Annette Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner. She was last seen in A24’s 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (HIFF 2016), directed by Mike Mills, for which she received her eighth Golden Globe nomination, as well as Warren Beatty’s RULES DON’T APPLY. Upcoming for Annette is Paul McGuigan’s FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (HIFF25) with Jamie Bell; Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play THE SEAGULL opposite Saoirse Ronan; Dan Fogelman’s drama LIFE, ITSELF with Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson and Antonio Banderas; and Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut GEORGETOWN, opposite Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave.
Additional film credits include DANNY COLLINS, THE SEARCH, THE FACE OF LOVE, RUBY SPARKS, GIRL MOST LIKELY, GINGER & ROSA, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, MOTHER AND CHILD, BEING JULIA, AMERICAN BEAUTY, IN DREAMS, THE SIEGE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, MARS ATTACKS!, RICHARD III, LOVE AFFAIR, BUGSY, REGARDING HENRY, THE GRIFTERS, GUILTY BY SUSPICION, VALMONT, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, and THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Bening was last seen on stage in Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear. Additional theater credits include Ruth Draper Monologues at Geffen Playhouse, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at Tiffany Theater, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Geffen Playhouse, and Medea at UCLA.
Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in Coastal Disturbances.
Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco until she joined the acting company.
Moderated by Bob Balaban (actor, director, HIFF Board Member)
photo credit: Jon Rou / Loyola Marymount University