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Seven of the best film roles of French actor Gaspard Ulliel

The French actor - who has died, aged 37, following a skiing accident - had a successful film and TV career dating back to his childhood. Here is a reminder of some of his best performances in film.

Seven of the best film roles of French actor Gaspard Ulliel
French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who has died following a skiing accident. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP

Tributes have been flooding in for the popular and talented French actor, who has died at the age of just 37 following a skiing accident.

READ ALSO French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies aged 37 in skiing accident

Although his acting career was cut tragically short, he has still starred in some classics of French cinema.

Here are some of his best-known roles.

Les Égarés (Strayed) – 2003

Ulliel was named Best Male Newcomer for his performance as a wild teenager who helps Emmanuel Beart and her young son as they flee Nazi-occupied Paris in this adaptation of Gilles Perrault’s novel Le Garçon aux yeux gris (The Boy with the Grey Eyes)

Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) – 2004

The following year, he won a César for Most Promising Actor for his role in director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s drama telling the story of a young woman’s search for her fiancé, who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I.

He had been nominated for the same award in each of the two previous years – including for Les Égarés.

Hannibal Rising – 2007

His first English-language role is perhaps his best-known among anglophones. Based on the Thomas Harris novel, it reveals Hannibal Lecter’s evolution from vengeful Nazi hunter to cannibalistic serial killer.

Saint Laurent – 2014

Ulliel took the lead role in this 2014 biopic of the fashion designer’s life between 1967 and 1976 – when he was at the peak of his influence on haute couture.

He was nominated for a César – losing out to his opposite number in a rival biopic – and won a Lumières Award for Best Actor.

Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World) – 2016

Two years after he was nominated for a Best Actor César for the first time for his role in Saint Laurent, the actor won the award for his performance in Xavier Dolan’s gut-wrenching-yet-tender drama as a terminally ill writer who returns home to tell his family his days are numbered. The film also won the Grand Prix at Cannes.

Les confins du monde (To the Ends of the World) – 2018

In this drama set during the First Indochina War, Ulliel plays the only survivor of a massacre in which his brother has perished. Blinded by revenge, he rejoins the forces in search of the assassins – but a chance encounter changes everything. 

La vengeance au triple galop – 2021

His most recent performance, as Docteur Danley in this TV movie spoof of the 1980s Australian drama Return to Eden is a bit of a change from his usual fare.

It also stars Audrey Lamy, Marion Cotillard and Alex Lutz – best known as Catherine from the comedy shorts Catherine et Liliane.

He will also feature in the new Marvel series Moon Knight, which is due on the Disney Plus streaming site in March, while director Emily Atef’s life-affirming drama Plus Que Jamais (More Than Ever) is in post-production.

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How to make the most of France’s ‘night of museums’ this weekend

More than 3,000 French museums will stay open long past their bedtimes on Saturday May 14th for the 18th Long Night of Museums.

How to make the most of France's 'night of museums' this weekend

The annual event takes place on the third Saturday in May each year in towns and cities across the whole of Europe. There are temporary exhibitions, themed guided visits, musical entertainment, lectures, concerts, food tasting, historical reconstructions and re-enactments, and film projections. Best news of all, almost everything is free. 

Here’s The Local’s guide to getting the most out of the night:

Plan, plan, then throwaway the plan

Consult the online programme and map out your route. A little preparation will make the night much easier – 3,000 museums will be open long into the night in France, and you don’t want to waste hours standing on a bridge arguing about where to go next. 

The site has suggestions for major cities, including Lyon, Dijon, Bourges, Strasbourg, Lille, Rouen, Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Marseilles. And four museums that have been closed to the public for years – Musée de Cluny in Paris, the Musée de Valenciennes, the Forum antique de Bavay in Nord and the Musée départemental Albert-Khan in Boulogne-Billancourt – are reopening on the night.

So, decide where you’re going beforehand – then feel free to dump your carefully plotted plan in a bin when you overhear someone else talking about this extraordinary thing they have discovered and go with the flow.

Be patient

When you are consulting the official website, try not to scream. You have to navigate a map rather than a traditional programme format – though, at least, this year it’s broken down in to French regions, which is marginally less frustrating.

It is actually much easier if you know the specific museums you are interested in visiting, as they have individual programmes of events. But half the fun of a night like this is visiting somewhere you’ve never been before.

Wear comfortable shoes and travel light

Wear shoes for the long haul rather than the first impression. There will be distances to cover and you might even find yourself dancing in the middle of a museum. 

And blisters are never a good partner with great art. Leave your skateboard and shopping trolley at home, they will just prove a nuisance when you are going through security checks.

Come early – or late – to avoid endless queues

Arriving at the Louvre at 8pm is always going to mean a giant queue. And nothing ruins a night quicker than spending most of it standing in an unmoving line. Try to escape peak times at the major museums – but check they’re not doing something interesting that you don’t want to miss – hip hop dance classes in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, in the Louvre’s Richelieu wing, for example…

Go somewhere you’ve never been to before

Do a lucky dip. Pick somewhere you’ve never heard of and know nothing about. What about the Musée de Valenciennes, which reopens after years of being closed to the public, for example. Its giving visitors the chance to see its fine art under ultraviolet light – which will reveal things you wouldn’t normally see.

Or you could delve deep into the Aude Departmental Archives, in Carcassonne, and discover the amazing life stories of some of the region’s historical figures

Make it social

Gather the troops, this is a night for multi-generations of family and friends. Art, history and culture, is very much a shared experience and you can usually find something that everyone loves – or hates.

Plan a pitstop

You will always need refreshing and wouldn’t a night of culture be wonderfully enhanced by a delicious picnic on the banks of the Seine, if you’re in Paris. 

Your mind will need a little pause from all the intellectual overload. Find a spot, listen to the music (there’s always music from somewhere) and watch the Bateaux Mouches go by as you eat a baguette with some good local cheese and some saucisson.

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