Who is Michel Hazanavicius?

Michel Hazanavicius

Actor and film maker

Michel Hazanavicius started his career in 1988 on television, working in particular at Canal + with the comedy group les Nuls.

He quickly started making films for advertising (more than forty commercials), but also parody programs for Canal + (Derrick contre Superman, Le Grand détournement ou la classe américaine), TV shows (C’est pas le 20h) and the short film Échec au capital (1997).

In cinema, Michel Hazanavicius started in 1994 as an actor in La Cité de la peur, then as a co-writer on Delphine 1 - Yvan 0 (1996). He also participated in the writing of Le Clone (1998) and Les Dalton (2004) and directed his first full-length film, Mes amis, in 2004.

In 2006, his career passed another milestone when he made the off the wall spy film OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions, whose sequel OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2009) has also been a big hit.

The film maker gained international fame thanks to the black and white silent film The Artist (2011), unanimously praised (a Prize at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, 6 Césars awards including Best director award for Hazanavicius, 5 Oscars also including Best director award).