Thursday, August 20, 2009

Celebrites make art: Juliette Binoche

For us the highlight of the recent New Zealand Film Festival was Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon. Haneke also scored for us with Hidden a few festivals back – in fact we like pretty much everything he makes. He also delivers an OTN Celebrity painter in the form of Juliette Binoche. Binoche starred in Hidden with Daniel Auteuil and another extraordinary French actor Maurice Bénichou and it turns out the between takes she keeps herself busy painting portraits of the directors and actors she works with.

OTN US readers, you can catch the Binoche exhibition in New York 10 September to 9 October at the French Consulate and the rest of us can read a Guardian story around the UK exhibition. Art goes to the movies, celebrities make art, art working for France, the first OTN Multitasking Award goes to… (open the envelope) … Juliette Binoche.

Image: Juliette Binoche’s portrait of director Michael Haneke courtesy of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France