From “My Little Princess” to “The Event”, return on the journey of the revelation of the Golden Lion, Anamaria Vartolomei.
At 22, Anamaria Vartolomei is the headliner of L’Evénement, a film adapted from the book of the same name by Annie Ernaux, telling of a clandestine abortion in the 1960s. The young actress impresses, and has just been named for the Revelations at César 2022. At our microphone, she also confides on the way in which she apprehended her role in The Event.
Back in pictures on some of the times of his already dense career.
My Little Princess, first role at 10 years old
At ten and a half, Anamaria Vartolomei was chosen from among 500 girls for the lead role of My Little Princess. In this autobiographical drama by Eva Ionesco presented at Critics’ Week, the Franco-Romanian embodies a girl used and eroticized by her photographer mother (Isabelle Huppert) to serve her artistic ambitions. An impressive performance which is hailed by the critics.
The Princesses’ Exchange (2017)
Of My little princess to … The Exchange of Princesses! In 2017, she played one of the first roles in the adaptation of Chantal Thomas’ novel, directed by Marc Dugain, an ambitious period film set in the 18th century, where she was partnered with Lambert Wilson and Kacey Mottet Klein that she will find in Just Kids and L’Evenement.
Anamaria Vartolomei then played several secondary roles, in the comedies Jacky in the Kingdom of Girls, and The Ideal by Frédéric Beigbeder. It turns the head of young Samuel Vincent in My Revolution. Finally, she is in the cast of the almost exclusively female cast of Semeur by Marine Francen.
Just Kids (2020)
In 2020, Anamaria Vartolomei participates in the comedy The Good Wife of Martin Provost, with Juliette Binoche, and again gives the answer to Kacey Mottet Klein in the drama Just Kids, which earned her her first name at the César in the Revelation category.
The Event (2021)
In this film adapted from Annie Ernaux’s novel, the actress plays the main role, that of a woman who, in the 1960s, decides to have an illegal abortion to finish her studies. An intense role, which brings him a second name at the Caesar. As she told us in an interview, Anamaria Vartolomei has prepared for a long time, establishing regular contact with her director, Audrey Diwan.
“There was immediately a simplicity and fluidity in the exchange with her. Originally, it was not a casting but a working session, and on this occasion we addressed 3 key scenes of the film. . “
She continues: “She chose me, then there was the confinement. It was very useful to us, because we had two free months to work on the film, to be able to build it, to start drawing it. exchanged film and book references. I immediately felt the click on the phone, we called each other so often. She became a friend quite easily. “
“This upstream work was crucial,” she adds. “On set, we built and deconstructed Anne’s emotional states to reach those emotional pillars. We tried a lot and I was never afraid to suggest or to dare things, to pull each other up “.
Anamaria Vartolomei with Louise Orry-Diquéro, Luàna Bajrami in L’Evénement (2021)
“I discovered Annie Ernaux thanks to L’Evénement, and discovered clandestine abortion thanks to Annie Ernaux,” Anamaria Vartolomei tells us. did not do me elsewhere. And there was the reality which is brutal and insane cruelty.
When I read the book, I immediately felt anger: I said to myself “this girl, she is my age, and unlike me, she has to make choices between her life, her career, her freedom” . I was immediately very indignant about that. I think that fed me a lot “.
The Event, Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, is currently showing.