Actor-writer-director MATHIEU KASSOVITZ (Director) is
one of the leading filmmakers to emerge from France in the last ten years. He is
perhaps best known as the writer/director of the acclaimed French drama Hate
(La Haine), which, in 1995, garnered the French Cesar Awards for Best
Screenplay and Best Editing and won Kassovitz the Best Director prize at the
Cannes Film Festival.
Kassovitz wrote, directed and starred in his first feature
film, CafĂ© Au Lait (Metisse), wrote and directed La Haine
(Hate) and also wrote and directed the provocative Assassin(s), in
which he co-starred with Michel Serrault. His most recent film, The Crimson
Rivers, starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassell, has grossed fifty million
As an actor, Kassovitz has been equally prolific and
successful. He won the Best Young Actor Cesar for his performance in director
Jacques Audiard's Regarde les hommes tomber (See How They Fall).
He also appeared in Audiard's Un heros tres discret (A Self-Made
More recently, he received a Cesar nomination for Best Actor
for his portrayal of a conflicted priest in Costa-Gravas' Holocaust drama Amen.
His other film credits include Luc Besson's The Fifth Element; his
father Peter Kassovitz's Jakob the Liar and Room for Tomorrow,
in which he made his on-screen debut; Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl
opposite Nicole Kidman; and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's international hit Amelie.
Through his production company, MNP, Kassovitz is currently
developing several new projects in both the United States and France, including
the English-language science fiction thriller Babylon Babies, in which he
will direct his frequent collaborator, actor Vincent Cassell.
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