Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas is one of the most distinguished figures in present-day European cinema. Operating beyond all narrative standards, his films are characterised by an unquenchable curiosity and span an enormous array of aesthetic expression. Fascinated by the punk and pop cultures and painting, all of which now influence his work, Assayas initially worked as a critic for the French magazine „Cahiers du Cinéma“ before turning his hand to filmmaking. Among the most important titles by this tireless cinematic explorer are the autobiographically inspired romantic drama L’EAU FROIDE (1994), the double collaboration with Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung (IRMA VEP, 1996; CLEAN, 2004) and the monumental production CARLOS (2010), which he shot in ten countries over the course of 92 days – symbolic of his interest in the impact of globalisation. More recently, his award-winning drama SILS MARIA (2014) was a huge hit with both critics and audiences alike.

Olivier Assayas receives this year's ZFF A Tribute to...Award. In his honor, the festival shows a retrospective with twelve of his most important films. In addition, Assayas will present his latest directorial work PERSONAL SHOPPER as ZFF’s closing film on October 2, 2016.

Selected Filmography

PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016) – writer, director
SILS MARIA (2014) – writer, director
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (2012) – writer, director
CARLOS (2010) – writer, director
L’HEURE D’ÉTÉ (2008) – writer, director
CLEAN (2004) – writer, director
DEMONLOVER (2002) – writer, director
IRMA VEP (1996) ­– writer, director