Franck Ribière and Anna Mouglalis: “In the end, an actor always has to invent his character in a way”

French genre producer Franck Ribière (“The Oxford Murders,” 2008; “El Niño,’ 2014) recently debuted as film director when he decided to make “La femme la plus assassinée du monde” (a.k.a. “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World”), with French screen star Anna Mouglalis in the title role.

Set against the backdrop of the infamous Parisian Théâtre du Grand Guignol, which opened its doors in 1897 until it finally closed in 1962, “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World” is inspired by the career of iconic Gallic stage actress Paula Maxa (1898-1970) who also made a few silent screen appearances in the 1910s as Mademoiselle Maxa. She was one of the theater’s most prominent leading ladies, known as ‘The Most Assassinated Woman in the World’ as she, during her heyday at the Grand Guignol from 1917 to 1933, is estimated to have died on stage 10,000 times, being graphically slain on stage multiple times a day.

“Dying onstage keeps me alive,” the character of Paula Maxa says in the film, which defines the essence of the Grand Guignol theater movement, known for its amoral, sensational, horrific entertainment, and disturbing violence. The original Théâtre du Grand Guignol building, located on Cité Chaptal, Paris – a small and narrow dead-end street – still exists by the way: it is now the home of the International Visual Theatre.

Both Mr. Ribière and Miss Mouglalis attended the world première of “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World” at the BIFFF (short for Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival) where I met them at a salon in Bozar to talk about this Netflix feature.

Why did you decide to make this film? Was it because of the Grand Guignol that may have interested you, or maybe because of Paula Maxa?

[Franck Ribière] In the beginning I wanted to make a genre film about a subject that once was well-known in France, and this was a project that had never been done before. With Paula Maxa as the central character, I also had the opportunity to make a film about a woman, an actress in the 1920s and 1930s. It was an era when everything was changing – politically, economically, and with the rise of cinema, theaters ran into difficulties. So that’s why I thought it would be an interesting story.

Anna Mouglalis as Paula Maxa in “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.” Photograph: BIFFF

Were you able to do any research, going through journals, archives, diaries, anything that was available about Paula Maxa and the Théâtre du Grand Guignol?

[Anna Mouglalis] I read everything I was able to find, also whatever she wrote herself, both fiction and non-fiction. She was a public figure, and in those days, the audience used to identify her with the characters she played on stage. She wrote articles for Paris Match, she also wrote some bits of her memoirs and there’s a biography written about her, so in those sources we were able to find what the dialogue had to be like that would do her justice, and how she would express herself. Along with the photographs of her, what the theater was like back in that era, that made it very interesting.

You have played Coco Chanel [“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” 2009] and Juliette Gréco [“Gainsbourg: Vie héroïque,” 2010] a number of years ago. What’s the difference for you between playing fictional and non-fictional characters?

[Anna Mouglalis] This is always very interesting. Because I like to do all kinds of research, it fascinates me all the more to do my work as good and as enthusiastically as I can. But in the end, an actor always has to invent his character in a way. Especially since there are no recordings of her, and there’s nothing on film.
[Frank Ribière] We mixed different stories from various sources to show what Grand Guignol really was all about in the limited time frame we had, because it’s always one act, and the tempo is pretty fast.
[Anna Mouglalis] A psychiatrist had studied what fear is really about and how it can be built up in a scene. He found out that the audience wasn’t scared anymore after about fifteen minutes and was no longer upset if what they did on the stage looked real. On top of that, if you want to show in cinema what life in a theater or a stage performance is like – which is what we wanted to do – that can be very tricky.
[Frank Ribière] We didn’t focus on directing what happened on the stage. We were either looking at it from the audience’s point of view, or someone who’s backstage or behind the scenes, but not with what happened on the stage. So basically we showed the Grand Guignol as the audience saw it. We never put the camera on the stage to film the Grand Guignol. We only did so before and after those scenes. The public in the theater was very crucial to us: they saw what happened on the stage and then we also realized the importance of the special effects with all the blood, something they couldn’t see how it was done. But in the meantime we also wanted to show what the audience didn’t see, how those special effects were really done, like with the guillotine, how she then came back on the stage, etc.

The Théâtre du Grand Guignol in Paris. Date unknown.

The way you show the theater in your film, does it resemble the original Théâtre du Grand Guignol?

[Franck Ribière] Not entirely, but it’s pretty close. It was a small theatre, you know, only about three hundred seats. Located in the Quartier Pigalle, with the Montmartre nearby, it also attracted a lot of foreign people from all walks of life who visited Paris in those days.

Did you want to make your film as a historian or as a storyteller?

[Frank Ribière] Not as a historian, even though the history of the theater and the character of Paula Maxa were very important of course, they are the backbone of what we did. But we made a movie, and our ambition was that by the end of the movie, people can say that they have seen a piece of Grand Guignol. The film itself is in fact kind of Grand Guignol, by the end of the movie we’re doing almost anything we want – like Grand Guignol.
[Anna Mouglalis] The deus ex machina…
[Frank Ribière] …the character of Paula manipulates the actors in the film, as well as the audience. She takes the audience in the theater and those who watch the movie with her on her journey.

Is Paula Maxa still known in France?

[Anna Mouglalis] Not on an every day basis, but there are people who still know who she was. People who work in the theater for example, they might still remember her name and her work.
[Franck Ribière] Until the end of her life – she passed away in 1970 – people from all over the world came to visit her. They didn’t have the opportunity to see her on the stage, so they tried to get in touch with her. She also received flowers and all kinds of strange gifts, because she was a Gothic personality in a way.

With each new role you play, is it an enriching experience? Do you learn anything?

[Anna Mouglalis] Every new role is a like new window to the world. Playing the roles that I’m fortunate to play, ranging from vulnerable to heroic women, is very rewarding. And in “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World” I play a stage actress who becomes a character in a film, discovering her own fears and her doubts, that’s very interesting.

Actress Anna Mouglalis and first-time film director Franck Ribière at the BIFFF 2018. Photograph: Leo Verswijver

How did you collaborate on the set? Did you rehearse a lot before you started shooting?

[Frank Ribière] Not really. There was no need to explain the character of Paula who in real life was distant, and at the same time was adored by her audience. When Anna came on the set with her own Paula, it made me a spectator in a way.
[Anna Mouglalis] The cast was very interesting, as there were a few awesome stage actors, such as Michel Fau, André Wilms and Bruno Blairet.
[Franck Ribière] That’s the importance of having good actors who become their characters, and to have actors who all like and respect each other. This was the first feature I directed, and I don’t think we could have done things any better. I am very happy about that, and it’s all because of the wonderful cast I got to work with.

Can you enjoy your films without being too critical about your own performance?

[Anna Mouglalis] I don’t see them all, I miss some of them [laughs]. But I don’t have any problems watching myself on the screen. I look at myself like anyone in the audience does.

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Brussels (Belgium)
April 7, 2018

FILMS

1. FILMS OF FRANCK RIBIÈRE

UN JEU D’ENFANTS, a.k.a. CHILD’S GAME (2001) DIR Laurent Tuel PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière SCR Laurent Tuel, Constance Verluca CAM Denis Rouden ED Andrea Sedlácková MUS Krishna Levy CAST Karin Viard, Charles Berling, Ludivine Sagnier, Camille Vatel, Alexandre Bongibault, Aurélien Recoing, Manuela Gourary

REQUIEM (2001) DIR – SCR Hervé Renoh PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonier ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière CAM Gilles Arnaud ED Jean de Garrigues MUS Jérôme Coullet CAST Patrick Dell’Isola, Moussa Maaskri, Julie-Anne Roth, Jo Prestia, Marc Chapiteau, Jean-Louis Loca

BLOODY MALLORY (2002) DIR Julien Magnat PROD Olivier Delbosc, Eric Jehelmann ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière, Miguel Menéndez de Zubillaga SCR Julien Magnat, Stéphane Kazandjian CAM Sophie Cadet, Nicolas Duchêne, Richard Mercier ED Jean-Denis Buré MUS Kenji Kawai CAST Olivia Bonamy, Andrià Collado, Jeffrey Ribier, Laurent Spielvogel, Valentina Vargas, Julien Boisselier

MALÉFIQUE (2002) DIR Eric Valette PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière SCR Alexandre Charlot, Franck Magnier (idea by François Cognard) CAM Jean-Marc Bouzou ED Luc Golfin MUS Eric Sampieri CAST Gérald Laroche, Philippe Laudenbach, Clovis Cornillac, Dimitri Rataud, Didier Bénureau, Félicia Massoni, Geoffrey Carey

CRIMEN FERPECTO, a.k.a. FERPECT CRIME (2004) DIR Álex de la Iglesia PROD Álex de la Iglesia, Roberto Di Girolamo, Gustavo Ferrada ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière, Jesus Bilbao, Vérane Frédiani SCR Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechavarría CAM José L. Moreno ED Alejandro Lázaro MUS Roque Baños CAST Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Enrique Villén, Luis Varela, Fernando Tejero, Javier Gutiérrez, Kira Miró

THE LAZARUS CHILD (2005) DIR Graham Taekston PROD Bruce Harvey, Ciro Dammicco, Ciro Dammicco CO-EXEC PROD Franck Ribière SCR Ronald Bass CAM Lukas Strebel ED Pamela Power MUS Asher Lenz CAST Andy Garcia, Frances O’Connor, Angela Bassett, Harry Eden, Geraldine McEwan, Daniella Byrne, Christopher Shyer

À L’INTÉRIEUR, a.k.a. INSIDE (2007) DIR Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo CAM Laurent Barès ED Baxter MUS François-Eudes Chanfrault CAST Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot, Nathalie Roussel, François-Régis Marchasson

THE OXFORD MURDERS (2008) DIR Álex de la Iglesia PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Elena Henrique, Gerardo Herrero, Kevin Loader SCR Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechavarría (novel by Guillermo Martínez) CAM Kiko de la Rica ED Alejandro Lázaro MUS Roque Baños CAST Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling, Julie Cox, Jim Carter, Alex Cox, Burn Gorman

AFFAIRE DE FAMILLE, a.k.a. FAMILY VALUES (2008) DIR Claus Drexel PROD Philippe Garrell, Bertrand Méheut CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Claus Drexel, Claude Scasso CAM Antoine Roch ED Simon Jacquet MUS Arnaud de Buchy CAST Miou-Miou, André Dussollier, Hande Kodja, Éric Caravaca, Julien Courbey, Philippe Hérisson

INJU, LA BÊTE DANS L’OMBRE, a.k.a. INJU: THE BEAST IN THE SHADOW (2008) DIR Barbet Schroeder PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Kanjirô Sakura SCR Frédérique Henri [Franck Ribière], Barbet Schroeder, Jean-Armand Bougrelle, Eitan Arrusi (novel by Rampo Edogawa) CAM Luciano Tovoli ED Luc Barnier MUS Jorge Arriagada CAST Benoît Magimel, Lika Minamoto, Shun Sugata, Maurice Bénichou

HUMAINS, a.k.a. HUMANS (2009) DIR Jacques-Olivier Molon, Pierre-Olivier Thevenin PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Silvan Boris Schmid, Dominique Néraud, Frédérique Henri (original story by Silvan Boris Schmid, Dominique Néraud) CAM Aleksander Kaufmann ED Manuela De Sousa MUS Gast Waltzing CAST Sara Forestier, Lorànt Deutsch, Dominique Pinon, Manon Tournier, Élise Otzenberger, Philippe Nahon, Christian Kmiotek, Marc Olinger

CELDA 211, a.k.a. CELL 211 (2009) DIR Daniel Monzón PROD Juan Gordon CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR (adaptation by Daniel Monzón, Jorge Guerricaechavarría; novel by Francisco Pérez Gandul) CAM Carles Gusi ED Cristina Pastor MUS Roque Baños CAST Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón, Carlos Bardem, Marta Etura, Luis Zahera

THELMA, LOUISE ET CHANTAL (2010) DIR – SCR Benoît Pétré PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani CAM Stephan Massis ED Reynald Bertrand MUS Keren Ann CAST Jane Birkin, Caroline Cellier, Catherine Jacob, Thierry Lhermitte, Alysson Paradis, Sébastien Huderdeau, Arié Elmaleh, Micheline Presle, Benoît Pétré

LA MEUTE, a.k.a. THE PACK (2010) DIR – SCR Franck Richard PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani CAM Laurent Barès ED Olivier Gajan CAST Yolande Moreau, Émilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, Philippe Nahon, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ian Fonteyn, Georges Lini

BALABA TRISTE DE TROMPETA, a.k.a. THE LAST CIRCUS (2010) DIR – SCR Álex de la Iglesia PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Gerardo Herrero CAM Kiko de la Rica ED Alejandro Lázaro MUS Roque Baños CAST Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafé, Alejandro Tejerías, Manuel Tejeda

SECUESTRADOS, a.k.a. KIDNAPPED (2010) DIR Miguel Ángel Vivas PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Rafael Endeiza, Mario Forniés, Emma Lustres SCR Miguel Ángel Vivas, Javier García Arredondo CAM Pedro J. Márquez ED José Manuel Jiménez MUS Sergio Moure CAST Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos, Dritan Biba, Martijn Kuiper

LIVIDE, a.k.a. LIVID (2011) DIR – SCR Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani CAM Laurent Barès ED Baxter MUS Raphaël Gesqua CAST Chloé Coulloud, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Marcq, Marue-Claude Pietragalla

LA CHISP DE LA VIDA, a.k.a. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (2011) DIR Álex de la Iglesia CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Randy Feldman (adaptation by Álex de la Iglesia) CAM Kiko de la Rica ED Pablo Blanco MUS Joan Valent CAST José Mota, Salma Hayek, Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo, Fernando Tejero, Manuel Tallafé, Antonio Garrido

MALA, a.k.a. EVIL WOMAN (2013) DIR Israel Adrián Caetano PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Israel Adrián Caetano, Luciana Piantanida, Bruno Hernandez (story by Israel Adrián Caetano) CAM Diego Poleri ED Mario Sandoval CAST Ana Celentano, Brenda Gandini, Julián Krakov, Liz Solari, Maria Duplaa, Rafael Ferro

LAS BRUJAS DE ZUGARRAMURDI, a.k.a. THE WITCHES OF ZUGARRAMURDI and WITCHING AND BURNING (2013) DIR Álex de la Iglesia PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechavarría CAM Kiko de la Rica ED Pablo Blanco MUS Joan Valent CAST Carmen Maura, Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez, Jaime Ordóñez, Gabriel Ángel Delgado

EL NIÑO (2014) DIR Daniel Monzón PROD Ghislain Barrois, Borja Pena, Edmon Roch, Javier Ugarte CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Daniel Monzón, Jorge Guerricaechavarría CAM Carles Gusi ED Cristina Pastor MUS Roque Baños CAST Luis Tosar, Jesús Castro, Eduard Fernández, Sergi López, Bárbara Lennie, Jesús Carroza, Mariam Bachir

MUSARAÑAS, a.k.a. SHREW’S NEST (2014) DIR Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel PROD Álex de la Iglesia, Carolina Bang, Kiko Martínez ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Thierry Chèze SCR Juanfer Andrés, Sofía Cuenca (original idea by Ángel Amorós, Emma Tusell) CAM Ángel Amorós ED Juanfer Andrés MUS Joan Valent CAST Macarena Gómez, Luis Tosar, Hugo Silva, Nadia de Santiago, Gracia Olayo, Lucía González, Carolina Bang, Tomás del Estal

EXTINCTION (2015) DIR Miguel Ángel Vivas PROD Jaume Collet-Serra, Emma Lustres, Brad Luff, Borja Pena, Juan Sola CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani, Gábor Sipos ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière, Charles M. Barsamian SCR Miguel Ángel Vivas, Alberto Marini (novel by Juan de Dios Garduño) CAM Josu Inchaustegui ED Luis de la Madrid, Jordi López MUS Sergio Moure CAST Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan, Clara Lago, Valeria Vereau, Eduardo Fedriani

EL DESCONOCIDO, a.k.a. RETRIBUTION (2015) DIR Dani de la Torre PROD Mercedes Gamero, Borja Pena CO-PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Alberto Marini CAM Josu Inchaustegui ED Jorge Coira MUS Manuel Riveiro CAST Luis Tosar, Gavier Gutiérrez, Elvira Mínguez, Fernando Cayo, Goya Toledo, Paula del Río, Marco Sanz

INSIDE (2016) DIR Miguel Ángel Vivas PROD Adrián Guerra, Núria Valls ASSOC PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani SCR Miguel Ángel Vivas, Manu Díez, Jaume Balagueró (original screenplay by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury) CAM Josu Inchaustegui ED Luis de la Madrid MUS Victor Reyes CAST Rachel Nichols, Laura Harring, Andrea Tivadar, Stany Coppet, Ben Temple, Richard Felix, Craig Stevenson

LA FEMME LE PLUS ASSASSINÉE DU MONDE, a.k.a. THE MOST ASSASSINATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD (2018) DIR Franck Ribière SCR Franck Ribière, David Murdoch, Vérane Frédiani (original idea by David Murdoch, James Charkow) CAM Laurent Barès ED Sébastien Prengère MUS Keren Ann CAST Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Gordon, André Wilms, Sissi Duparc, Constance Dollé, Jean-Michel Balthazar

2. FILMS OF ANNA MOUGLALIS

TERMINALE (1998) DIR Francis Girod PROD Humbert Balsan SCR Francis Girod, Gérard Miller CAM Thierry Jault ED Isabelle Dedieu MUS Laurent Petitgirard CAST Bruno Wolkowitch, Jean-Michel Dupuis, Adrienne Pauly, Eléonore Bernheim, Anna Mouglalis (Claire), Loïc Corbery, Mathieu Crépeau

DE L’HISTOIRE ANCIENNE (2000) DIR Orso Miret PROD Bertrand Gore SCR Orso Miret, Roger Bohbot, Agnès de Sacy CAM Olivier Chambon ED Agnès Bruckert CAST Yann Goven, Olivier Gourmet, Brigitte Catillon, Martine Audrain, Jocelyne Desverchère, Stéphane Bierry, Anna Mouglalis (Nurse)

LA CAPTIVE, a.k.a. THE CAPTIVE (2000) DIR Chantal Akerman PROD Paulo Branco SCR Chantal Akerman, Eric De Kuyper (inspired by ‘La prisonnière’ by Marcel Proust) CAM Sabine Lancelin ED Claire Atherton CAST Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Anna Mouglalis (Isabelle), Bérénice Béjo, Aurore Clément, Olivia Bonamy

MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT (2000) DIR Claude Chabrol PROD Marin Karmitz SCR Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff (novel by Charlotte Armstrong) CAM Renato Berta ED Monique Fardoulis MUS Matthieu Chabrol CAST Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Anna Mouglalis (Jeanne Pollet), Rodolphe Pauly, Brigitte Catillon, Michel Robin, Mathieu Simonet, Lydia Andrei

NOVO (2002) DIR Jean-Pierre Limosin PROD Hengameh Panahi SCR Jean-Pierre Limosin, Christophe Honoré CAM Julien Hirsch ED Christina Otero MUS Zend Avesta, Christophe Minck, Loïc Dury, Mathieu Dury CAST Eduardo Noriega, Anna Mouglalis (Irène), Nathalie Richard, Éric Caravaca, Paz Vega, Lény Bueno, Julie Gayet, Agathe Dronne

LE LOUP DE LA CÔTE OUEST, a.k.a. THE WOLF OF THE WEST COAST (2002) DIR Hugo Santiago PROD Paulo Branco SCR Hugo Santiago, Santiago Amigorena (story ‘Guilt-Edged Blonde’ by Ross Macdonald) CAM Acácio de Almeida ED Stephane Huter CAST James Faulkner, Anna Mouglalis (Mai), Gérard Watkins, Valérie Dréville, Lizzie Brocheré, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Dominique Valadié

LA VIE NOUVELLE, a.k.a. A NEW LIFE (2002) DIR Philippe Grandrieux PROD Pierre Benque, Catherine Jacques, Emmanuel Schlumberger SCR Philippe Grandrieux, Eric Vuillard CAM Stéphane Fontaine ED Françoise Tourmen MUS Étant Donnés CAST Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis (Melania), Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy, Raoul Dantec, Vladimir Zintov, Georgi Kadurin, Simona Huelsemann

EN JOUANT ‘DANS LA COMPAGNIE DES HOMMES’, a.k.a. PLAYING ‘IN THE COMPANY OF MEN’ (2003) DIR Arnaud Desplechin PROD Arnaud Desplechin, Pascal Caucheteux, Gaëlle Bayssière SCR (adaptation by Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Saada, Emmanuel Bourdieu; play by Edward Bond) CAM Stéphane Fontaine ED Laurence Briaud MUS Paul Weller, Krishna Levy CAST Sami Bouajila, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Wladimir Yordanoff, László Szabó, Anna Mouglalis (Ophélie), Bakary Sangaré, Hippolyte Girardot

SOTTO FALSO NOME, a.k.a. STRANGE CRIME and UNDER A FALSE NAME (2004) DIR Roberto Andò PROD Fabrizio Chiesa, Fabrizio Mosca SCR Roberto Andò, Salvatore Marcarelli CAM Maurizio Calvesi ED Claudio Di Mauro MUS Ludovico Einaudi CAST Daniel Auteuil, Greta Scacchi, Anna Mouglalis (Mila / Fabrizio’s Wife), Giorgio Lupano, Magdalena Mielcarz, Michael Lonsdale, Serge Merlin, François Germond

EN ATTENDANT LE DÉLUGE, a.k.a. AFTER WE’RE GONE (2004) DIR – PROD – SCR Damien Odoul CAM Damien Odoul, Patrick Ghiringhelli ED Gwenola Heaulme MUS Jean Holtzmann, Eric Daubresse CAST Pierre Richard, Anna Mouglalis (Milena), Damien Odoul, Eugene Durif, Ingrid Astier, Antoine Lacomblez, Valerie Bert

ALITHINI ZOI, a.k.a. REAL LIFE (2004) DIR Panos H. Koutras PROD Fabrice Coat, Athena Sakellariou SCR Panos H. Koutras, Panagiotis Evangelidis CAM Elias Kostandakopoulos ED Elissavet Chronopoulou MUS Michalis Delta CAST Nikos Kouros, Themis Bazaka, Anna Mouglalis (Joy Martinokosta), Marina Kalogirou, Yiannis Diamantis, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos

TO ONEIRO TOU IKAROU, a.k.a. ICAROS’ DREAM (2005) DIR Costa Natsis PROD Agnès B., Nadja Romain, Despina Mouzaki, Haris Padouvas SCR Costa Natsis, Bruno Herbulot, Suzanne Schiffman CAM Stamatis Giannoulis ED Takis Giannopoulos MUS Petros Loucas Chalkias CAST Anna Mouglalis (Priest’s Wife), Angelia Capoyanni, Nikos Aliagas, Renos Haralambidis, Ersi Malikenzou, Dimitris Kaberidis, Mihalis Giannatos

ROMANZO CRIMINALE (2005) DIR Michele Placido PROD Marco Chimenz, Riccardo Tozzi, Fabio Conversi, Giovanni Stabilini, Terence C. Potter, Jacqueline Quella SCR Michele Placido, Sandro Petraglia, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Stefano Rulli (novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo) CAM Luca Bigazzi ED Esmeralda Calabria MUS Paolo Buonvino CAST Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Mouglalis (Patrizia / Cinzia), Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Stefano Scarmarcio, Jasmine Trinca

MARE NERO, a.k.a. THE DARK SEA (2006) DIR Roberta Torre PROD Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi SCR Roberta Torre, Massimo D’Anolfi CAM Daniele Cipri ED Jacopo Quadri MUS Shigeru Umebayashi CAST Luigi Lo Cascio, Anna Mouglalis (Veronica), Maurizio Donadoni, Massimo Popolizio, Andra Osvárt, Monica Samassa

J’AI TOUJOURS RÊVÉ D’ÊTRE UN GANGSTER, a.k.a. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER (2007) DIR – SCR Samuel Benchetrit PROD Marc Missonier, Olivier Delbosc CAM Pierre Aïm ED Sophie Reine MUS Dimitri Tikovoi CAST Anna Mouglalis (Suzy), Edouard Baer, Jean Rochefort, Laurent Terzieff, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Venantino Vanantini

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY (2009) DIR Jan Kounen PROD Chris Bolzli, Claudie Ossard SCR Chris Greenhalgh (adaptation by Jan Kounen, Carlo De Boutiny; novel by Chris Greenhalgh) CAM David Ungaro ED Anny Danché MUS Gabriel Yared CAST Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis (Coco Chanel), Ekena Morozova, Natacha Lindinger, Grigori Manoukov, Radivoje Bukvic

GAINSBOURG (VIE HÉROÏQUE), a.k.a. GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE (2010) DIR – SCR Joann Sfar PROD Didier Lupfer, Marc Du Pontavice CAM Guillaume Schiffman ED Maryline Monthieux MUS Olivier Daviaud CAST Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis (Juliette Gréco), Mylène Jampanoï, Sara Forestier, Razvan Vasilescu, Claude Chabrol, Yolande Moreau

MAMMUTH (2010) DIR – SCR Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern PROD Jean-Pierre Guérin, Véronique Marchat CAM Hugues Poulain ED Stéphane Elmadjian MUS Gaëtan Roussel CAST Gérard Depardieu, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Miss Ming, Benoît Poelvoorde, Bouli Lanners, Anna Mouglalis (Disabled Woman), Gustave Kervern

CHEZ GINO (2011) DIR Samuel Benchetrit SCR Samuel Benchetrit, Gábor Rassov CAM Guillaume Schiffman ED Sophie Reine MUS Michel Korb CAST José Garcia, Anna Mouglalis (Simone Roma), Samuel Benchetrit, Sergi López, Ben Gazzara, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Martin Jobert

KISS OF THE DAMNED (2012) DIR – SCR Xan Cassavetes PROD Jen Gatien, Alex Orlovsky CAM Tobias Datum ED John F. Lyons, Taylor Gianotas MUS Steven Hufsteter CAST Joséphine de la Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Anna Mouglalis (Xenia), Caitlin Keats, Michael Rapaport

PHOTO (2012) DIR – SCR Carlos Saboga PROD Paulo Branco CAM Mário Barrosso ED Paolo MilHomens CAST Anna Mouglalis (Elisa), Simão Cayatte, Johan Leysen, Didier Sandre, Marisa Paredes

LA JALOUSIE, a.k.a. JEALOUSY (2013) DIR Philippe Garrel PROD Saïd Ben Saïd SCR Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann, Marc Cholodenko, Caroline Deruas-Garrel CAM Willy Kurant ED Yann Dedet MUS Jean-Louis Aubert CAST Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis (Claudia), Rebecca Convenant, Olga Milshtein, Esther Garrel, Arthur Igual

UN VOYAGE, a.k.a. A JOURNEY (2014) DIR – SCR Samuel Benchetrit EXEC PROD Samuel Benchetrit, Alain Bernard CAM Pierre Aïm ED Thomas Fernandez MUS Raphaël Haroche CAST Anna Mouglalis (Mona), Yann Goven, Céline Sallette, Maaike Jansen, François Feroleto, Vincent Deniard, Maria Simmon

IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO, a.k.a. LEOPARDI (2014) DIR Mario Martone PROD Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra SCR Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo CAM Renato Berta ED Jacopo Berta MUS Apparat CAST Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Mouglalis (Fanny Targioni-Tozzetti), Valerio Binasco, Paolo Graziosi

ANNA (2015) DIR – SCR Charles-Olivier Michaud PROD Nicole Robert CAM Jean-François Lord ED Charles-Olivier Michaud, Glenn Berman MUS Michel Corriveau CAST Anna Mouglalis (Anna), Pascale Bussières, Catherine St-Laurent, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Xiao Sun, Fred Nguyen

PLUIE D’ÉTÉ, a.k.a. SUMMER RAIN (2015) DIR – SCR Cyril de Gasperis PROD Cyril de Gasperis, Jean-Christophe Soulageon CAM Sophie Cadet ED Alexandra Melot CAST Anna Mouglalis (Agathe), Olivier Balazuc

SPLIT (2016) DIR – SCR Deborah Kampmeier PROD Deborah Kampmeier, Troy Johanson, John M. Roche, Richard Barbadillo CAM Alison Kelly ED Siobhan Dunne MUS Leslie Graves, Michelangelo Sosnowitz CAST Amy Ferguson, Morgan Spector, Anna Mouglalis (Anja), Fredric Lehne, Raïna von Waldenburg, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Joan MacIntosh, Rutanya Alda

LA FEMME LE PLUS ASSASSINÉE DU MONDE, a.k.a. THE MOST ASSASSINATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD (2018) DIR Franck Ribière SCR Franck Ribière, David Murdoch, Vérane Frédiani (original idea by David Murdoch, James Charkow) CAM Laurent Barès ED Sébastien Prengère MUS Keren Ann CAST Anna Mouglalis (Paula Maxa), Niels Schneider, Eric Gordon, André Wilms, Sissi Duparc, Constance Dollé, Jean-Michel Balthazar

MY LITTLE ONE (2018) DIR Frédéric Choffat, Julie Gilbert PROD Luc Peter, Frédéric Choffat, Anne Dulez, Jessica Huppert Berman SCR Frédéric Choffat, Julie Gilbert, Jihane Chouaib CAM Pietro Zuercher CAST Anna Mouglalis (Jade), Carma Harvey, Mathie Demy, Ruby Matenko, Vincent Bonillo