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Amira Casar at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
1 May 1971 |
Amira Casar (born 1 May 1971) is an actress who grew up in England, Ireland, and France. She has appeared in more than 50 films since 1989.
Early life and personal life
Amira is the daughter of a Kurdish father and a Russian opera singer. She was born in England and subsequently raised in England, Ireland and France. She studied drama at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique de Paris. She is fluent in both English and French and has worked in German, Italian and Spanish.
Casar has worked in films and in the theatre internationally and on both sides of the Channel, favouring strong independent projects.
Some of her film and Television work includes (selected filmography): La Vérité si je mens 1 & 2 (Cesar nomination as Best Young Actress) in 1997 and 2000. In 2000 Comment J'ai Tué Mon Père by Anne Fontaine. Carlos Saura's Bunuel y la Messa Del Rei Salomon in 2001. David More's Forty for Channel 4 in 2002 and Filles Perdues Cheveux Gras (Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique). Sylvia by Christine Jeffs with Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig in 2003. Catherine Breillat's avant-garde international release Anatomy of Hell (Toronto Film Festival) in 2004. In 2005, she appeared in The Larrieu Brothers's Peindre ou Faire l'Amour alongside Daniel Auteuil (Cannes Film Festival Official Selection) and The Quay Brothers The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes. Tony Gatlif's Transylvania (Cannes Film Festival Official Selection) in 2006.
In 2007, Casar collaborated with the artist Sophie Calle for her Venice Biennale Installation Prenez soin de vous and with director Laetitia Masson for the film Coupable. In 2008, with the German New Wave Director Werner Schroeter on his last film Nuit de Chien (Jury Prize Venice Film Festival).
She played the lead role in Eleonore Faucher's film Gamines in 2009. For her portrayal of Dora Maar, the surrealist artist and Picasso's muse in La Femme qui Pleure au Chapeau Rouge, she won the best actress award at La Rochelle Television Film Festival.
In 2011 and 2012, she appeared in three films : Mikael Buch's indie film Let my People Go, the French blockbuster series La Vérité si je Mens ! 3, and the Anglophone Playoff by Eran Riklis with Dany Huston. In 2013 she appeared in the adaptation of Kleist's Mickael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Des Pallières with Mads Mikkelsen. In 2015 she appeared in The Forbidden Room by Canadian director Guy Maddin.
On stage, her work includes Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon directed by Tom Cairns, Almeida Theatre, The title role in Hedda Gabler Petit Théatre de Paris, Olivier Py's 2009 production of Les Enfants de Saturne at the Theatre National de L'Odéon, Paris. In 2011, she appeared in the title role of Petra in The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant by Fassbinder and performed to much critical acclaim in Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher at the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra.
- 2015: Canal+ TV Series Versailles (TV series)
- 2015: The Last Summer of the Rich
- 2015: The Forbidden Room
- 2014 : Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello
- 2014 : Not My Type by Lucas Belvaux
- 2013 : Ich und Kaminski by Wolfgand Becker
- 2013 : Spiritismes by Guy Maddin
- 2012 : Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallières
- 2012 : La vérité si je mens ! 3 by Thomas Gilou
- 2011 : Playoff by Eran Riklis
- 2011 : Let My People Go ! by Mikael Buch
- 2010 : Districted Leporello by Juliao Sarmento
- 1994 : Le Temps du bonheur by Caroline Champetier
- 2009 : Oscar et la dame rose by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
- 2009 : Gamines by Éléonore Faucher
- 2009 : Bancs publics (Versailles Rive-Droite) by Bruno Podalydès
- 2008 : Quelques nouvelles du continent by Max Jourdan
- 2008 : Nuit de chien by Werner Schroeter
- 2008 : Made in Italy by Stéphane Giusti : Isabella
- 2008 : Le Voyage aux Pyrénées by Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu
- 2008 : Journées froides qui menacent les plantes by Virginie Chanu
- 2008 : Coupable de Laetitia Masson
- 2008 : Buñuel et la Table du Roi Salomon by Carlos Saura :
- 2007 : Une vieille maîtresse by Catherine Breillat
- 2007 : Kandisha by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar
- 2007 : Intrusions by Emmanuel Bourdieu
- 2006 : Transylvania by Tony Gatlif
- 2005 : The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by Brothers Quay
- 2005 Peindre ou faire l'amour by Arnaud Larrieu
- 2005 : La cloche a sonné by Bruno Herbulot
- 2004 : Toi, vieux by Pierre Coré
- 2004 : Rien, voilà l'ordre by Jacques Baratier
- 2004 : Anatomie de l'enfer by Catherine Breillat
- 2003 : Un autre homme by Catherine Klein
- 2003 : Sylvia by Christine Jeffs
- 2003 : Mariées mais pas trop by Catherine Corsini
- 2003 : Les Chemins de l'Oued by Gaël Morel
- 2002 : Filles perdues, cheveux gras by Claude Duty
- 2001 : Quand on sera grand by Renaud Cohen
- 2001 : La Vérité si je mens ! 2 by Thomas Gilou
- 2001 : Comment j'ai tué mon père by Anne Fontaine
- 2000 : Tôt ou tard by Anne-Marie Etienne
- 2000 : Le coeur à l'ouvrage by Laurent Dussaux
- 1999 : Pourquoi pas moi ? by Stéphane Giusti
- 1999 : Le Derrière by Valérie Lemercier
- 1997 : Marie Baie des Anges by Manuel Pradal
- 1997 : La Vérité si je mens ! de Thomas Gilou
- 1996 : Tiré à part by Bernard Rapp
- 1995 : Départ immediat by Thomas Briat
- 1995 : Ainsi soient-elles de Patrick Alessandrin
- 1989 : Erreur de jeunesse by Radovan Tadic
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