Nicole Garcia is a celebrated French actress, writer and director. She studied drama at the Conservatoire National supérieur d’art dramatique, Paris and, from there went on to study law after several film parts. She won best supporting actress at the César awards for Le cavaleur (1979). She went on to score César best actress nominations for Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980), Les mots pour le dire (1983) and Péril en la demeure (1985). She won best actress at the Montreal World Film Festival for Le 4ème pouvoir (1985). The festival also awarded her best actress for Betty Fisher et autres histoires (2001). Garcia debuted as a writer/director with the short 15 août (1986) that was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes. She was nominated for the Palme d’Or for L’adversaire (2002), Selon Charlie (2006) and Mal de pierres (2016). César nominations continued apace including best first work for Un week-end sur deux (1990), best director and best film for Le fils préféré (1994), best screenplay and director for Place Vendôme (1998), best supporting actress for Betty Fisher et autres histories, and best director, film and adapted screenplay for Mal de pierres.