25 January 1955 |
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, film critic|
|Known for||Cold Water, Irma Vep, Clean|
|Spouse(s)||Maggie Cheung (1998-2001)
Mia Hansen-Løve (2009-present)
Life and career
Assayas's father was French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas alias Jacques Rémy (1910–1981) who was of Italian-Jewish origin. Assayas' mother was of Austrian-Hungarian origin. Assayas started his career in the industry by helping him. He ghostwrote episodes for TV shows his father was working on when his health failed.
He made his debut in 1986, after directing some short films and writing for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma.
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 actress-director Mia Hansen-Løve. They met 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".
He directed and co-wrote the acclaimed 2010 French television miniseries Carlos, about the life of the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. The actor Édgar Ramírez won the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2011 for his performance as Carlos.
His 2012 film, Something in the Air, was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. Assayas won the Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice. His 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Style and influences
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."
Fiction feature films
- Disorder (1986)
- Winter's Child (1989)
- Paris Awakens (1991)
- A New Life (1993)
- Cold Water (1994)
- Irma Vep (1996)
- Late August, Early September (1998)
- Sentimental Destinies (2000)
- Demonlover (2002)
- Clean (2004)
- Boarding Gate (2007)
- Summer Hours (2008)
- Carlos (2010)
- Something in the Air (2012)
- Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Fiction short films
- Paris, je t'aime (2006) segment "Quartier des Enfants Rouges"
Documentary feature films
- HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1997)
Documentary short films
- Winston Tong en Studio (1984)
- Chouaki, Yasmine (1 June 2012). "2. Michka Assayas (rediffusion)". RFI. Retrieved 01-10-2012.
- "Michka Assayas Ecrivain et journaliste français". Evene. Retrieved 01-10-2012.
- Franck Le Gac, "Olivier Assayas", Senses of Cinema, Issue 39, Great Directors.
- "Festival de Cannes: Cold Water". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- Morris, Octavia (2010-06-27). "The film that changed my life: Mia Hansen-Løve". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- "The Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
- "Venezia 69". labiennale. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "Rachel Weisz in Talks to Star in Assayas’ ‘Idol’s Eye’". variety.com. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Robert De Niro Joins Robert Pattinson In Olivier Assayas’ Crime Pic ‘Idol’s Eye’". 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- Pinkerton, Nick. "Another interview with Olivier Assayas". Reverse Shot.
- Olivier Assayas at the Internet Movie Database
- Olivier Assayas at AlloCiné (French)
- Interview with Olivier Assayas at IFC.com
- Reverse Shot: Olivier Assayas
- New York Times article on Assayas
- Bringing Down the House: A Conversation with Olivier Assayas, The Notebook, mubi.com
- Olivier Assayas, edited by Kent Jones
- A Post-May Adolescence: Letter to Alice Debord, by Olivier Assayas