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Abdellatif Kechiche

Abdellatif Kechiche

French film director, screenwriter and actor
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Quick Facts
Intro French film director, screenwriter and actor
Countries France Tunisia
Occupations Actor Screenwriter Film director
A.K.A. Abdelatif Kechiche, Abdel Kechiche
Gender male
Birth December 7, 1960 (Tunis, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia)
Residence Tunis, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia
The details

Abdellatif Kechiche (French: [abdɛlatif keʃiʃ]; Tunisian Arabic: عبد اللطيف كشيش‎, born 7 December 1960) is a Tunisian-French actor, film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire, which he also wrote. His film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Life and career

Born in Tunis, he moved with his parents to Nice at the age of six.

He directed Games of Love and Chance, known as L'esquive, which won a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented The Secret of the Grain at the 64th Mostra del Cinema in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize. The film also received the FIPRESCI Prize, the Louis Delluc Prize and the César Awards for Best Film and Best Director.

As an actor, his introduction to most English-speaking audiences was starring as Ashade the taxi driver in the 2005 psychological thriller Sorry, Haters, an "official selection" in both the Toronto International and American Film Institute's film festivals.

He was decorated by the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2005 and in 2008.

His 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Several days later a controversy erupted about Kechiche's work methods; technicians on the film accused him of harassment, unpaid overtime and violations of labour laws. The two main actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, who were also awarded the Palme d'Or, had complained about Kechiche's behaviour during the shooting but later, in an extensive interview, claimed that although he was difficult to work with it had been worth it, as he was a great filmmaker. The film also won Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards in 2013.

In October 2018, Kechiche was accused of sexual assault by an unnamed French actress. Kechiche is currently under investigation by the public prosecutor's office, and "categorically denies the accusations" in a statement released through his lawyer.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Poetical Refugee Director
2002 The Magic Box Actor
2003 Games of Love and Chance Director César Award for Best Director
2005 Sorry, Haters Actor
2007 The Secret of the Grain Director César Award for Best Director
Louis Delluc Prize
Lumières Award for Best Director
2010 Black Venus Director
2013 Blue Is the Warmest Colour Director Palme d'Or (shared with the film's actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos)
FIPRESCI Prize (2013 Cannes Film Festival)
Best International Independent Film (2013 British Independent Film Awards)
Louis Delluc Prize
Lumières Award for Best Director
2017 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno Director
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