After studying architecture, Valérie Donzelli begins her career as an actress (with Sandrine Veysset, Thomas Bardinet, Guillaume Nicloux…). Her first short film as filmmaker, Il fait beau dans la plus belle ville du monde, was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2008. She went on directing The Queen of Hearts, her first feature film, presented in Locarno in 2009. Her second feature, Declaration of War, opened the 50th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2011 and became an international hit film. Her third feature film, Hand in Hand, was released in France in December 2012. In 2013, she directed the TV film Que d’amour !, a collaboration with la Comédie Française and Arte, which screened in Locarno. Her fifth feature film, Marguerite & Julien, premiered in the Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.