John Rhys-Davies is one of the most recognizable actors in modern cinema. Although he is best known as Gimli for his role in The Lord of the Rings, or Sallah, Indiana Jones’ comic sidekick, in two of Indianna Jones films, John has been involved in more than 150 television shows and films since the early 1970s. He has built an impressive career on screen, especially for a theatre actor who swore he would never perform in front of a camera. Sent to the Truro School in Cornwall. He was one of the first 107 students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where he founded the Drama Society. After graduating, he worked briefly as a teacher before moving to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, which he left to start working at the Belgrade Coventry Theatre, under the direction of Warren Jenkins. Eleven years of repertoire theatre followed. He has performed in about 90 plays. These include Hamlet, Macbeth and Molière’s Misanthrope. John was 28 years old when he made his first regular television appearance in 1972 in the BBC’s Budgie. In 1975, he joined John Hurt in the distribution of the television program The naked civil servant. Three months later, John teamed up again with Hurt and Patrick Stewart for the unforgettable adaptation of Robert Graves’ Claudius. John’s performance earned him both an Emmy nomination and the attention of directors Blake Edwards and Steven Spielberg. Blake cast him in Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews and James Garner. A few months later, it was Spielberg who made him run in Raiders of the lost ark as Sallah. The film was instantly successful and John’s comic talent made Sallah a favorite of the audience. In 1986, he played the Russian General Pushkin in the first film by Timothy Dalton James Bond, The living daylights. In 1989, John played Joe Gargery in the adaptation of Great Expectations of Dickens by Disney Channel, and returned as Sallah to Indianna Jones and the last crusade. In 1993, he wrote the series The untouchables, based on Brian De Palma’s hit film. In 1995, John returned to American television with Sliders in front of Jerry O’ Connell. After playing with Damon Wayans in The great white hype (1996), John recorded vocal works for the animated films Aladdin and King of the Thieves (1996) and Cats don’t dance (1997). He also has to work for the voices of Animaniacs, Batman the series, Gargoyles, The fantastic four, and The incredible Hulk. In 1999, Peter Jackson gave him the role of the dwarf warrior Gimli, a major figure in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He played this role in The fellowship of the ring (2001), The two towers (2002), The return of the kings (2003). In 2002 he played in Highbinders. In 2005 he played alongside Gérard Butler Game of their lives by Daniel Anspaugh, The Ferryman released in 2007, the thriller of Tristan Lorraine 31 North, 62 East (2009), the Mexican film La leyenda del tesoro (2011), starred opposite Jason Statham in In the name of the King (2011), Saul: the journey to Damascus (2014) for friend and producer Leif Bristow, and the epic revolutionary-themed film Behind the mask (2015). John now has several co-productions and hopes to use the small studio he is building on the Isle of Man for his own projects.
DAt first a pianist, Marthe Villalonga takes the path of comedy. She was noticed as early as 1958 in a hit play La Famille Hernandez by Geneviève Baïlac. After appearing in numerous television series, she landed an important role in Le Clair de terre in 1970. His first public success came with Yves Robert’s films Un éléphant ça trompe énormément and Nous irons tous au paradis. Then she sang Marguerite Narboni in Alexandre Arcady’s Le Coup de sirocco in 1979. She will then triumph over the theatre in Comment devenir une mère juive en dix leçons. On television, the series Maguy will allow him to assert himself in the hearts of the audience. André Téchiné gave her the opportunity to reveal another part of her talent with Ma saison préférée which, in 1993, earned her a nomination for the César of the best actress in a supporting role. In 2003, at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, she received the Golden Nymph award for Best Actress for Denise Chalem’s film Nés de la mère du monde. In 1997, she received the Prix Reconnaissance des cinéphiles in Puget-Théniers for her entire career. In 2015, she starred in the very moving film La Dernière Leçon which won the Audience Award at the 24th French Film Festival in Japan. In recent years she has appeared in Nous York (2012) by Géraldine Nakache, Turf (2012) by Fabien Ontenieniente, Supercondriaque by Danny Boon (2014), more recently she played in Ils sont partout (2016) by Yvan Attal... and she’ll soon be on the billboard of the movie Les Municipaux by Francis Ginibre et Eric Carrière.
Jules began acting at the age of 8 when he landed several important roles in TV movies, including Sans Famille, with Pierre Richard. He made his first feature film at the age of 11, in 2002, in Monsieur Batignole (with Gérard Jugnot). He is then Caesar in Moi César, 10 ans ½, 1m39 in 2003. Then he played in Vipère au poing in 2004 and in Les Aiguilles rouge in 2006. In 2007, he made his first English-language film, Son of Rambow, in London. In 2009, he will performed Pan, in Nicolas Duval’s short film, inspired by Peter Pan by Régis Loisel and future feature film. After Nos Résistances de Romain Cogitore and Mon Père est femme de ménage de Safia Azzedine with François Cluzet, he is in 2013 the main role of the Fils de l’autre. He has also dubbed some fifty foreign films (La Mauvaise éducation, L’Effet papillon, Alpha Dog ou encore Signs) and is one of the three narrators of La Marche de l’Empereur, Oscar for Best Documentary in 2006. Between 2015 and 2016, he directed his first short film Windows, with Sonia Rolland and Antony Sonigo. He’ll be back on the cinema screens again in 2018 in Marie Madeleine by Garth Davis (Lion), alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Tahar Rahim. He is currently in production for his second short film and has just finished writing a full-length feature.
Performer of the role of Marie-Jeanne, Starmania’s automaton waitress, Luc Plamondon’s rock opera and Michel Berger (whose 40th anniversary will be celebrated in 2018), the Quebecois is a loyal member of the Dieppe Canadian Film Festival. The Quebec singer received the knight of the Legion of Honour and commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit for her outstanding service to rural territories.
Since 1974, Claude Duty has produced more than thirty short films in all film genres (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental) at a steady pace. His attachment and knowledge of this format led him to work within Canal+’s Short Programs. In addition, he animates numerous debates and round tables, in particular at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Off Courts festival in Trouville and the Festival of european cinema of the Arcs. In 2002, Claude Duty directed and obtained a public success with his first feature film Filles perdues cheveux gras followed by a second film Bienvenue au gîte. His third feature film Chez nous c’est trois! was released in 2013. He has just finished a new short film for France TV, La musique à l’ eau.
Alexis Desseaux has shot in more than a hundred films, TV movies and short films, while reconciling a rich theatrical activity: more than fifty plays to his credit, on texts by classical and contemporary authors. He has also developed numerous writing and directing projects and is regularly involved in several film festivals by supporting auteur films.