Abdellatif Kechiche

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Abdellatif Kechiche
Abdellatif Kechiche Cannes 2013.jpg
Kechiche at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Born (1960-12-07) 7 December 1960 (age 54)
Tunis, Tunisia
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1982-present

Abdellatif Kechiche (Arabic: عبد اللطيف كشيش‎, born 7 December 1960) is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire (fr/it/pl) (Blame it on Voltaire), aka Poetical Refugee, which he also wrote. His film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Tunis, he moved with his parents to Nice at the age of six.[1]

He directed Games of Love and Chance, known as L'esquive, which won a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented The Secret of the Grain at the 64th Mostra del Cinema in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize. The film also received the FIPRESCI Prize, the Louis Delluc Prize and the César Awards for Best Film and Best Director.[2]

As an actor, his introduction to most English-speaking audiences was starring as Ashade the taxi driver in the 2005 psychological thriller Sorry, Haters, an "official selection" in both the Toronto and American Film Institute's film festivals.

He was decorated by the Ben Ali regime in 2005 and in 2008.[3]

His 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5][6] Several days later a controversy erupted about Kechiche's work methods; technicians on the film accused him of harassment, unpaid overtime and violations of labour laws.[7] The two main actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, also complained about Kechiche's behaviour during the shooting but later in an extensive interview claimed that although he was difficult to work with it had been worth it as he was a great filmmaker.[8] The film also won Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards in 2013.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 La Faute à Voltaire (fr/it/pl) Director
2003 Games of Love and Chance Director César Award for Best Director
2007 The Secret of the Grain Director César Award for Best Director
Louis Delluc Prize
2010 Black Venus Director
2013 Blue Is the Warmest Colour Director Palme d'Or (shared with Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos)
FIPRESCI Prize (2013 Cannes Film Festival)
Best International Independent Film (2013 British Independent Film Awards)
Louis Delluc Prize



  1. ^ Fiche Allociné sur Abdellatif Kechiche
  2. ^ "The Secret of the Grain". Kaunas International Film Festival. Kaunas International Film Festival. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Quand Abdellatif Kechiche était décoré par Ben Ali, Oumma.com, 28 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blue is the warmest colour team win Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013". RFI. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cannes: 'The Missing Picture' Wins Un Certain Regard Prize". Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Polémique autour du tournage de la «Vie d’Adèle», La Croix, 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ DP/30 @ TIFF '13: Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is The Warmest Color. YouTube (2013-09-13). Retrieved on 2014-05-22.
  9. ^ "Nominations 2013". British Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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