Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas

Highest Rated: 100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994)

Lowest Rated: 32% Boarding Gate (2008)

Birthday: Jan 25, 1955

Birthplace: Paris, France

In the '90s Olivier Assayas emerged as one of the key figures in the new generation of French filmmakers. As a former critic for Cahiers du Cinema and a die-hard cinephile, he makes his films both personal and referential to the works of directors that he adores. His father was a director/screenwriter in the 1940s who later worked mainly for TV. When it was increasingly difficult for him to work because of a health condition, Olivier started to help him, first merely as a secretary, and then ghostwriting a few screenplays for the Maigret TV series. In the late 1970s he joined the team of influential film magazine Cahiers du Cinema, that once launched the French New Wave. While working for Cahiers he wrote essays on his favorite European filmmakers, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and published extensive studies on American horror films and Hong Kong Cinema (the latter came out long before Hong Kong cinema became fashionable with Western filmgoers and critics). He collaborated on screenplays of two André Téchiné films, Rendez-Vous and Le Lieu du Crime, and directed a few shorts before making his feature debut in 1986 with Desordre. Though his films enjoyed considerable critical acclaim in France and at international film festivals, his name was virtually unknown in English-speaking countries until the release of his 1996 film Irma Vep, a loving tribute both to Louis Feuillade and Hong Kong cinema. Still faithful to his critical roots, he later directed a documentary on Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Highest Rated Movies



88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) Director Screenwriter 2019
42% Wasp Network Director Screenwriter 2019
91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) Actor 2018
80% Personal Shopper Screenwriter Director $1.4M 2017
46% Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie) Screenwriter 2017
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
90% Clouds of Sils Maria Director Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet Eldorado Director 2014
81% Something in the Air Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet L'unique Screenwriter 2013
93% Carlos Director Screenwriter $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet L'enfant de l'hiver (Winter's Child) Director Screenwriter 2010
94% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Screenwriter Director $1.6M 2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient Actor 2008
32% Boarding Gate Director 2008
87% Paris Je T'aime Screenwriter Director $4.9M 2007
No Score Yet Noise Director 2006
No Score Yet Carlos The Jackal Director Screenwriter 2006
73% Clean Director Screenwriter 2005
51% Demonlover Director Screenwriter $39.8K 2003
61% Les Destinees Screenwriter Director 2002
82% Late August, Early September Director Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet HHH: Portrait Of Hsiao-hsien Screenwriter Director 1997
93% Irma Vep Director Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits) Actor 1994
100% L'eau froide (Cold Water) Director 1994
No Score Yet Paris s'éveille Director Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Rendez-Vous Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Désordre (Disorder) Director 1986
No Score Yet Le Lieu du crime (Scene of the Crime) Screenwriter 1986


No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2017


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