Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Janine Piguet is an actress and director from Bern. She grew up in a family of musicians in Arzo on the Italian border, then in Paris and London. She is best known as an actress for her lead role as Bibi in Jean-François Amiguet’s feature film, for which she received several awards in 2022 and 23. She has appeared in a number of feature films before that, including Magga Ettori’s Faeryland, in which she starred alongside Yves Duteil, Plonk et Replonk’s last film in 2021, and shorter appearances in Léa Fazer’s Sasha, J.L. Chautems’ Chroma and Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent. She is also currently appearing in the series I-art (Cannes séries 2021), and in Thierry Pradervand’s film Lost in my heart, in which she plays a melancholic jazz singer.

She trained at Les Enfants Terribles in Paris, then at the European Act program from the RADA and the Actors’ Center in London and lately at the Tankstelle in Berlin. She is particularly fond of Meisner and emotional techniques. Quadrilingual, she performs in theatre and films in German, Swiss-German, French, Italian and English. She regularly sings in films, plays and musicals (DESIREE, September 2023).

PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY

Passionate about theatre and film, I’m lucky enough to work in these fields as an actress, producer and director. I’m a member of the Swiss Film Academy, where I take part in nominations and elections for the Swiss Film Prize, and it’s always a joy to discover the work and talent of my peers. My acting range is vast: from Sleeping Beauty to Gollum, everything is imaginable, except Barbie. I often have the impression that I exist fully between “action” and “cut”, as if the moments on stage or in front of the camera were more intense than the rest. Perhaps time passes more slowly? In my work, I’m whole, flexible and communicative, and I pay a lot of attention to understanding what directors and writers want to convey. As a producer, I like to support films with social themes. As well as film and theatre, I’m interested in music; I play the piano and sing. Biology, and botany in particular, has always had a strong influence on me. I pay close attention to each plant and its relationship with other animals in the streets of the towns I walk through, as well as on my many international trips.

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AWARDS

2023 Best monologue for Ukraine : Janine Piguet actress / director

2023 Best ensemble cast : Berlin Filmhaus, Lonely Wolf fest, Magma film house, Old Boys

2022 Madrid international Film Festival : best actress, Old Boys

2022 Smyrna Film Festival : best actress, Old Boys

2021 Mumbai Film Awards : best actress, Fortissimo

2021 Asti Film Festival : nomination for best actress, Fortissimo

2020 Sweden Film Awards : best actress, Fortissimo

2020 Best Istanbul Film Fest : best female performance, Fortissimo

2020 Soundance international Film Fest : best actress, Fortissimo

2020 Hollywood gold Awards : silver award for best actress, Fortissimo

2020 Best Actor Awards New York : best actress, gold award, Fortissimo

2020 New York Movie Awards : Honorable mention best actress, Fortissimo

2020 Venice Film Awards : honorable mention for best actress Fortissimo

2020 International moving festival, Iran: nomination for best actress, Fortissimo

2019 Nominiert beim Schweizer Filmpreis als Produzentin für Bacha Posh

2017 Best actress am actors awards LA, Jusqu’aux étoiles

Show Reel

Only english showreel

International showreel

Movies

I-art, A. Da Silva

Lost in my Heart, T. Pradervand

Alien

Fortissimo, J. Piguet, French

Lost in my Heart, T. Pradervand, German

the Laywer, Italian

Song the Interphone by C. Julien,
film Lost in my Heart, T. Pradervand

Stage

Van Gogh, Stéphane Albeda

Truth, F. Zeller, Dir. E. Arzoni

Press

Interview Janine Piguet, Old Boys
TV Canal Alpha

Interview : Janine Piguet
New FilmMaker Los Angeles

Interview l’Oubli de l’Ange
Avignon FestiTV

Article le Temps du 23 juin 2021 de l'actrice Janine Piguet dans le cadre du Festival international de films de Fribourg
Article le temps sur Old Boys de Jean-François Amiguet avec l'actrice Janine Piguet
Le Temps du 14 mai 2022 sur le cinéma post #metoo dans lequel l'actrice Janine piguet est interviewée
Article de l'illustré du 4 mai 2022 sur les grands mères dans lequel intervient l'actrice Janine Piguet

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