Former resident of the Villa Medici in Rome, Xavier Beauvois taught himself cinema under the aegis of Jean Douchet. In 1991, he directed his first feature film, North, inspired by autobiographical elements. In 1995, he received the Jury Prize at Cannes for Don't Forget You're Going to Die, in which he performed alongside Chiara Mastroianni. Beauvois is fond of depicting various contexts under tension, notably that of the police, with The Young Lieutenant (2005), or that of women during the First World War with The Guardians (2017). Several of his films are based on news items, like Selon Matthieu (2000) or Drift Away (2021). Of Gods and Men (2010), with Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. He also appears as an actor in many films and series, such as House of Tolerance by Bertrand Bonello (2011), The Summer House by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (2018) or season 4 of Call My Agent!
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