Isabella Rossellini

Profile

being the face of leading cosmetics brand Lancôme from 1982 until 1996. The daughter of Swedish film diva and Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman and the Italian neo-realist film director Roberto Rossellini, she grew up in Rome and Paris, eventually settling in New York. Working as a translator and American correspondent for the Italian public broadcaster RAI, she made her screen debut in 1976, in Vincente Minelli' A Matter of Time. In 1986 she rose to fame with her depiction of the troubled night club singer Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch's Blue Velvet, which won her an Independent Spirit Award a year later. In 2010, she starred in Saverio Costanzo´s La solitudine dei numeri primi. She made her debut as a screen writer in 2005, with the short film My Father Is 100 Years Old, an ode to her own father. When actor and director Robert Redford asked her to make a series for his Sundance Festival and the online Sundance Channel in 2008, combining her love of animals, environmental activism and her fascination for biology, she came up with Green Porno, a series of short films on the sex life of animals. The series was awarded a Webby in 2009, the success leading to a number of sequels, including Seduce Me (2010), Bon Appetit! (2010) and Mammas (2013), and the spin-off documentary Animals Distract Me (2011). Bestiaire d’amour is Rossellini's second theatre production, following The Stendhal Syndrome in 2004. As well as her creative work, Rossellini is also involved in environmental campaigning and social justice, being a member of the board of the Wildlife Conservation Network and chairman and director of the Howard Gilman Foundation, an organisation which focuses on conservation and the promotion of the arts of photography and dance. In addition, she is involved with The Nature Conservancy and the training of guide dogs and she has been National Ambassador of the United States Fund for UNICEF since 2003. The French writer, director and actor Jean-Claude Carrière (Colombières-sur-Orb, 1931) has been working in various creative capacities for more than fifty years, including writing for film icons such as Jacques Tati, Pierre Etaix and Luis Buñuel, with whom he made six films. Carrière was also involved in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971) and Valmont (1989), Volker Schlöndorff's Die Blechtrommel (1979), Jacques Deray's La Piscine (1969) and Borsalino (1970) and Michael Haneke's recent masterpiece Das Weisse Band (2009). In 1988 he adapted Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being for director Philip Kaufman's film. In the theatre, he has been working closely with the legendary director Peter Brook on various projects over the course of 34 years, including the staging of Persian poet's Farid Al-Din Attar Conference of the Birds (1177) in 1979 and Brook's monumental staging of the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata in 1985. As well as for the big screen and the theatre, Carrière has also written for television, including twelve films for television, three of which, including La Controverse de Valladolid (1992), were awarded with the French prize Sept d'Or. Having made his debut in 1957 with his novel Lézard, Carrière has continued writing fiction throughout his life, as well as opera librettos and song lyrics, his latest novel being Désorde in 2012.