an wacky parody made up of 100 one-minute episodes, in which Gallienne takes a humorous look at the cinema world.

In Me, Myself and Mum, which hit French screens in November 2013, Gallienne showed off the full extent of his talent with this exceedingly well-acclaimed film, both by critics (having received no fewer than ten awards) and by the public (registering close to 3 million admissions in France). A real jack-of-all-trades, Gallienne wore the caps of director, scriptwriter and actor, portraying both himself…and his mother! This not-to-be-missed atypical comedy is gearing up to cross international borders on VoD from 11 July as part of our Premium Films collection.

We take a look back at the major cinematographic milestones in this atypical actor’s career:

Ensemble, nous allons vivre une très, très grande histoire d’amour… by Pascal Thomas (2010, France)

A zany comedy starring Marina Hands and Julien Doré (seen in Pop Redemption, available on VoD as part of our Comedies collection) with support from Guillaume Gallienne, the film follows the romantic relationship between Dorothée and Nicolas. Their love-at-first-sight experience leads them to believe that they will live out a “truly great love story”…but nothing goes according to their plan.

Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia by Laurent Tirard (2012, France)

In the fourth instalment in the comic book saga created by Uderzo and Goscinny, the Gallic heroes are off to the Great Britain for all-new adventures. This large-budget comedy includes five French stars in its cast: Gallienne, in the role of Jolitorax, alongside Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Lucchini and Dany Boon.

Yves Saint Laurent de Jalil Lespert (2014, France)

Discovered at the Berlinale in 2014 and awarded at the 2015 César Awards, Yves Saint-Laurent looks at some of the years in the life of Saint-Laurent (Pierre Niney), from when the famous French designer took over Christian Dior’s fashion house, to when he set up his own business. Playing the role of businessman Pierre Bergé, Saint-Laurent’s partner, Gallienne “exceeds expectations” according to Cineuropa.

Down by Love by Pierre Godeau (2016, France)

Down by Love follows the story of Jean (Gallienne), a prison warden having a forbidden and passionate love affair with one of his inmates, Anna (Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Colour). Inspired by a true story recounted in Florent Gonçalves novel Défense d’aimer, the film was released in France in March 2016.

Cézanne et moi by Danièle Thompson (2016, France)

There are still more than two months left in the wait to see French director Danilèle Thompson’s (Orchestra Seats, Le code a changé) Cézanne et moi, which follows the friendship between the painter Paul Cézanne (Gallienne) and the writer Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet) from their departure from Aix-en-Provence til their arrival in Paris, and this film is one to follow attentively!

07 July 2016, by Cineuropa