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Daughter of a family of remarkable artists, Laura Smet divides her professional life between her work as an actress and her promising debut as a film director. In her first short film “Thomas”, she expressed several aspects of her sensibility, helped by a magnificent actress – her own mother Nathalie Baye. More recently, she directed for her brother David Hallyday the video clip of the song “Ma Dernière Lettre” where she demonstrated impressive technical control. Sensitive and professional, the film shows very well the character of Laura Smet as she prepares to direct her first long feature.
Born in Paris in November 1947, Patrice Leconte grew up in Tours and studied at the Lycée Descartes. In 1966, he went to Paris to prepare his entry to the Institute des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) where he studied from 1968-1969.
From 1970 to 1975 he worked for the magazine Pilote as script-writer and cartoonist.
In 1975 he directed his first full length film Les Vécés étaient fermés de l’intérieur, starring Coluche and Jean Rochefort.
Since then he has directed more than thirty films, including Les Bronzés, Tandem, Monsieur Hire, Le mari de la coiffeuse, Ridicule, La fille sur le pont, La Veuve de Saint Pierre, L’homme du train, Confidences trop intimes, Mon meilleur ami, Voir la mer, Le Magasin des suicides, Une Promesse and Une heure de tranquillité.
He has also directed several plays, including Ornifle (Jean Anouilh), Grosse Chaleur (Laurent Ruquier), Eloise (Claude Klotz), Correspondance de Groucho Marx (Groucho Marx), Je l’aimais (Anna Gavalda).
And he has written three novels, published by Albin Michel: Les femmes aux cheveux courts (avril 2009), Riva-Bella (février 2011), Le Garçon qui n’existait pas (avril 2013), and a novel by Arthaud: Louis et l’Ubiq (2017).