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Biography of Abdellatif KECHICHE

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Abdellatif KECHICHE
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Born on 07/12/1960 (format : day/month/year)

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Abdellatif Kechiche, born December 7, 1960, is a French director and screenwriter of Tunisian origin.

He has had tremendous success with his film La Graine et le Mulet. In 2007 he directed "La Graine et le Mulet", which was awarded the Special prize at the 64th Mostra de Venise Festival. In December 2007 the film was awarded the "Goncourt du cinéma" Français, the Louis-Delluc Prize. Finally, on the 22nd of february 2008 he received the French cinema's Cesar prize for the best Scenario, best Director, the best film and the prize for second actress.

The film was acclaimed by the French film world at the César ceremony in February 2005, for his film L’Esquive [Games of Love and Chance], in which young people from suburban estates on the outskirts of Paris take on a classic of the French theatre. At the thirtieth César award ceremony, Abdellatif Kechiche saw himself honoured by his peers.

This young French film director, born in Tunis in 1960, won for his film L’Esquive, which was released in January 2004 and was very well received by the critics, three of the most prestigious trophies: the Césars for best French film, best screenplay and best director. His leading lady, Sara Forestier, won the award for best female newcomer.

Having played North African Maghreb characters in films in the 1980s, Abdellatif Kechiche set his sights on directing after the success of his first film, La Faute à Voltaire [Blame it on Voltaire] (2000), a story of thwarted love set against a background of immigration which was awarded the Golden Lion for best first film at the Venice Festival. Born in Tunis, Abdelatif Kechiche started out as his career as a film and stage actor, before moving into film directing. His first role in a stageplay was in 1978 in “Sans Titre” by Garcia Lorca, directed by Muriel Channey.

In 1984, he made his film-acting debut, taking the lead role in “le Thé à la menthe” by Abdelkrim Bahloul, and continued working as an actor both for theater and cinema. In 1992, he played the lead in “Bezness,” by Nouri Bouzid, for which he won the award for Best Actor at both the Namur French-language Film Festival (1992) and the Damascus International Film Festival (1993). In 2000, Abdel Kechiche directed his first feature film, “La Faute à Voltaire,” to be released on February 14, 2001. He is currently writing two screenplays: “Vivement les voiles” and “La graine et le mulet.”

Last update : 07/02/2008

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