Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas (born January 25, 1955) is a French film director and screenwriter. He made his debut in 1986, after directing some short films and writing for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma. Description above from the Wikipedia article Olivier Assayas, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Clean (2004)

After losing her husband to a heroin overdose, Emily Wang fights to overcome her own addictions and to be reconciled with her estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Maggie Cheung  •  Nick Nolte  •  Béatrice Dalle  •  Jeanne Balibar

After losing her husband to a heroin overdose, Emily Wang fights to overcome her own addictions and to be reconciled with her estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Maggie Cheung  •  Nick Nolte  •  Béatrice Dalle  •  Jeanne Balibar

Irma Vep (1996)

A Chinese actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Maggie Cheung  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Nathalie Richard  •  Antoine Basler

A Chinese actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Maggie Cheung  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Nathalie Richard  •  Antoine Basler

Paris, Je T'Aime (2006)

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Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Carlos (2010)

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Edgar Ramírez  •  Alexander Scheer  •  Alejandro Arroyo  •  Ahmad Kaabour

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Edgar Ramírez  •  Alexander Scheer  •  Alejandro Arroyo  •  Ahmad Kaabour

...But Film Is My Mistress (2010)

Guided by Liv Ullmann and with commentaries from a number of prominent filmmakers for whom Bergman is and remains an important influence - such as Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stig Björkman
CAST:  Ingmar Bergman  •  Sven Nykvist  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Woody Allen

Guided by Liv Ullmann and with commentaries from a number of prominent filmmakers for whom Bergman is and remains an important influence - such as Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stig Björkman
CAST:  Ingmar Bergman  •  Sven Nykvist  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Woody Allen

Laissé inachevé à Tokyo (1982)

With graphic, stylized frames and a peculiar narrative structure blending elements of film noir, the short tells the mysterious journey of a young woman who travels to Japan to write an adventure novel and gets drawn into an espionage plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Elli Medeiros  •  László Szabó  •  Arielle Dombasle  •  Benoît Ferreux

With graphic, stylized frames and a peculiar narrative structure blending elements of film noir, the short tells the mysterious journey of a young woman who travels to Japan to write an adventure novel and gets drawn into an espionage plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Elli Medeiros  •  László Szabó  •  Arielle Dombasle  •  Benoît Ferreux

Rectangle - Deux chansons de Jacno (1980)

Two minimalist music videos that Assayas shot for French electro-pop star Jaco, Rectangle and Anne cherchait l'amour (featuring Elli Medeiros)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Jacno  •  Elli Medeiros

Two minimalist music videos that Assayas shot for French electro-pop star Jaco, Rectangle and Anne cherchait l'amour (featuring Elli Medeiros)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Jacno  •  Elli Medeiros

HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1999)

Entry on Taiwanese new-wave filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien for French television's "Cinéma, de notre temps" series, directed by Olivier Assayas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Hou Hsiao-hsien  •  Kuo-Fu Chen  •  She Kao  •  Chu Tien-wen

Entry on Taiwanese new-wave filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien for French television's "Cinéma, de notre temps" series, directed by Olivier Assayas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Hou Hsiao-hsien  •  Kuo-Fu Chen  •  She Kao  •  Chu Tien-wen

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

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A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Kristen Stewart  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Brady Corbet

A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Kristen Stewart  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Brady Corbet

Something in the Air (2012)

During the 1970s a student named Gilles gets entangled in contemporary political turmoils although he would rather just be a creative artist. While torn between his solidarity to his friends and his personal ambitions he falls in love with Christine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Clément Métayer  •  Lola Créton  •  Felix Armand  •  Carole Combes

During the 1970s a student named Gilles gets entangled in contemporary political turmoils although he would rather just be a creative artist. While torn between his solidarity to his friends and his personal ambitions he falls in love with Christine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Clément Métayer  •  Lola Créton  •  Felix Armand  •  Carole Combes

A Special Day (2012)

a film that premiered at the cannes film festival  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Faure  •  Gilles Jacob
CAST:  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Jane Campion  •  Chen Kaige

a film that premiered at the cannes film festival  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samuel Faure  •  Gilles Jacob
CAST:  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Jane Campion  •  Chen Kaige

Winter's Child (1989)

Feckless aspiring architect Stéphane leaves his pregnant girlfriend for theater designer Sabine; Sabine in turn vainly attempts to overcome her violent obsession with an actor in her theater company. A game of emotional chutes and ladders ensues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Clotilde de Bayser  •  Michel Feller  •  Marie Matheron  •  Gérard Blain

Feckless aspiring architect Stéphane leaves his pregnant girlfriend for theater designer Sabine; Sabine in turn vainly attempts to overcome her violent obsession with an actor in her theater company. A game of emotional chutes and ladders ensues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Clotilde de Bayser  •  Michel Feller  •  Marie Matheron  •  Gérard Blain

A New Life (1993)

In a shock after her mother’s sudden death, warehouse forklift driver Tina seeks out the rich, enigmatic businessman father she has never known and discovers a half-sister, Lise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Sophie Aubry  •  Judith Godrèche  •  Bernard Giraudeau  •  Christine Boisson

In a shock after her mother’s sudden death, warehouse forklift driver Tina seeks out the rich, enigmatic businessman father she has never known and discovers a half-sister, Lise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Sophie Aubry  •  Judith Godrèche  •  Bernard Giraudeau  •  Christine Boisson

Disorder (1986)

Three young friends steal some music equipment for their struggling post-punk band and, in a panic, kill the shop’s owner. Assayas’ debut feature examines, with characteristic restraint and acuity, the psychological fallout as the band unravels—and each of its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Wadeck Stanczak  •  Ann-Gisel Glass  •  Lucas Belvaux  •  Rémi Martin

Three young friends steal some music equipment for their struggling post-punk band and, in a panic, kill the shop’s owner. Assayas’ debut feature examines, with characteristic restraint and acuity, the psychological fallout as the band unravels—and each of its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Wadeck Stanczak  •  Ann-Gisel Glass  •  Lucas Belvaux  •  Rémi Martin

Paris Awakens (1991)

Adrien is 19 years old. He has not met his father, Clément for 4 years. Adrien returns home and the two try to better understand each other. Clément lives together with Louis, a twenty-something girl who wants to be an actress. The boy starts a flirt with Louise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Judith Godrèche  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Thomas Langmann  •  Antoine Basler

Adrien is 19 years old. He has not met his father, Clément for 4 years. Adrien returns home and the two try to better understand each other. Clément lives together with Louis, a twenty-something girl who wants to be an actress. The boy starts a flirt with Louise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Judith Godrèche  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Thomas Langmann  •  Antoine Basler

François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993)

Documentary overview of the life of French filmmaker François Truffaut.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Pascal  •  Serge Toubaina
CAST:  Fanny Ardant  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Alexandre Astruc  •  Nathalie Baye

Documentary overview of the life of French filmmaker François Truffaut.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Pascal  •  Serge Toubaina
CAST:  Fanny Ardant  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Alexandre Astruc  •  Nathalie Baye

Sentimental Destinies (2000)

In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife. He and his lover keep their love strong as the world changes around them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Charles Berling  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Olivier Perrier

In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife. He and his lover keep their love strong as the world changes around them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Charles Berling  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Olivier Perrier

Late August, Early September (1999)

A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in harmony with ones ideals, committing to a lover, giving up a lover that no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Mathieu Amalric  •  Virginie Ledoyen  •  François Cluzet  •  Jeanne Balibar

A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in harmony with ones ideals, committing to a lover, giving up a lover that no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Mathieu Amalric  •  Virginie Ledoyen  •  François Cluzet  •  Jeanne Balibar

Summer Hours (2008)

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Charles Berling  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Edith Scob

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Charles Berling  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Edith Scob

Boarding Gate (2007)

A sordid and complex series of events unfolds when an ex-prostitute becomes involved with a couple in Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Michael Madsen  •  Kelly Lin  •  Kim Gordon

A sordid and complex series of events unfolds when an ex-prostitute becomes involved with a couple in Hong Kong.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Assayas
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Michael Madsen  •  Kelly Lin  •  Kim Gordon
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