Olivier Assayas’ Cinema Lesson
Director & screenwriter
After studying art and literature, Olivier Assayas made short films, wrote screenplays (notably for André Téchiné), and contributed for the magazine “Cahiers du Cinéma”. He is the author of various books dealing with cinema. His films have brought him international recognition, ever since his feature debut Disorder was awarded at the 1986 Venice Film Festival. Eclectic filmmaker and genre cinema enthusiast, he notably directed Irma Vep (1996), a tribute to Louis Feuillade, cyber-thriller Demonlover (2002), or Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), winner of the 2014 Louis-Delluc Prize and nominated for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay César among others. The film stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, for which she received the Best Supporting Actress César, first time for an American actress. In 2016, Olivier Assayas reunited with Kristen Stewart in the ghost story film Personal Shopper, for which he won the Best Director Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, he directed Wasp Network, a spy film with Penelope Cruz, Ana de Armas and Gael García Bernal, and made his first television mini-series with Irma Vep, an eight-part remake of his film of the same title.