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)
Olivier Assayas (born 25 January 1955) is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic.
Life and career
Assayas was born in Paris, France, the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy (1911–1981). His father was of Italian Jewish origin and his mother was of Protestant Hungarian origin. 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.
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. Venezuelan 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. 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 for Best Supporting Actress for American actress Kristen Stewart.
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."
Narrative 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)
- 1992: Prix Jean Vigo with Paris Awakens
- 2012: Golden Osella with Something in the Air
- 2014: Louis Delluc Prize with "Sils Maria" (Clouds of Sils Maria)
- 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.
- Franck Le Gac, "Olivier Assayas", Senses of Cinema, Issue 39, Great Directors.
- "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. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- "Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 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