Oscar Nominee Julie Delpy Talks “The Lesson”

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Julie Delpy has long been respected in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. 

She has become internationally renowned as an actress, director, editor and writer. Since the tender age of 14, Delpy has worked with some of the world’s most esteemed directors, including Jean-Luc Godard for Detective, Agneiszka Holland for Europa Europa, Krzysztof Kieslowski for the trilogy Trois Couleurs, and Jim Jarmusch for Broken Flowers.

As a writer, Delpy co-wrote Before Sunset and Before Midnight which landed her two Oscar nominations and multiple wins for best screenplay. Before Midnight has earned her a Golden Globe and Spirit award nomination for best actress. 

In 2009, Delpy presented The Countess at the Berlinale, which Delpy wrote and directed. She won the director’s prize at San Sebastian film festival for her film Skylab in 2011. Lolo, a French comedy blockbuster was presented at TIFF in 2016, so was her feature My Zoe in 2019. In 2021, Delpy presented the series On The Verge on Canal+ and Netflix.

In 2012, Delpy wrote, directed and starred in 2 Days in New York starring Chris Rock and herself, a follow up to her critically acclaimed 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris

Craving film noir, Delpy stars in “The Lesson” alongside Daryl McCormack and Academy Award nominee Richard E. Grant. 



The film follows Liam (Daryl McCormack), an aspiring and ambitious young writer, eagerly accepts a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renowned author J.M. Sinclair (Richard E. Grant). But soon, Liam realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution. 

Sinclair, his wife Hélène (portrayed by Delpy), and their son Bertie (Stephen McMillan) all guard a dark past, one that threatens Liam’s future as well as their own. As the lines between master and protégé blur, class, ambition, and betrayal become a dangerous combination in this taut noir thriller.

The film is directed by Alice Troughton, produced by Camille Gatin (The Girl with All the Gifts), Cassandra Sigsgaard (Nina Forever), Judy Tossell (The Exception), and Fabien Westerhoff. 

Delivering yet another memorable performance, Delpy continues to challenge herself as a filmmaker.

What’s next for the Oscar nominee? Watch LATF USA’s interview on Youtube

Bleecker Street will release THE LESSON in theaters  July 7, 2023


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