Charlotte Rampling - Reuters - February 2012
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Charlotte Rampling, who has a worked for decades as a film actress in both France and Britain, will be making her first visit to Israel in April, when she will be the main guest of honor at this year’s festival of French films. The festival will take place at venues around the country from April 5 to 17.

Also here for the festival will be directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, whose film “Intouchables” ‏(“Untouchable”‏), has been the most successful film in France over the past year, with box office sales of 19 million tickets. “Intouchables” will open the festival, which will close with “La Delicatesse,” directed by brothers David and Stephane Foenkinos and based on a bestselling book by David Foenkinos.

Guest of honor Rampling, who is 66, was born in Britain but moved as a child to France. She began her professional career at 17, as a model, but gradually gravitated to film.

She gained public attention through two films in which she played opposite Dirk Bogarde − “The Damned,” in which she played a young wife who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp, and “The Night Porter.”

Rampling will attend the showing here of the documentary, “The Look,” in which she is the subject of the film. Directed by Angelina Maccarone, the film is a biographical study of Rampling as portrayed through conversations that she has with artist friends and associates with whom she has worked. The film was also shown at last year’s Haifa Film Festival.

The festival in Israel will also feature a number of other films in which Rampling has starred.