Director Biography – Fanny Lecendre (NORTHERN LIGHT)

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Fanny Lecendre was born and raised in Boulogne sur Mer, on the north coast of France to parents who were both teachers. She studied literature at the University of Lille and moved to New York when she was 20 to study filmmaking.

After she graduated from film school in Paris, she also started acting. Her love for acting equals her passion for screenwriting and directing.

Her first short film “The Perfect Day for Bananafish” was nominated in short films festivals around Europe. Fanny Lecendre received a grant at the Cannes Festival to produce her third short film “Northern Light”.

Fanny Lecendre worked as Assistant Director on many feature films in France (she worked with Jacques Audiard on the film “Dheepan” which won the Palmes d’Or in Cannes). She worked on American productions in Paris with great actors such as Natalie Portman, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. She closely worked with Natalie Portman on the films Jackie, Annihilation and Planetarium.

Fanny Lecendre moved to Los Angeles to work with Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Black Swan) on his LA Dance Project. She is pursuing her acting training at the Lee Strasberg Institute in parallel to writing her first feature film.

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