Cast & Crew
Stéphanie Chuat & Véronique Reymond – Writers & Directors
Trained as actresses, Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond have been active in theater since the age of fifteen in both Switzerland and France. Besides working with stage and movie directors, they created the Switch Company, writing and performing their own theatre shows. In April 2010, they launched the theatre adaptation of Nancy Huston’s LIGNES DE FAILLE. They took their first steps into film by including video installations into their stage work and have since also co-wrote and directed five short-films and two documentaries together.
The Little Bedroom is their first feature film. Starring French actor Michel Bouquet (85), the movie premiered at the Locarno International film Festival in 2010, where it received a ten-minute standing ovation. The film was the Swiss Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In Switzerland, The Little Bedroom received two Quartz Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film of the Year. The film was released in January 2011 in Switzerland where it was a huge box office success. It has also been released in France and will be out in Germany next fall. Chuat and Reymond currently work on their second feature, Where Dreams Go, and a TV series, Open Book.
Michel Bouquet – "Edmond"
Michel Bouquet is an actor born in Paris in November 1925 to Georges and Marie Bouquet. When he was 7 years old, Michel was sent to a Catholic boarding school where Michel chose to withdraw into himself and dream of exciting, picaresque adventures far away from the school. This approach to life would help him develop his trademark interiorized acting style. Marie Bouquet was a great theatre lover and had the habit of bringing Michel to see operas or great classic plays. He immediately realized that he wanted to be an actor when he saw the legendary Maurice Escande play Louis XV in a stage production of Madame Quinze. In 1943, he surprised Escande at his home and requested an audition. After hearing only a couple lines, Escande realized that the young man standing before him possessed enormous gifts and decided to immediately bring him to one of his classes at the Edouard-VII Theatre.
He later studied at CNSAD (the Paris Conservatoire) alongside legendary actor Gérard Philipe and went on to star in a number of acclaimed plays including Caligula and The Incorruptible. Bouquet would develop a working relationship with Jean Anoulih, appearing in several of his plays. It was an Anoulih penned screenplay that would give Bouquet his first leading role in the Jean Grémillon film Pattes Blanches (1949). Anoulih and Bouquet would continue to collaborate on stage productions through the 1950s.
Bouquet’s role in This Special Friendship (1965) began to signal a new interest in film. He would soon become involved with the French New Wave movement through his work with Claude Chabrol in Le Tigre Se Perfume a la Dynamite, Who’s Got the Black Box?, The Unfaithful Wife and Just Before Nightfall. He also made appearances in the work of Francois Truffaut, including the unforgettable masterpiece that would inspire Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies, The Bride Wore Black (1968). He appeared in Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid, opposite Catherine Deneuve.
After a string of lackluster roles in the 70’s, Bouquet began to focus on television, where he portrayed the artist Rembrandt in the acclaimed La Ronde De Nuit and took a role in Les Nuits Revolutionaries, a miniseries set during the French Revolution. His rendition of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol would earn him a French Emmy Award. He also brought to life the iconic role of Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, which screened as a miniseries and a feature.
His role in Toto The Hero (1991) would earn much acclaim and eventually a European Film Award for Best Actor. While steady work and acclaim continued into the 2000s, he would win the César Award for Best Actor twice, for 2002’s How I Killed My Father and 2006’s The Last Mitterrand. He has also won two Moliere Awards and been nominated six times overall. He was most recently seen tackling the role of Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the film Renoir in 2012 [hyperlink http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2150332/], which screened widely throughout the United States.
Florence Loiret Caille – "Rose"
Daughter of a geologist, Florence Loiret Caille spent her childhood in Indonesia. Returning to France, she took acting classes in a small conservatory, eventually making her first appearance in Only a short film by Erick Zonca.
Caille co-starred in Trouble Every Day, a 2001 French erotic horror film directed by Claire Denis and written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau. It stars Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex Descas. Around the same time, she formed a strong bond with young director Jérôme Bonnell, who would cast Caille in Le Chignon d’Olga in 2002, as well as Waiting for Someone in 2006 and the lead in The Queen of Clubs in 2009. In 2010, she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress for I Loved.
Since filming The Little Bedroom, Caille has also appeared in the comedy, Queen of Montreuil, directed by Sólveig Anspach as well as the revenge drama, Bastards in 2013. She will next be seen in the TV movie Pilules Bleues.
Éric Caravaca – "Marc"
Caravaca studied at the Conservatoire National supérieur d'art dramatique before heading to New York City in 1993, where he attended the Actors Studio for one year. Caravaca’s first major role was on the stage in an acclaimed adaptation of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Amongst his many film roles is C'est Quoi la Vie, directed by François Dupeyron in 1999, which earned him the César Award for Most Promising Actor. He directed his first film Le passager in 2006, in which he also played a role, opposite Julie Depardieu, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.