Olivier Assayas (aged 61) has authored over 15 ambitious and eclectic feature films, spanning over three decades. Following literary and art studies, he directs short films, writes scripts and reviews for the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma (1980-1985). Film lover, he writes about genre film and Hollywood and was one of the first European critics to call attention to the new Asian cinema. His debut, Désordre (Disorder), which received at award at Venice Festival in 1986, validates him as an important voice of his generation. Then, L’Eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) and Irma Vep (1996), shown in Cannes, grant him international notoriety. Cannes competition hosted also the premieres of Les Destinées sentimentales (Sentimental destinies) (2000), Demonlover (2002), Clean (2004), for which Maggie Cheung won the Award for Best Actress, and Sils Maria (Clouds of Sils Maria) (2014). The success of films such as L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours) (2008), Carlos (2010), Après Mai (Something in the Air) (2012), which received multiple international awards, make him one of the most acclaimed French directors.
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