Coline Serreau is a French actor, director, scriptwriter and composer.
She was brought up in an artistic world from a very young age with a writer for a mother and a director for a father.
Coline Serreau studied the arts and musicology at the Conservatoire de Paris and the organ at the Schola Cantorum. In addition, she regularly attended the Annie Fratellini circus school to study trapeze. She studied drama at the Centre de la Rue Blanche and was an intern at the Comédie Française. She performed Pirandello, Shakespeare and Brecht, and also collaborated with Romain Bouteille and Coluche.
She wrote her first script at 22 years old, and turned towards writing and stage direction for cinema and theatre.
She shot her first film "Mais qu’est-ce qu’elles veulent" in 1975. She won critical acclaim with her second film "Pourquoi pas", which brought together Sami Frey, Mario Gonzales and Christine Murillo. After “Qu’est-ce qu’on attend pour être heureux”, she shot “Three men and a cradle (Trois hommes et un couffin)”. With three César awards and more than 12 million spectators, this film, which was nominated for an Oscar, is one of the most successful French films by number of spectators. She then directed “Mama, There's A Man in Your Bed (Romuald et Juliette)”, “La Crise” (César award for best screenplay), “La Belle Verte”, “Chaos “(one César award), “18 ans après”, “Saint-Jacques… La Mecque”, “Solutions locales pour un désordre global”, “Tout est permis”, “Couleur locale” and “Pierre Brossolette”. She also directed films to campaign against anti-personnel mines and for Amnesty International.
She has also performed in a number of theatre productions which she wrote herself: “Lapin Lapin”, “Quisaitout et Grobêta” (five Molière awards) and “Le Salon d’été”.
She also performed, amongst others, in Benno Besson's staging of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” by Bertolt Brecht and as Arnolphe in Molière's "The School for Wives", a play which she directed at the Théâtre de la Madeleine in Paris.
She has also staged Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" (which ran for ten years), Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" and Jules Massenet's "Manon" at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
She composed the music for some of her films and for ten years has been conducting the Chorale du Delta choir which gives around 70 concerts per year in Paris, across France and abroad.
The 2017 Jury
- Coline SERREAU, President of the Jury
- Chantal COLLEU-DUMOND, Director of the Domaine and International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire
- Olivier BEDOUELLE, Member of the UNEP National Office – landscape businesses
- Bénédicte BOUDASSOU, Journalist
- Richard CAYEUX, Iris breeder
- Marc CLARAMUNT, Director of the Blois School of Landscape
- Soazig DEFAULT, Journalist-landscape architect
- Ariane DELILEZ, Secretary-General of the French Landscape Federation
- Jean-Marc DIMANCHE, Artistic consultant
- Hélène and Patrice FUSTIER, Founders of the Journées des Plantes de Courson
- Michèle GUILLOT, President of the UNEP Centre Limousin Region (UNEP, National Office – landscape businesses)
- Jean-Pierre LE DANTEC, Historian, writer, engineer and former director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris - La Villette
- Sylvie LIGNY, Journalist
- Dominique MASSON, Consultant for gardens and landscape at the Centre Region Directorate for Cultural Affairs
- Patrick MIOULANE, Gardening columnist
- Didier WILLERY, Author, editorial manager, journalist and botanical consultant
- Bernard CHAPUIS, Landscape architect, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire