Brigitte Sy

Brigitte Sy

Brigitte Sy in 2015
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956
Paris, France
Occupation Film director, actress, screenwriter
Years active 1979–present

Brigitte Sy (born 26 January 1956) is a French actress and filmmaker. Her directorial film debut, Les Mains libres, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim in France.[1][2][3]

Life and career

She is the mother of the actors Louis Garrel and Esther Garrel whom she had with the director Philippe Garrel.[4] In an Arte short film collection about AIDS awareness, she revealed that she has been HIV-positive since 1990, contracted from a partner who previously had a drug addiction.[5] She also addresses the issue in Les mains libres and L'endroit idéal where the protagonist, Barbara (played by Ronit Elkabetz), is HIV-positive.[6]


As actress

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Memoirs of a French Whore Original title: La dérobade
1983 Liberté, la nuit Micheline, Laszlo's wife Philippe Garrel film
1989 Les baisers de secours Jeanne Philippe Garrel film. AKA Emergency Kisses
1991 Cas de divorce Agnès Delsol 1 episode: Saulnier contre Saulnier
1991 J'entends plus la guitare Aline Philippe Garrel film
1991 Meeting Venus French Customs Officer István Szabó film
1997 Généalogies d'un crime Jeanne Raúl Ruiz film
1997 Ma 6-T va crack-er Proviseur Jean-François Richet film
1998 Melody for a Hustler Véronique Original title: Cantique de la racaille
2000 L'amour prisonnier Marlène TV movie
2005 Regular Lovers la mère de François Philippe Garrel film
2006 Déluge Her Mother Short film
2007 L'été indien Alice
2007 Fear(s) of the Dark (voice) Original title: Peur(s) du noir
2008 Choisir d'aimer Isabelle
2008 Versailles Mme Herchel Pierre Schöller film
2008 Ben et Thomas Mme Bouillon, the French teacher 2 episodes
2008 Rien dans les poches Agathe Manikowski TV movie
2013 Ouf Mme Herschel
2014 Wild Life Geneviève
2015 L'Astragale Rita

As filmmaker

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2008 L'Endroit idéal Yes Yes Featurette
2009 Fruits de mer Yes Yes TV short documentary
2010 Les Mains libres Yes Yes
2015 L'Astragale Yes Yes
2015 La Promenade du diable Yes Yes Featurette
2015 Les Ogres Yes

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
Year Title of work Award Category Result
2009 L'Endroit idéal Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
International Istanbul Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
Festival do Rio Best Short Film Nominated
Créteil International Women's Film Festival Best Short Film Won
Lutin Short Film Award Best Fictional Film Nominated


  1. Les mains libres, brillant ! (Studio Ciné Live) L'Express. 15 June 2010. French
  2. Les Mains libres de Brigitte Sy Evene. Retrieved on 29 June. French
  3. La femme et le prisonnier Le Figaro. 16 June 2010. French
  4. Brigitte Sy – Actrice française Evene. Retrieved on 21 July 2010. French
  5. 10 courts contre le Sida – « Fruits de mer » de Brigitte Sy Arte. Retrieved on 21 July. French
  6. "Les Mains libres" : derrière les murs de la prison, Brigitte Sy filme les émotions 15 June 2010. Le Monde. French
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