Michel Hazanavicius

A gifted comic writer and director in his native France, Michel Hazanavicius parlayed his skill at parodying past film genres and conventions with the spy spoof "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" (2006) before capturing ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1967 in France

Filmography

Director (6)

Les Infidèles 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Search 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Mes Amis 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

The Search 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Daltons 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Delphine 1-Yvan O 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Jacky in the Kingdom of Women 2013 (Movie)

Julin (Actor)

My Wife is an Actress 2002 (Movie)

Info Sport Cameraman (Actor)
Editor (1)

The Search 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

The Search 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A gifted comic writer and director in his native France, Michel Hazanavicius parlayed his skill at parodying past film genres and conventions with the spy spoof "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" (2006) before capturing international audiences' attention with "The Artist" (2011), a loving tribute to Hollywood's silent film era. Hazanavicius developed a cult following through a trio of "diversions," comic experiments that took footage from Hollywood films and television, then redubbed and edited them into dizzyingly surreal comedies. He soon graduated to feature films, where he struck gold with "OSS 117" and its 2009 sequel, both starring comic actor Jean Dujardin as a hapless '60s-era spy. The pair reunited in 2011 for "The Artist," a completely silent black-and-white film about a 1920s-era star on the decline; it won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival that year before storming international theaters and ultimately garnering Hazanavicius a Best Director Academy Award and his film, a win for Best Picture. Its global success was an appropriate showcase for Hazanavicius' talents, as well as a terrific calling card for his potential as a filmmaker in America.

Relationships

Lucien

Son
Born on June 25, 1998; mother, Bérénice Béjo

Gloria

Daughter
Born Sept. 18, 2011; mother, Bérénice Béjo

Bérénice Béjo Actor

Companion
Had two children together Hazanavicius directed Béjo in "The Artist" (2011)

Serge Hazanavicius Actor

Brother
Directed by his brother in several projects including "Mes amis" (1999) and "OSS 117 - Lost in Rio" (2009)

Milestones

2011

Received critical acclaim for his black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"; film was France's entry at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival; also starred Dujardin and Bejo

2006

Helmed second feature, "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies"; starred French actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo

1999

Feature debut, "Mes amis"; wrote and directed film that starred his brother Serge

1993

Wrote, directed, and provided a voiceover for the TV-movie "La classe américaine"; consisted entirely of footage taken from various films produced by Warner Bros. and dubbed into French

1992

Wrote and directed the animated TV-movie "Ca détourne"

1988

Launched his career as a director for France's Canal+ channel

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