Biography: Mathieu Kassovitz is the son of veteran French film director Peter Kassovitz, who appears in Métisse (Café au lait – 1993) as an inarticulate college professor. Mathieu began acting in film at an early age, appearing in his father’s Au bout du bout du banc in 1978 and in Jean-Loup Hubert’s L’Année prochaine… si tout va bien in 1981. Eager to direct as well as act, Kassovitz made his first short film, Fierrot le pou, in 1990. He wrote and directed La Haine (Hate – 1995), a hugely controversial film in France dealing with themes around class, race, violence, and police brutality. The film won the César Award for Best Film and netted Kassovitz the Best Director prize at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
La Haine [Hate] (1997).
Fierrot le pou (1990);
Cauchemar blanc (1991);
Métisse [Café au lait] (1993);
La Haine [Hate] (1995);
Lumière sur un massacre – En forêt (1996);
The Crimson Rivers (2000);
Babylon A.D. (2008);
Rebellion [L’Ordre et la Morale] (2011).