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Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
(born 25 January 1955) is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic.


1 Life and career 2 Style and influences 3 Filmography 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Assayas was born in Paris, France, the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy (1911–1981). His father was of Turkish Jewish and Greek Jewish origin who had settled in Italy, whereas his mother was of Protestant Hungarian origin.[1][2][3][4] Assayas started his career in the industry by helping his father. He ghostwrote episodes for TV shows his father was working on when his health failed. In a 2010 interview, Assayas stated that his main political influences when growing up were Guy Debord
Guy Debord
and George Orwell.[5] Speaking of the 1968 May uprising to overthrow General de Gaulle, Assayas in the same interview stated: "I was defined by the politics of May '68, but for me May '68 was an anti-totalitarian uprising. People seemed to forget that at the occupied Odéon theater, you had crossed flags-black and red, and I was on the side of the black element.".[6] He made his debut in 1986, after directing some short films and writing for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma. Assayas's film Cold Water was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.[7] His biggest hit to date has been Irma Vep, starring Hong Kong star Maggie Cheung, which manages to be a tribute both to French director Louis Feuillade
Louis Feuillade
and to Hong Kong cinema. While working at Cahiers du cinéma, Assayas wrote lovingly about European film directors he admires but also about Asian directors. One of his films, HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, is a documentary about Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. He married Hong Kong movie actress Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
in 1998. They divorced in 2001, but their relationship remained amicable, and in 2004 Cheung made her award-winning film Clean with him. He met actress-director Mia Hansen-Løve
Mia Hansen-Løve
when Hansen-Løve, seventeen at the time, starred in Assayas's 1998 feature Late August, Early September, but "[they] didn't get together until [she] was 20".[8] They separated in 2016. He directed and co-wrote the acclaimed 2010 French television miniseries Carlos, about the life of the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez
Édgar Ramírez
won the César Award
César Award
for Most Promising Actor in 2011 for his performance as Carlos. In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[9] His 2012 film, Something in the Air, was selected to compete for the Golden Lion
Golden Lion
at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[10] Assayas won the Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice.[11] His 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria
Clouds of Sils Maria
was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[12] Sils Maria won the Louis Delluc Prize and garnered six César Award nominations including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The film won a César Award
César Award
for Best Supporting Actress for American actress Kristen Stewart.[13][14] In 2016, Assayas won Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival)
for Personal Shopper, which also starred Kristen Stewart.[15] On June 29, 2017, it was announced that Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
would preside over the 2017 70th anniversary Locarno Film Festival.[16] Style and influences[edit] In an interview with Nick Pinkerton of Reverse Shot, Assayas talked about his influences:

That radicality in cinema involved just being outside of the world of modern images, and the key to it was the work of Robert Bresson, who has been by far the most important influence in my work, and intellectually it's been the influence of Guy Debord—basically, you know, it's been Debord-Bresson, Bresson-Debord, the things that've always defined my framework, the way I look at the world.[17]


Year Title Credited as Notes

Director Screenwriter

1978 Nuit féline

Yes Short film

1979 Copyright Yes

Short film

1980 Rectangle - Deux chansons de Jacno Yes

Short film

1980 Scopitone Yes Yes Short film

1982 Étoiles et toiles

Yes TV series documentary

1982 Laissé inachevé à Tokyo Yes Yes Short film

1984 Winston Tong en studio Yes

Short documentary

1985 Rendez-vous


1985 Passage secret


1986 L'Unique


1986 Scene of the Crime


1986 Disorder Yes Yes

1987 Avril brisé


1989 Winter's Child Yes Yes

1990 Filha da Mãe


1991 Paris
Awakens Yes Yes Prix Jean Vigo

1993 A New Life Yes Yes

1994 Cold Water Yes Yes

1994 Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge... Yes Yes TV series

1996 Irma Vep Yes Yes

1997 Cinéma, de notre temps Yes Yes TV series documentary (Episode: HHH - Un portrait de Hou Hsiao-hsien)

1998 Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung Yes

Documentary short

1998 Late August, Early September Yes Yes

1998 Alice and Martin


2000 Sentimental Destinies Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or

2002 Demonlover Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or

2004 Clean Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or

2006 Paris, je t'aime Yes Yes Segment: "Quartier des Enfants Rouges"

2006 Metric

Yes Video documentary (idea)

2006 Noise Yes


2007 Boarding Gate Yes Yes

2007 To Each His Own Cinema Yes Yes Segment: "Recrudescence"

2007 Stockhausen / Preljocaj Dialogue Yes

TV Movie documentary

2008 Eldorado Yes

TV Movie documentary

2008 Summer Hours Yes Yes Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film

2010 Carlos Yes Yes Globes de Cristal Award for Best Television Film or Television Series Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director Satellite Award for Best Miniseries Nominated— César Award
César Award
for Best Director Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

2012 Something in the Air Yes Yes Venice Film Festival- Golden Osella for Best Original Screenplay Venice Film Festival-Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award Nominated—Venice Film Festival-Golden Lion

2014 Clouds of Sils Maria Yes Yes Louis Delluc Prize Nominated— Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
- Palme d'Or Nominated— César Award
César Award
for Best Film Nominated— César Award
César Award
for Best Director Nominated— César Award
César Award
for Best Original Screenplay

2016 Personal Shopper Yes Yes Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
- Best Director

2017 Based on a True Story

Yes Co-written with Roman Polanski

2018 E-Book Yes Yes Associated with Lý Nhã Kỳ[18]


^ " Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
Interview". Outside In Tokyo.  ^ Chouaki, Yasmine (1 June 2012). "2. Michka Assayas (rediffusion)". RFI. Retrieved 1 October 2012.  ^ "Michka Assayas Ecrivain et journaliste français". Evene. Retrieved 1 October 2012.  ^ " Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
• Great Director profile • Senses of Cinema". www.sensesofcinema.com.  ^ White, Rob "Interview with Olivier Assayas" pages 74-77 from Film Quarterly, Volume 64, Issue # 2, Winter 2010 page 75. ^ White, Rob "Interview with Olivier Assayas" pages 74-77 from Film Quarterly, Volume 64, Issue # 2, Winter 2010 page 77. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Cold Water". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 31 August 2009.  ^ Morris, Octavia (27 June 2010). "The film that changed my life: Mia Hansen-Løve". guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 25 September 2010.  ^ "The Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011.  ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  ^ "Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.  ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.  ^ Keslassy, Elsa (16 December 2014). "Olivier Assayas' 'Sils Maria' Wins Louis Delluc Prize".  ^ César Award
César Award
for Best Supporting Actress ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (22 May 2016). "Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Takes Palme D'Or; Director Joins Double-Winners Club – Cannes".  ^ " Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
to Preside Over Locarn Film Festival". 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.  ^ Pinkerton, Nick. "Another interview with Olivier Assayas". Reverse Shot.  ^ Lý Nhã Kỳ
Lý Nhã Kỳ
thân thiết với chồng cũ của Trương Mạn Ngọc Hương Bùi Thứ Ba, ngày 12/12/2017 14:04 PM (GMT+7

Further reading[edit]

Olivier Assayas, A Post-May Adolescence. Letter to Alice Debord, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 17, Vienna: SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, 2012, ISBN 978-3-901644-44-3 Kent Jones (Ed.), Olivier Assayas, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 16, Vienna: SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, 2012, ISBN 978-3-901644-43-6

External links[edit]

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Films directed by Olivier Assayas

Cold Water (1994) Irma Vep
Irma Vep
(1996) Late August, Early September
Late August, Early September
(1998) Sentimental Destinies (2000) Demonlover
(2002) Clean (2004) Boarding Gate
Boarding Gate
(2007) Summer Hours (2008) Carlos (2010) Something in the Air (2012) Clouds of Sils Maria
Clouds of Sils Maria
(2014) Personal Shopper (2016)

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Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Best Director Award

René Clément
René Clément
(1946) René Clément
René Clément
(1949) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
(1951) Christian-Jaque (1952) Jules Dassin
Jules Dassin
/ Sergei Vasilyev
Sergei Vasilyev
(1955) Sergei Yutkevich
Sergei Yutkevich
(1956) Robert Bresson (1957) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1958) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1959) Yuliya Solntseva
Yuliya Solntseva
(1961) Liviu Ciulei (1965) Sergei Yutkevich
Sergei Yutkevich
(1966) Ferenc Kósa
Ferenc Kósa
(1967) Glauber Rocha
Glauber Rocha
/ Vojtěch Jasný
Vojtěch Jasný
(1969) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1970) Miklós Jancsó
Miklós Jancsó
(1972) Michel Brault / Costa-Gavras
(1975) Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola
(1976) Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima
(1978) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1979) Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
(1982) Robert Bresson / Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky
(1983) Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier
(1984) André Téchiné
André Téchiné
(1985) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1986) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1987) Fernando Solanas
Fernando Solanas
(1988) Emir Kusturica
Emir Kusturica
(1989) Pavel Lungin
Pavel Lungin
(1990) Joel Coen (1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1993) Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti
(1994) Mathieu Kassovitz
Mathieu Kassovitz
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Wong Kar-wai
Wong Kar-wai
(1997) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Edward Yang (2000) Joel Coen / David Lynch
David Lynch
(2001) Im Kwon-taek / Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2002) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
(2003) Tony Gatlif
Tony Gatlif
(2004) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2005) Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
(2006) Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
(2007) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(2008) Brillante Mendoza
Brillante Mendoza
(2009) Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
(2010) Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn
(2011) Carlos Reygadas
Carlos Reygadas
(2012) Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante
(2013) Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller
(2014) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(2015) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
/ Cristian Mungiu
Cristian Mungiu
(2016) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director

Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1975) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(1976) Herbert Ross (1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(1985) David Lynch
David Lynch
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1988) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
(1995) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) David Lynch
David Lynch
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
/ David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(2011) Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) George Miller (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
/ Luca Guadagnino
Luca Guadagnino

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Georges Delerue Award

Daniel Schmid (BMD) (1985) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(BUEM) (1985) Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(BOM) (1986) Pirjo Honkasalo
Pirjo Honkasalo
and Pekka Lehto (BAM) (1986) Benoît Lamy
Benoît Lamy
(1987) Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla
(1988) Tôru Takemitsu
Tôru Takemitsu
(1989) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(BUMF) (1989) Michael Kamen
Michael Kamen
(1990) Rachid Bouchareb
Rachid Bouchareb
(1991) David Robbins (1992) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(1993) Frédéric Devreese (1994) Tôn-Thất Tiết (1995) Bruno Coulais
Bruno Coulais
(1996) Vangelis
(1997) Simon Fisher Turner (1998) Rachel Portman (1999) Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Vladimír Godár (2001) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2002) Zygmunt Konieczny
Zygmunt Konieczny
(2003) Miguel Miranda and José Tobar (2004) Stephen Warbeck (2005) Tony Gatlif
Tony Gatlif
and Delphine Mantoulet (2006) Benny Andersson
Benny Andersson
(2007) Tolib Shakhidi
Tolib Shakhidi
(2008) Nathan Larson
Nathan Larson
(2009) Hong-jip Kim (2010) Evgueni and Sacha Galperine (2011) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
(2012) Lim Giong
Lim Giong
(2013) Boris Debackere (2014) Johnnie Burn (2015) Johnny Jewel (2016)

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