Amira Casar

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Amira Casar
Years active1989–present

Amira Casar is a British-born actress who grew up in England, Ireland, and France.

Early life[edit]

Amira is the daughter of a Kurdish father and a Russian mother.[1] She was born in London and was subsequently raised in England, Ireland, and France.[1] She studied drama at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique de Paris between 1991 and 1994.[2] She is fluent in both English and French and has worked in German, Italian, and Spanish.[citation needed]


Casar's first role was in the 1989 film Erreur de jeunesse [fr] (Error of Youth) by Radovan Tadic [fr].[3] She played Sandra Benzakhem in the 1997 film La Vérité si je mens !, for which she was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress.[4] She later appeared in the film's two sequels, in 2001 and 2012.[5][6]

Casar portrayed Myriem in How I Killed My Father (2001) by Anne Fontaine;[7] Assia Wevill in Sylvia (2003) by Christine Jeffs;[8] the lead role of The Woman in the Catherine Breillat erotic film Anatomy of Hell (2004);[2][9] and Eva in To Paint or Make Love (2005) by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

Other roles include Marianne in Hypnotized and Hysterical (2002),[11] a film by Claude Duty [fr] which won the Grand Golden Rail at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; Malvina van Stille in The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes by the Brothers Quay (2005);[12] and Marie in Tony Gatlif's Transylvania in 2006.[13]

In 2007, Casar appeared in installation artist Sophie Calle's Venice Biennale piece Prenez soin de vous (Take Care of Yourself).[2]

In 2008, she played Dolorès in Laetitia Masson's Coupable [fr],[14] and portrayed Irene in Werner Schroeter's last film, Nuit de chien.[15] Casar played the lead role of Anna Di Baggio in the Éléonore Faucher [fr] film Gamines [fr] in 2009.[16]

She won the Best Actress award at La Rochelle Television Film Festival for her portrayal of Dora Maar in La femme qui pleure au chapeau rouge [fr] in 2010.[17] In 2011, Casar played Irène in Let My People Go ! [fr],[18] and Deniz in Playoff.[19][20] In 2013, she appeared in the Arnaud des Pallières film Michael Kohlhaas,[21][22] and portrayed Anne-Marie Munoz in Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent in 2014.[3]

In 2015, Casar appeared in The Forbidden Room by Canadian director Guy Maddin.[23] and portrayed Béatrice, Madame de Clermont, in the TV series Versailles.[24][25] In 2017, she played Annella Perlman in the film Call Me by Your Name.[26] She also appeared in the Caroline Fourest film Sisters in Arms, about a team of female Kurdish soldiers and volunteers.[27]

On stage, Casar's work includes the Almeida Theatre production of Aunt Dan and Lemon; the title role in Hedda Gabler at Le Petit Théâtre de Paris; and Olivier Py's 2009 production of Les Enfants de Saturne at the Theatre National de L'Odéon, Paris.[citation needed] In 2011, she appeared in the title role of Petra in The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant,[28][29] and received critical acclaim in Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher at the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra.[30]

Casar also appeared in the 1995 Bryan Adams music video for "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?".[31]


Amira Casar at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Year Title Role Director
1989 Erreur de jeunesse [fr] Girl on the train Radovan Tadic [fr]
1994 Le Temps du bonheur (short) Caroline Champetier
1995 Départ immediat (short) Woman Thomas Briat
Ainsi soient-elles [fr] Alice Patrick Alessandrin [fr]
1996 Tiré à part [fr] Farida Bernard Rapp
Mirada liquida Ana Rafael Monleon
1997 Marie from the Bay of Angels Young woman at the villa Manuel Pradal
La Vérité si je mens ! Sandra Benzakhem Thomas Gilou [fr]
1999 Why Not Me? Camille Stéphane Giusti [fr]
Le Derrière [fr] Anne-Laure Valérie Lemercier
2000 Tôt ou tard [fr] Catherine Anne-Marie Etienne [fr]
Le coeur à l'ouvrage Noëlle Laurent Dussaux [fr]
2001 Quand on sera grand [fr] Claire Renaud Cohen [fr]
La Vérité si je mens ! 2 [fr] Sandra Benzakhem Thomas Gilou [fr]
How I Killed My Father Myriem Anne Fontaine
Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón [fr] Fatima / Carmen Carlos Saura
2002 Hypnotized and Hysterical (Hairstylist Wanted) Marianne Claude Duty [fr]
2003 Un autre homme Marie Catherine Klein
Sylvia Assia Wevill Christine Jeffs
The Very Merry Widows Claudia Catherine Corsini
Les Chemins de l'Oued [fr] Nadia Gaël Morel
2004 Toi, vieux [fr] (short) Ghost Pierre Coré [fr]
Rien, voilà l'ordre [fr] Zelda Mitchell Jacques Baratier
Anatomy of Hell The Woman Catherine Breillat
2005 The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Malvina van Stille Brothers Quay
To Paint or Make Love Ava Arnaud Larrieu
La cloche a sonné [fr] Vera Bruno Herbulot [fr]
2006 Transylvania Marie Tony Gatlif
2007 The Last Mistress Mademoiselle Divine des Airelles Catherine Breillat
Kandisha Nyla Jayde Jérôme Cohen-Olivar
Intrusions [fr] Muriel Emmanuel Bourdieu
2008 Quelques nouvelles du continent Alice Max Jourdan
Nuit de chien Irene Werner Schroeter
Made in Italy [fr] Isabella Stéphane Giusti [fr]
Le Voyage aux Pyrénées [fr] Socialite journalist Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu [fr]
Coupable [fr] Dolorès Laetitia Masson
2009 Oscar et la dame rose [fr] Mme Gommette Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Gamines [fr] Anna Di Biaggio Éléonore Faucher [fr]
Park Benches Customer Bruno Podalydès
2010 Districted Leporello {short} Woman Julião Sarmento
2011 Playoff Deniz Eran Riklis
Let My People Go ! [fr] Irène Mikael Buch [fr]
2012 Michael Kohlhaas Abbess Arnaud des Pallières
La vérité si je mens ! 3 [fr] Sandra Benzakhem Thomas Gilou [fr]
2013 Spiritismes [fr] Guy Maddin
2014 Saint Laurent Anne-Marie Munoz Bertrand Bonello
Not My Type Marie Lucas Belvaux
2015 The Last Summer of the Rich Hanna von Stezewitz Peter Kern
The Forbidden Room Mrs. M____ Guy Maddin
Me and Kaminski Miriam Kaminski Wolfgang Becker
2016 Night of 1000 Hours [de] Renate Bode Virgil Widrich
2017 Call Me by Your Name Annella Perlman Luca Guadagnino
2018 At Eternity's Gate Johanna van Gogh-Bonger Julian Schnabel
2019 Sisters in Arms Commander Caroline Fourest
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Opération Bugs Bunny Marie-Noëlle TV movie
2000 Arabian Nights Morgiana TV miniseries
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Helena von Strauss TV movie
2003 40 Kristina TV miniseries
The Thibaults [fr] Rachel TV miniseries
2008 Les Héritières [fr] Antonia TV movie
2010 La femme qui pleure au chapeau rouge [fr] Dora Maar TV movie
2015 Versailles Béatrice, Madame de Clermont TV series
2017 Tensions sur le Cap Corse [fr] Gabrielle Monti TV movie
2019 Savages (Les Sauvages) Daria TV series



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