Olivier Assayas programme
For the premiere of Personal Shopper, the latest film by French director Olivier Assayas (Paris, 1955), EYE screens some of his previous films. Assayas achieved fame with his ingenious and intelligent portraits of young Parisians and worked with great actors like Isabelle Huppert, Maggie Cheung (to whom he was briefly married), Nick Nolte and Jean-Pierre Léaud. Assayas started out in his career as a film critic for Les cahiers du cinéma (1980-1985). He is also the author of a book about Ingmar Bergman (collected interviews).
His breakthrough as a director was Désordre (1986), which earned him an award at the Venice film festival. His L’eau froide (1994) and Irma Vep (1996) were entered for competition at the Cannes film festival. It established Assayas’ name as one of the most defining filmmakers of France – he garnered numerous nominations and international awards. For Personal Shopper, his latest film, he received the Best Director Award at Cannes in 2016.