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Daughter of British actress Jane Birkin and French singer Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte was born in London in 1971 and raised in Paris. She made her musical debut with her father with the duet 'Lemon Incest' at the age of twelve. She is also a César and Cannes Film Festival award-winning acress, considered to be controversial Danish director Lars von Trier's muse after appearing in 'Antichrist' (2009), 'Melancholia' (2012) and 'Nymphomaniac Vol. I. & Vol. II.' (2014).
Bruno Ganz was born in 1941 in Zurich, Switzerland. He made his debut in theatre where he gained his reputation as a solid young actor. He is known as the 'sad-looking leading man of the 'New German Wave'', known for doomed, self-tortured protagonists. Ganz most internationally recognized role was his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the 2004 Oscar nominated 'Downfall'.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930 in Paris. During his student years at the Sorbonne, he met Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut and Jacques Rivette, a group of young filmmakers and critics, and started writing for the legendary film magazine, Cahiers du Cinéma. 'A bout de souffle' (1959) was his first feature, a highly original, spontaneous film shot on a shoe-string, which would later be one of the defining films of the French New Wave.
Jeff Goldblum was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1952. He began his acting career onstage, moving onto the big screen in the mid-1970s, notably having one line in Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’ (1977). His breakthrough role came in 1986 when he starred in David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly.’ Goldblum has also appeared in ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), 'Independence Day' (1996), and ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ (2004).
Exuding cool in the style of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen, Ryan Gosling is an actor-turned-star with an enviable filmography. Originally a child presenter on the Disney channel, then one of the cast of 'Goosebumps' (1996), Gosling's breakthrough as a serious actor came with his startling performance as a Neo-Nazi skinhead with a secret past in the powerful 'The Believer' (2001). He showed he could be a romantic lead in 'The Notebook' (2006) and gave a stunning – and Oscar-nominated – performance as a crack-addicted teacher in 'Half-Nelson' (2006). 'Fracture', 'Lars and the Real Girl' (both 2007) extended his range, while 'Blue Valentine' (2010) made him an indie star. Then came 'Drive' (2011). Oozing just the right amount of cool and looking like the man men wanted to be and women wanted to be with, it propelled him into the A-list. 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (2011) wasn’t crazy, was stupid, but people loved it. He stole all the best scenes in the political thriller 'The Ides of March' (2011), particularly the flirtation bar scene with Evan Rachel Wood. Neither 'The Place Beyond the Pines' (2012) nor 'Only God Forgives' (2013) were as successful as his previous collaborations with their directors ('Drive' & 'Blue Valentine'), but his presence was magnetic – by now he had fully embraced the McQueen-like persona of saying much with very little dialogue. He was clearly having fun making both 'The Big Short' (2015) and 'The Nice Guys' (2016), and 'La La Land' (2016) is likely to be his biggest hit to date.
After a few small roles and a promising lead performance in 'October Sky' (1999), Jake Gyllenhaal took a chance on a young first-time director and his bizarre, off-beat script. 'Donnie Darko' (2001) – which also starred his sister Maggie – gave the young actor cult kudos. He followed it with solid performances in 'Lovely & Amazing' (2001) and 'The Good Girl' (2002). 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) showed he could carry a lead in bigger Hollywood productions, but his Jack Twist in 'Brokeback Mountain' (2005) showed just how compelling he could be. He deserved his BAFTA and although he has been eclipsed by Heath Ledger, his performance is no less impressive. Then came the series of roles that carved out his place as a charismatic leading man: 'Jarhead' (2005), 'Zodiac and Rendition' (both 2007). He didn’t fit in 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' (2010), just as he is fine but surplus to requirements in 'Everest' (2015). He is solid and watchable in 'End of Watch' (2012), 'Prisoners' and 'Enemy' (both 2013), but exceptional in 'Nightcrawler' (2014). His physicality in that film is more impressive than the transformation for 'Southpaw' (2015). He is understated in Tom Ford’s 'Nocturnal Animals'.