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One of the leading filmmakers to emerge from France in the last ten years, MATHIEU KASSOVITZ (Robert) is building his European success into an impressive career in the United States. Having worked with such American stars as Jodie Foster and Nicole Kidman, he directed his first English-language film, Gothika, a supernatural thriller starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penélope Cruz for Warner Bros. Kassovitz will next direct the science fiction thriller Babylon A.D. from his own screenplay for Twentieth Century Fox, Légende Films and his production company, MNP.

Kassovitz was named by Newsweek as one of seven personalities who will shape the future of film. Kassovitz received his greatest critical acclaim as the writer-director of the French drama Hate (La Haine). The film won the Best Director award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival as well as César (French Academy) awards for Best Screenplay and Editing. (Hate was released in the U.S. by Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures through Gramercy Pictures).

After making three short films for Canal Plus, Kassovitz wrote, directed and starred in his first feature, the interracial romantic comedy Café au Lait. He followed that film with Hate and with the provocative Assassin(s), in which he stars with Michel Serrault. In 2000, Kassovitz directed the thriller The Crimson Rivers, starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel. The film was released domestically by TriStar Pictures. As an actor, Kassovitz is best known for his lead role opposite Audrey Tautou in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's international sensation, Amélie.

Early in his acting career, Kassovitz won the Best Young Actor César for his performance in director Jacques Audiard's See How They Fall. He has also appeared in such films as The Fifth Element (Luc Besson), Jakob the Liar (Peter Kassovitz) and opposite Nicole Kidman in Birthday Girl (Jez Butterworth). In 2002, Kassovitz received a Best Actor César nomination for his performance as a conflicted priest in Costa-Gavras' Holocaust drama Amen.

Kassovitz and MNP are currently developing a slate of films in both English and French, which he will either direct or produce.

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