Adèle Haenel, France
Jury's comment: Coming from a country renowned for producing great screen actresses, Haenel still stands out as a true original. Whether playing tomboyish, spiky, fragile or misunderstood, she is always daring and hypnotic, vanishing into her characters with unabashed fearlessness.
22-year-old Adèle Haenel made her screen acting debut in 2002 in the lead role of Christophe Ruggia's THE DEVILS. In 2007, she resumed acting and received a César nomination as Best Female Hope for her role in Céline Sciamma's WATER LILIES. After appearing in films during her studies, Adèle finally opted for an acting career from 2010 and made four films in a row, three of which were selected for Cannes 2011: Valérie Mréjen and Bertrand Schefer's IRIS IN BLOOM, Bertrand Bonello's HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, and Jean Jacques Jauffret's HEAT WAVE, while Caroline Deruas' short LES ENFANTS DE LA NUIT won a Silver Leopard in Locarno. She has since worked on Catherine Corsini's TROIS MONDES, Sylvie Verheyde's CONFESSION OF A CHILD OF THE CENTURY and Elie Wajeman's ALYAH.