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Continuing with the countdown of our 10 actresses to Watch, on place #5 is none other than Ludivine Sagnier! Another French actor/actress on the countdown!

Born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France on July 3rd 1979, this 30-year-old actress – woah, almost didn’t make it – shot to fame by playing Julie on François Ozon’s Swimming Pool in 2003, but it’s probably most recognized by people in general for playing Tink on P.J. Hogan’s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, alongside Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams and Rachel Hurd-Wood.

Sagnier started out young, when she was about 10 with small roles on films as “the little sister” or “the little girl” and moved on to slightly bigger roles. It was in the year 2000 when she first collaborated on Gouttes d’Eau sur Pierres Brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks), written and directed by François Ozon, and turned herself into his sort of muse as she collaborated with him once again on 8 Femmes (8 Women) in 2002, and finally on Swimming Pool, which was well received by critics and earned awards and nominations in places like the Critics Choice Award (Best Foreign Film), Cannes (Palme d’Or), as well as the César Awards where Sagnier was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and at the European Film Awards where she was nominated for Best Actress.

In 2006, Sagnier was involved on Paris, Je t’Aime participating on the segment by Alfonso Cuaron, alongside Nick Nolte. She followed that up with great work in 2007, including a supporting role on Laurent Tirard’s Molière, as well as a role on Claude Miller’s Un Secret (A Secret) for which she earned her second nomination for Supporting Actress at the César Awards, and Christophe Honoré’s Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs) alongside Louis Garrel and Chiara Mastroianni. Add to that a starring role on La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two), which was well-received in critic circles, and well… we have to admit that has been her most prolific year as an actress.

In 2008, Sagnier participated on l’Instinct de Mort (Killer Instinct) alongside Vincent Cassel and Gérard Depardieu, based on the autobiography by Jacques Mesrine, a French criminal. The film also sprang a follow-up film called l’Ennemi Public No 1 (Public Enemy No 1).

Now in 2010, after having her second child, Sagnier has a few films ready to go. First up, it’s another François Ozon collaboration with Potiche alongside the 20 to Watch fellow Jérémie Renier, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, and Judith Godrèche. Followed by Pieds Nus sur les Limaces (Lily Sometimes) with Diane Kruger, and then Crime d’Amour alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.

So continuing with our list of actors, we move onto #5 with non other than French actor Tahar Rahim. And sorry for the photograph, I couldn’t find any cool photo of him big enough looking towards the camera that I could use, so this will have to do. You have to admit it’s a really stylish shot.

Born in Belfort, France, on July 4th 1981, Rahim is the 28-year-old actor who shot to fame for playing Malik on the critically-acclaimed film Un Prophète (A Prophet). Interestingly enough, this is his first major film role, after having played a “police officer” on the gory À l’Intérieur (Inside) just two years before.

However, after being nominated in the 2010 Rising Star Award at the BAFTA – beaten by Kristen Stewart… Oh, really? – and winning Best Actor at the César Awards (also with a Most Promising Actor win), at the European Film Awards, and the Lumiere Awards… well, we can’t help but wonder!

Rahim’s next project? The Eagle of the Ninth directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, a project which apparently has him with an ancient Gaelic accent?

Well, what can I say? After being able to front a movie like A Prophet, we want to see more. On Eagle of the Ninth, he co-stars alongside the likes of Donald Sutherland and fellow the 20 to Watch Jamie Bell.

Okay, since I have no idea when my computer will be back up, I decided to try to remember all the names that were on my non-back-up list of actors, in order to not delay my choices and ran into more names that are no longer 30. I am pretty sure that I have got all my names down, I just don’t know if I placed them in the correct order… but it will have to do.

So in the #7 position of our list of actresses to watch is none other than Eva Green.

Born in Paris, France on July 5th 1980, this 29-year-old actress shot to stardom by starring on Bernardo Bertolucci’s NC-17 film The Dreamers alongside Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel. However, she’s probably most recognized for playing Bond Girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale with Daniel Craig… or playing witch Serafina Pekkala on the fantasy film The Golden Compass, based from Northern Lights from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.

Green’s Silver Screen career isn’t even over 10 years, but with a start as Bertolucci, we can only expect the best from her, considering she’s stated she has no plans to go to Hollywood to get typecast as a femme fatale, instead she will be searching for the perfect script. Sure that shuts the door from getting exposure, but after working on films like Casino Royale, Kingdom of Hearts by Ridley Scott, and The Golden Compass — that’s like half her filmography — we think she doesn’t need it any more.

A self-confessed nerd — whom we have a weakness for — Green admires Tim Burton, Lars Von Trier, David Lynch, David Fincher, Cate Blanchett, Juliette Binoche and Helena Bonham Carter, so name-dropping doesn’t hurt her a bit. Top that off with a small commercial shooting alongside Wong Kar-Wai, which smells like good opportunity.

She speaks French and English, and is working on perfecting her American accent… and wait for it, she’s also apparently learning Japanese, which you know… would open doors there, since Japan loves anything French. And have I mentioned how exciting the Japanese film industry is? She seems to like intense directors, so could I see an Eva Green collaboration with Tetsuya Nakashima? Please, make that happen.

Sorry, I digress —  What’s next up for her? How about The Last Word directed by David Mackenzie, who also directed Young Adam and Hallam Foe (aka. Mister Foe) alongside Ewan McGregor.

I’m starting out my list this week… with lack of visitor’s response.

No complaining from you then~~~

I’m gonna start out with 5 of the guys, followed by 5 of the girls like last time. Only properly.

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I’m not sure i-sat will be broadcasting the Indie Spirits Live this year, as the schedule says it will air at 11pm, so I literally have no idea. Actually, I think they might be live and they just begin really REALLY late as the email they just sent me says that:

8pm Pacific Time/ 11pm Eastern Time
Hosted by Eddie Izzard

So there you go…

Anyway, I dunno where you can watch the show, but you can check the Live Arrival over at the Spirit Awards Ustream TV Channel. You can even check out the music they will be using~

Here comes the predictions~

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