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Olivier Assayas
Doubles vies
France 2018 / 108’
Personal Shopper

Following his surprisingly serious Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas decided to make one of the funniest films of his career. Non-Fiction, which premiered at the last Venice Festival, is a comedy—reminiscent of the films of Eric Rohmer and Woody Allen—about the complex relationships among a group of Parisian intellectuals. Among them is Leonard (Vincent Macaigne), a writer struggling with a midlife crisis who has just finished another novel filled with juicy autobiographical details. To his amazement, the book is rejected by his friend, Alain (Guillaume Canet), a publisher. This leaves a mark on the lives of both men and provokes a number of unexpected consequences in their personal and professional relations. Though it sounds rather innocuous, the humor in Non-Fiction is refreshingly provocative. It is difficult to imagine that anyone else apart from Assayas would be able to get away with such merciless jokes at the expense of both The White Ribbon and Michael Haneke.

Piotr Czerkawski

Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Yorick Le Saux
editing Simon Jacquet
cast Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne
producer Charles Gillibert
production CG Cinéma
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language French
colouration colour