Assayas in 2010
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, film critic|
(m. 1998; div. 2001)
|Partner(s)||Mia Hansen-Løve (2009–2017)|
Olivier Assayas (born 25 January 1955) is a French film director, screenwriter and film critic.
Assayas was born in Paris, France, the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy (1911–1981). His father was of Jewish origin who had settled in Italy, whereas 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. In a 2010 interview, Assayas stated that his main political influences when growing up were Guy Debord and George Orwell. Speaking of the 1968 May uprising to overthrow General de Gaulle, Assayas in the same interview stated: "I was defined by the politics of May '68, but for me May '68 was an anti-totalitarian uprising. People seemed to forget that at the occupied Odéon theater, you had crossed flags-black and red, and I was on the side of the black element.".
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 met actress-director Mia Hansen-Løve 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". They separated in 2017.
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. In 2016, Assayas won Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival) for Personal Shopper, which also starred Kristen Stewart.
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.
|1978||Nuit féline||Yes||Short film|
|1980||Rectangle - Deux chansons de Jacno||Yes||Short film|
|1982||Étoiles et toiles||Yes||TV series documentary|
|1982||Laissé inachevé à Tokyo||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1984||Winston Tong en studio||Yes||Short documentary|
|1986||Scene of the Crime||Yes|
|1990||Filha da Mãe||Yes|
|1991||Paris Awakens||Yes||Yes||Prix Jean Vigo|
|1993||A New Life||Yes||Yes|
|1994||Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge...||Yes||Yes||TV series|
|1997||Cinéma, de notre temps||Yes||Yes||TV series documentary (Episode: HHH - Un portrait de Hou Hsiao-hsien)|
|1998||Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung||Yes||Documentary short|
|1998||Late August, Early September||Yes||Yes|
|1998||Alice and Martin||Yes|
|2000||Sentimental Destinies||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or|
|2002||Demonlover||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or|
|2004||Clean||Yes||Yes||Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or|
|2006||Paris, je t'aime||Yes||Yes||Segment: "Quartier des Enfants Rouges"|
|2006||Metric||Yes||Video documentary (idea)|
|2007||To Each His Own Cinema||Yes||Yes||Segment: "Recrudescence"|
|2007||Stockhausen / Preljocaj Dialogue||Yes||TV Movie documentary|
|2008||Eldorado||Yes||TV Movie documentary|
|2008||Summer Hours||Yes||Yes||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film|
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
|2010||Carlos||Yes||Yes||Globes de Cristal Award for Best Television Film or Television Series|
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Satellite Award for Best Miniseries
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
|2012||Something in the Air||Yes||Yes||Venice Film Festival-Golden Osella for Best Original Screenplay|
Venice Film Festival-Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
Nominated—Venice Film Festival-Golden Lion
|2014||Clouds of Sils Maria||Yes||Yes||Louis Delluc Prize|
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2016||Personal Shopper||Yes||Yes||Cannes Film Festival - Best Director|
|2017||Based on a True Story||Yes||Co-written with Roman Polanski|
|2018||Non-Fiction||Yes||Yes||Associated with Lý Nhã Kỳ|
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