Simon Abkarian

Simon Abkarian (born 5 March 1962) is a French-Armenian actor. Born in Gonesse, Val d'Oise, of Armenian descent, Abkarian spent his childhood in Lebanon. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined an Armenian theater company managed by Gerald Papazian. He returned to France in 1985, settling in Paris. He took classes at the Acting International school, then he joined Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil. Abkarian left the Théâtre du Soleil in 1993 and played in 2001 "Beast on the Moon" by Richard Kalinoski, directed by Irina Brook, a play about the life of a survivor of the Genocide of the Armenians, a role which won him critical acclaims and the Molière of the best comedian. His first roles in cinema were proposed by French filmaker Cédric Klapisch, who asked him to play in several of his movies, notably in "Chacun cherche son chat" ("When the Cat is Away" (1996) and in "Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)" en 2003. He was featured in Sally Potter's Yes (2004), in which he played the lead role. Abkarian then played Mehdi Ben Barka in the thriller "J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka" by Serge Le Péron, about the kidnapping and the murder of the leader of the Moroccan opposition. He then played in "Prendre Femme" by Ronit Elkabetz which won him several interpretation prizes. Playing different roles and in different genres, he was featured in the adventure "Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas" by Bourlem Guerdjou, in the comedy "Le Démon de midi" by Marie-Pascale Osterriet. He has also ...

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Casino Royale (2006)

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Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Judi Dench

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Judi Dench

Ararat (2002)

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Atom Egoyan
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Charles Aznavour  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Arsinée Khanjian

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Atom Egoyan
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Charles Aznavour  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Arsinée Khanjian

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

Regina meets charming Joshua while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her whirlwind marriage to enigmatic Charlie. Upon her return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have been emptied, and her husband has been ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

Regina meets charming Joshua while vacationing in Martinique, as she contemplates ending her whirlwind marriage to enigmatic Charlie. Upon her return to Paris, she finds that both her apartment and her bank account have been emptied, and her husband has been ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Tim Robbins  •  Christine Boisson

Yes (2005)

She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sam Neill  •  Shirley Henderson

She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sally Potter
CAST:  Joan Allen  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sam Neill  •  Shirley Henderson

Trivial (2007)

An inspector who just suffered a family tragedy is looking for a missing older man. Man's family is of no help, or are they hiding something? He is helped by a ghost of an actress who died 30 years ago, or is he slowly going insane?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sophie Marceau
CAST:  Sophie Marceau  •  Christopher Lambert  •  Nicolas Briançon  •  Simon Abkarian

An inspector who just suffered a family tragedy is looking for a missing older man. Man's family is of no help, or are they hiding something? He is helped by a ghost of an actress who died 30 years ago, or is he slowly going insane?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sophie Marceau
CAST:  Sophie Marceau  •  Christopher Lambert  •  Nicolas Briançon  •  Simon Abkarian

Zaina: Rider of the Atlas (2005)

Young Zaina, must lead a caravan of precious thoroughbreds to Marrakech to take part of the most prestigious of all races : the Agdal. Along she'll have to face powerful OMAR and learn to trust her newly discovered father Mustapha.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bourlem Guerdjou
CAST:  Aziza Nadir  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sami Bouajila  •  Michel Favory

Young Zaina, must lead a caravan of precious thoroughbreds to Marrakech to take part of the most prestigious of all races : the Agdal. Along she'll have to face powerful OMAR and learn to trust her newly discovered father Mustapha.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bourlem Guerdjou
CAST:  Aziza Nadir  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Sami Bouajila  •  Michel Favory

The Marchers (2013)

In 1983, in France experiencing intolerance and racial violence , three young teens and the priest Minguettes launching a largely peaceful march for equality and against racism, over 1,000 km between Marseille and Paris . Despite the difficulties and resistance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nabil Ben Yadir
CAST:  Olivier Gourmet  •  Jamel Debbouze  •  Charlotte Le Bon  •  Hafsia Herzi

In 1983, in France experiencing intolerance and racial violence , three young teens and the priest Minguettes launching a largely peaceful march for equality and against racism, over 1,000 km between Marseille and Paris . Despite the difficulties and resistance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nabil Ben Yadir
CAST:  Olivier Gourmet  •  Jamel Debbouze  •  Charlotte Le Bon  •  Hafsia Herzi

Angelique (2013)

The incredible destiny of Angélique: a beautiful girl who found in her love for Joffrey Peyrac the strength to fight injustice and submission in a century plagued by power struggles, inequality and the oppression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ariel Zeitoun
CAST:  Nora Arnezeder  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Tomer Sisley  •  Simon Abkarian

The incredible destiny of Angélique: a beautiful girl who found in her love for Joffrey Peyrac the strength to fight injustice and submission in a century plagued by power struggles, inequality and the oppression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ariel Zeitoun
CAST:  Nora Arnezeder  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Tomer Sisley  •  Simon Abkarian

Armenia (2006)

This is a story about returning to ones ancestral homeland. Anna is a cardiologist who discovers her father has fled to his native Armenia after being diagnosed with a heart problem. Despite their contentious relationship, she sets out to bring her father back for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Guédiguian
CAST:  Ariane Ascaride  •  Chorik Grigorian  •  Romen Avinian  •  Simon Abkarian

This is a story about returning to ones ancestral homeland. Anna is a cardiologist who discovers her father has fled to his native Armenia after being diagnosed with a heart problem. Despite their contentious relationship, she sets out to bring her father back for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Guédiguian
CAST:  Ariane Ascaride  •  Chorik Grigorian  •  Romen Avinian  •  Simon Abkarian

In Your Dreams (2005)

Ninth is a promising young rapper whose reputation does not exceed even the few streets of his neighborhood. With his band and supported by Keuj, hairdresser apprentice producer, he tries to attend concerts and trying to break into the music, to the chagrin of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Thybaud
CAST:  Sérigne M'Baye  •  Blandine Bury  •  Vincent Elbaz  •  Sara Martins

Ninth is a promising young rapper whose reputation does not exceed even the few streets of his neighborhood. With his band and supported by Keuj, hairdresser apprentice producer, he tries to attend concerts and trying to break into the music, to the chagrin of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Thybaud
CAST:  Sérigne M'Baye  •  Blandine Bury  •  Vincent Elbaz  •  Sara Martins

Force (2011)

Following a series of unsolved robberies, the authorities decide to give carte blanche to commander Clara Damico to neutralize a particularly organized gang. Manual Makarov, a well-known figure in organized crime, is currently serving a sentence of twelve years in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Henry
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Eric Cantona  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Thierry Frémont

Following a series of unsolved robberies, the authorities decide to give carte blanche to commander Clara Damico to neutralize a particularly organized gang. Manual Makarov, a well-known figure in organized crime, is currently serving a sentence of twelve years in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Henry
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Eric Cantona  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Thierry Frémont

Zarafa (2012)

Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rémi Bezançon  •  Jean-Christophe Lie
CAST:  Max Renaudin  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Vernon Dobtcheff  •  Roger Dumas

Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rémi Bezançon  •  Jean-Christophe Lie
CAST:  Max Renaudin  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Vernon Dobtcheff  •  Roger Dumas

Lila Lili (1999)

Micheline, who is pregnant, lives in a home for women from which she tries to observe the world with calm and serenity. Among other women of the home who are also pregnant the frequently asked question is whether they will keep their baby or not.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marie Vermillard
CAST:  Alexia Monduit  •  Geneviève Tenne  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Zinedine Soualem

Micheline, who is pregnant, lives in a home for women from which she tries to observe the world with calm and serenity. Among other women of the home who are also pregnant the frequently asked question is whether they will keep their baby or not.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marie Vermillard
CAST:  Alexia Monduit  •  Geneviève Tenne  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Zinedine Soualem

Overdrive (2017)

Master car thieves square off against French gangsters in the South of France with money, women and lives all on the line.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Negret
CAST:  Scott Eastwood  •  Freddie Thorp  •  Ana de Armas  •  Gaia Weiss

Master car thieves square off against French gangsters in the South of France with money, women and lives all on the line.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Negret
CAST:  Scott Eastwood  •  Freddie Thorp  •  Ana de Armas  •  Gaia Weiss

Secrets of State (2008)

In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same lives. Condemned to secrecy, these masters of manipulation follow the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Haïm
CAST:  Gérard Lanvin  •  Vahina Giocante  •  Nicolas Duvauchelle  •  Mehdi Nebbou

In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same lives. Condemned to secrecy, these masters of manipulation follow the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Haïm
CAST:  Gérard Lanvin  •  Vahina Giocante  •  Nicolas Duvauchelle  •  Mehdi Nebbou

Turk's Head (2010)

A 14 year old boy, an ER doctor, a cop looking for revenge, a mother fighting for her children and a man distraught by the death of his wife see their destinies come together. As the doctor spends several days in a coma, events keep on happening and all will be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal Elbé
CAST:  Roschdy Zem  •  Pascal Elbé  •  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Samir Makhlouf

A 14 year old boy, an ER doctor, a cop looking for revenge, a mother fighting for her children and a man distraught by the death of his wife see their destinies come together. As the doctor spends several days in a coma, events keep on happening and all will be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal Elbé
CAST:  Roschdy Zem  •  Pascal Elbé  •  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Samir Makhlouf

Les Mauvais joueurs (2005)

Paris, le quartier du Sentier. Noël approche et la vie de Vahé Krikorian part à vau-l'eau. La boutique de son père, avec qui il travaille, va bientôt fermer. Trop de dettes et d'impayés. Lu Ann, la femme qu'il aime, le quitte et il sent bien que les arnaques au ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frédéric Balekdjian
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Isaac Sharry  •  Teng Fei Xiang  •  Linh-Dan Pham

Paris, le quartier du Sentier. Noël approche et la vie de Vahé Krikorian part à vau-l'eau. La boutique de son père, avec qui il travaille, va bientôt fermer. Trop de dettes et d'impayés. Lu Ann, la femme qu'il aime, le quitte et il sent bien que les arnaques au ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frédéric Balekdjian
CAST:  Simon Abkarian  •  Isaac Sharry  •  Teng Fei Xiang  •  Linh-Dan Pham

To Take A Wife (2004)

The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan traditions of her family finds herself at constant odds with her husband and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Shlomi Elkabetz
CAST:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Gilbert Melki  •  Sulika Kadosh

The story takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 1979, during three days before the Shabbat. A young woman trying to raise three children, work from home, and observe the strict Moroccan traditions of her family finds herself at constant odds with her husband and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Shlomi Elkabetz
CAST:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Gilbert Melki  •  Sulika Kadosh

The Wedding Song (2008)

The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewess who are both preparing for their marriages.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Albou
CAST:  Olympe Borval  •  Lizzie Brocheré  •  Karin Albou  •  Najib Oudghiri

The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewess who are both preparing for their marriages.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karin Albou
CAST:  Olympe Borval  •  Lizzie Brocheré  •  Karin Albou  •  Najib Oudghiri

The Seven Days (2008)

When one of the brothers (Ohayn) dies, all the whole family comes for Shiva (Jewish tradition,when the family sits seven days at the home after the death one of their family). A large family with a lot of problems and conflicts between them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Shlomi Elkabetz
CAST:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Albert Iluz  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Hana Laslo

When one of the brothers (Ohayn) dies, all the whole family comes for Shiva (Jewish tradition,when the family sits seven days at the home after the death one of their family). A large family with a lot of problems and conflicts between them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Shlomi Elkabetz
CAST:  Ronit Elkabetz  •  Albert Iluz  •  Simon Abkarian  •  Hana Laslo
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