Trained at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de la Rue Blanche in Paris, Marion Sarraut has worked as an actress—notably for François Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer—and contributed to the Cahiers du Cinéma. She subsequently turned to directing variety programs for television, great historical sagas such as The Countess of Charny and The Gerfaut, and over 40 feature films. More recently, she has directed several plays, one of which was nominated for a Molière award.
Seeking to bring her deeply held views on ethics to the fore, Marion Sarraut is a firm supporter and defender of women’s rights, and a staunch opponent of violence against women, writing and directing a film for French TV France 2 entitled A Rape (2009). She has also directed a documentary on The Life and Work of Ostad Elahi (1995) based on a centennial exhibition by the same name at the Sorbonne. The granddaughter of President Albert Sarraut, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1987 and appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur in 2003.