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SHOOTING STARS 2022

Souheila Yacoub • Actress

"Normally I like to hide myself behind the character but in The Braves it was really my nature"

by Ana Stanic

BERLINALE 2022: The Geneva-born actress talks about her career and her approach to acting, as well as her participation in the recent film The Braves

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Souheila Yacoub was born in Geneva to a Flemish mother and a Tunisian father. She devoted her childhood and adolescence to sports and joined the Swiss National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team as an elite athlete. She attended a theatre and dance school in Geneva, then obtained a scholarship and went to Paris to take part in the “classe libre” at the Cours Florent before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique. Soon, Lebanese-Canadian director Wajdi Mouawad offered her a role in the multi-lingual play, Tous des oiseaux. Souheila charmed the press as well as the public: her career was launched, and the cinema world was quickly very interested in the actress. For her supporting role in Climax [+see also:
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by Gaspar Noé, which premiered in Cannes 2019, she was selected as Revelation for the Académie des César. In 2020, she was cast in The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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by Philippe Garrel which premiered at the Berlinale, and recently in A Brighter Tomorrow [+see also:
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by Yassine Qnia. In 2019, Yacoub appeared for the first time as one of the leads in a high profile drama series Savages [+see also:
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 directed by Rebecca Zlotowski and in 2020 in the Arte/Hulu epic war series No Man's Land directed by Oded Ruskin. The Braves [+see also:
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by Anaïs Volpé, in which Yacoub plays the leading role, and A Brighter Tomorrow, were both screened in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2021. In 2022, she will feature in Cédric Klapisch’s dance-based film En corps and in Alice and Benoît Zeniter’s first feature film Avant l’effondrement.

Now selected for EFP's 2022 Shooting Stars, she talks to us.

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