Olivier Assayas

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French author and director, born in Paris in 1955.

After art school and a master’s in humanities, Olivier Assayas directed three short films between 1979 and 1982 with Elli Medeiros and Jacno, inspired by the post-punk Parisian scene. During the same period and until 1985, he wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma and Rock et Folk. He was a scriptwriter for André Téchiné and several others before directing his first feature film in 1986, Disorder, which won the Critic’s Prize in Venice. A diverse filmography was to follow, including Irma Vep, Cold Water and Sentimental Destinies. In 2010, he directed a 5hr30 m fresco, Carlos, based on the life of the Venezuelan terrorist. In 2014, Sils Maria received the Prix Louis Delluc, and his latest film, Personal Shopper, obtained the Best Director Award in Cannes in 2016. An avid cinephile, he produced a portrait of Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien in 1997, which contributed to the latter’s rise to fame from as early as 1984, when he was making his first films.

Disorder (1986) – Winter's Child (1989) – Paris Awakens (1991) – A new life (1993) – Cold Water (1994) – Irma Vep (1996) – Late August, early September (1998) – Les Destinées sentimentales (2000) – Demonlover (2002) – Clean (2004) – Boarding Gate (2007) – Summer Hours (2008) – Carlos (2010) – Something in the air (2012) – Sils Maria (2014) - Personal shopper (2016)

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"Most of my favorite movies ended up not being on this list as I thought other directors would have selected them already. I also think most of them are already so well-renowned that nobody needed my help in having access to those movies. Thus, I proceeded a little differently by choosing lesser-known movies instead, or neglected films in the works of great filmmakers, and by forcing myself to only pick one movie by director. Finally I crossed out thirty movies on my list - in an unfair and random manner - to reach the number of fifty. Titles are sorted in the alphabetical order of the directors' names."

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The director on L'Inferno

One could say that the film is the missing link between the Lumière brothers and Kenneth Anger.

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The director on Sweet Dreams

When I discovered this film, I was impressed by its intelligence and sense of humor.
Someone from my generation was doing something that nobody could do in France.

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The director on Adalen 31

Widerberg tells his film as gracefully as the Impressionist painters.

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