Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel

Born (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, cinematographer
Years active 1989–present
Partner(s) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2007–2012)
Children 1
Parent(s) Philippe Garrel
Brigitte Sy
Relatives Maurice Garrel (grandfather)
Thierry Garrel (uncle)
Esther Garrel (sister)

Louis Garrel (born 14 June 1983) is a French actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his starring role in The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.[1][2] He regularly appears in films by French director Christophe Honoré, including Ma mère, Dans Paris, Les Chansons d'amour, La Belle Personne and Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser.[3]

Early life

Garrel is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy. His grandfather, Maurice Garrel, and his godfather, Jean-Pierre Léaud, are also notable French actors.[3][4] He is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris.[3]


Garrel was six when he first appeared onscreen, in the film Le baisers de secours.[1] Twelve years later, he appeared in his second film, Ceci est mon corps.

In 2002, Garrel gained international recognition playing Eva Green's twin brother in The Dreamers.[2] Director Bernardo Bertolucci found him on the first session of casting in Paris.[5] Garrel has since starred in various French films, including Les Amants réguliers (2005), directed by his father Philippe Garrel. He was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his work in the film.[1][3]

The youngest Garrel has been exploring his talents: he showcased his singing ability in the Christophe Honoré-directed film Les Chansons d'amour.[6] In 2008, Garrel wrote and directed a short film, Mes copains (My buddies).[3]

Personal life

Aside from his native French, Garrel speaks English and Italian.[3]

Garrel was in a relationship with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi from 2007 to 2012. She is the elder sister of Carla Bruni, the former French First Lady. In 2009 Bruni Tedeschi and Garrel adopted a baby from Senegal, whom they named Céline.[7][8]

Garrel dated French-Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani from 2012 to 2014.

As of April 2015, Garrel is in a relationship with Laetitia Casta.[9]


As actor

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Les Baisers de secours Lo
2001 Ceci est mon corps Antoine
2002 The War in Paris (La Guerre à Paris)
2003 The Dreamers Theo
2004 Ma mère Pierre
2005 Regular Lovers François Dervieux César Award for Most Promising Actor
Etoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer (La révélation masculine)
2006 Dans Paris Jonathan
2006 A Curtain Raiser (Un lever de rideau) Bruno Short film
2007 Love Songs Ismaël Bénoliel Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
2007 Actrices Éric
2008 Choisir d'aimer Pascal
2008 Frontier of the Dawn François
2008 The Beautiful Person Jacques Nemours
2009 Making Plans for Lena Simon
2010 Le Mariage à trois Théo
2010 Heartbeats Guest in the final scene
2010 Diarchy Short film written and directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
2011 The Beloved Clément
2011 La Règle de trois Louis Short film (also as director and screenwriter)
2011 A Burning Hot Summer Frédéric
2012 Les coquillettes Louis Garrel
2013 A Castle in Italy Nathan
2013 Jealousy Louis
2014 Saint Laurent Jacques de Bascher Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 L'Astragale Jacky
2015 In the Shadow of Women Narrator (voice)
2015 Mon roi Solal Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Two Friends Abel Also as director and screenwriter
2016 Planetarium André Korben
2016 From the Land of the Moon André Sauvage
2016 Les Échelles du Levant
2017 Redoubtable Jean-Luc Godard
2017 Ismael's Ghosts

As filmmaker

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2008 Mes copains Yes Yes Short film
2010 Petit Tailleur Yes Yes Short film
Nominated—César Award for Best Short Film
2011 La Règle de trois Yes Yes Short film (also as actor)
2015 Two Friends Yes Yes Also as actor
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Caméra d'Or
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best First Film

Awards and nominations

César Awards

Year Award Film Result
2006 Most Promising Actor[10] Regular Lovers Won
2011 Best Short Film Petit Tailleur Nominated
2015 Best Supporting Actor Saint Laurent Nominated
2016 Best Supporting Actor Mon roi Nominated

Étoiles d'Or

Year Award Film Result
2006 Best Male Newcomer (La révélation masculine) Regular Lovers Won

Lumières Awards

Year Award Film Result
2016 Best First Film Two Friends Nominated

Prix Patrick Dewaere

Year Film Result
2009 N/AWon

Prix Jean Vigo

Year Film Result
2012 La Règle de trois Won


  1. 1 2 3 The Auteurs - Louis Garrel theauteurs.com
  2. 1 2 Rozemeyer, Karl. "Louis Garrel - Better in Threes" Premiere.com. March 21, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Internet Movie Database - Louis Garrel imdb.com
  4. The Auteurs - Philippe Garrel theauteurs.com
  5. Morales, Wilson. "The Dreamers: An Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci", Blackfilm.com. 2004. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  6. Orange, Michelle. "Talking with Christopher Honoré and Louis Garrel", The Village Voice, 18 March 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  7. Boivin, Justine. "Tout oppose les deux sœur", Gala, 14 October 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  8. Allen, Peter. "Carla Bruni 'besotted' after becoming aunt to Senegalese baby... will she adopt one of her own?", Daily Mail, March 20, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  9. "Exclu Public : Laetitia Casta : sa nouvelle love story !". Public. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  10. Académie des César - Site Officiel
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