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Vincent Lacoste

I love everything, from Alain Chabat to Aki Kaurismäki, from Christophe Honoré to Asia Argento. But I stay as far as possible from films that are affected or take themselves too seriously.

Spearheading the latest generation of actors, behind his apparent nonchalance Vincent Lacoste cultivates a genuine desire for a demanding cinema, beyond the limits of any one genre.

Published on 15/07/2019

2 min

The son of a lawyer and a medical secretary, Vincent Lacoste, born in Paris in 1993, was “not exactly destined for the cinema”. In 2009, at the age of 15, he was chosen by Riad Sattouf to play the protagonist in The French Kissers (“Beaux Gosses”), a racy comedy about the struggles of adolescence.

After that it all happened quickly for Vincent: in 2011 Lacoste was in four films, including Skylab by Julie Delpy. Having never taken an acting class, he has become an “actor'” on film sets, learning directly from filmmakers who believe in his talent.

Thanks to his roles in Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (“Astérix et Obélix : au service de Sa Majesté”)  by Laurent Tirard (2012), Camille Rewinds (“Camille redouble)” by Noémie Lvovsky (2012) and Jacky in the Kingdom of Women (“Jacky au royaume des filles”)  by Riad Sattouf (2014) he is now a true fixture of contemporary French cinema.

After filming a series of comedies in which he stood out thanks to his unusual looks and his outlandish, dreamy, mischievous performances, Vincent Lacoste changed tack in 2014 with Thomas Lilti's Hippocrates (“Hippocrate”). To play this medical intern facing the harsh reality of practising his profession, Vincent Lacoste didn’t hesitate to lay himself bare revealing, his own flaws.


Displaying a natural ease, he works hard to prepare for his roles and is constantly observing and learning from the actors he works with, such as Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde on the sets of Saint Amour (2016). Vincent Lacoste, a subtle actor, is definitely gifted in his ability to "depict heavy depths with a light touch".

Initially typecast in as a comic actor, over time Vincent Lacoste has succeeded in diversifying his roles and not allowing himself to be confined to a single genre.

As such, he has played Rafaël in the socially-engaged film Parisienne (“Peur de rien")  (2015) by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid, and David in the deeply touching Amanda by Mikhaël Hers (2018), presented in the Orizzonti Section at the Venice Festival. These experiments have encouraged him to continue working on demanding, original auteur cinema projects.

No stranger to the Cannes Film Festival — with five of his films having been presented there over the ten years of his career — Vincent dreams of filming with Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki who, according to the actor, “seems austere, but is actually hilarious”.

Amanda de Mikhaël Hers
Amanda by Mikhaël Hers
  • 2009

    2009

    First film role in The French Kissers by Riad Sattouf. Winner of the Prix Lumière for Most Promising Actor

  • 2014

    2014

    Vincent Lacoste films his first dramatic role for Hippocrates by Thomas Lilti.

  • 2016

    2016

    Vincent Lacoste films Parisienne by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid. He also receives the Prix Patrick Dewaere this year.

  • 2019

    2019

    Vincent Lacoste receives the Globe de Cristal for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, for his role in Sorry Angel (“Plaire, aimer et courir vite").

The Institut français and the actor

Two films featuring Vincent Lacoste are distributed internationally by the Institut français: Hippocrates (2014), Victoria (2016).

The Institut français offers a catalogue of over 2,400 titles, allowing the French cultural network and its partners to screen French films around the world.

 

Learn more about the cinema catalogue here.

 

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