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Roschdy Zem - © Roger Arpajou
media - © Marcel Hartmann

Roschdy Zem

Actor, Director, Adapter/dialogue writer, Screenwriter, Voice, Co-producer

Represented by : Artmedia

Agent : Claire Blondel

    Biography

    Son of Moroccan immigrants, Roschdy Zem studied theatre and was a big soccer fan. His first film experience dates back to 1987 (an extra in "Lady Cops"). At the time he was earning a living selling jeans at the local market and had no pretentions of becoming an actor. It was an assistant of Andre Techine who singled him out for a couple of bit parts in the films "I Don't Kiss" (1991) and "My Favorite Season" (1991). He was still dabbling in theatre productions occasionally.
    By the time Roschdy Zem turned 30, his career had started to take off, and notably because of two performances: a herion addict in "Don't Forget You're Going to Die" by Xavier Beauvois and a night porter in "To Have (or not)" by Laetitia Masson. He began to make the rounds in auteur cinema with his robust yet sensitive presence, in films by Chereau ("Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train"), Garrel and a number of first films such as "Louise (Take 2)", "The Other Shore" (1997) and "Living in Paradise" (1998).
    Like Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem helped to open the way for actors of North African descent, in films of varied backgrounds from social commentaries ("Save Me" or the more easy-going "My Little Business" by Jolivet, for which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Cesar) to general public films ("The Race", "Blanche", and "Chouchou" in which he plays brother Jean) or psychological dramas ("Alias Betty", "Ordo"). Informer in "36", cop in "Le Petit lieutenant" by Beauvois (and another nomination for a Cesar), this method actor who learned Hebrew for "Live & Become" and a Serbian accent for "French California", won the Best Actor award at Cannes 2006 given to the ensemble cast of "Days of Glory", a war film portraying North African soldiers deployed during WWII.
    That same year, he also made his directorial debut with "Bad Faith" (and lead actor), a comedy about a couple, she being Jewish (Cécile de France), he Islamic. In 2008, he's in love with "The Girl from Monaco", an over-trained cop ready to risk all in "Go Fast", or again with Pierre Jolivet in "La Très très grande enterprise". The critics were particularly attentive to his work as a lawyer in "Legal Aid" (2009) and the first film from his friend Pascal Elbé "Turk's Head". In 2010, Roschdy Zem was back in Cannes with his fellow Golden Palm winners, Jamel Debbouze et Sami Bouajila, for the film "Outside the Law".

    Filmography (81)

    La Fille au bracelet

    La Fille au bracelet

    (2018 - Post Production)

    Persona non grata

    Persona non grata

    (2018 - Post Production)

    Roubaix, A Light

    Roubaix, A Light

    (2017 - Pre-production)

    Le Jeu

    Le Jeu

    (2017 - Upcoming release)

    Ma fille

    Ma fille

    (2017)

    The Price of Success

    The Price of Success

    (2016)

    Les Hommes du feu

    Les Hommes du feu

    (2016)

    Monsieur Chocolat - © Julian Torres

    Monsieur Chocolat

    (2015)

    Sahara

    Sahara

    (2014)

    Alaska

    Alaska

    (2014)

    Bodybuilder

    Bodybuilder

    (2014)

    Bird People

    Bird People

    (2014)

    The Price of Fame

    The Price of Fame

    (2013)

    On a failli être amies

    On a failli être amies

    (2013)

    Giraffada

    Giraffada

    (2013)

    Intersections

    Intersections

    (2012)

    Armed Hands

    Armed Hands

    (2011)

    Paris by Night - © Eddy Briere

    Paris by Night

    (2011)

    Omar Killed Me - Poster - France

    Omar Killed Me

    (2011)

    Point Blank

    Point Blank

    (2010)

    Outside the Law - Poster - France

    Outside the Law

    (2010)

    Happy Few

    Happy Few

    (2010)

    Turk's Head

    Turk's Head

    (2009)

    London River

    London River

    (2009)

    La Très Très Grande Entreprise

    La Très Très Grande Entreprise

    (2008)

    Legal aid

    Legal aid

    (2007)

    Go fast

    Go fast

    (2007)

    The Girl from Monaco - Poster - France

    The Girl from Monaco

    (2007)

    Détrompez-vous

    Détrompez-vous

    (2007)

    Mauvaise Foi

    Mauvaise Foi

    (2005)

    La Californie

    La Californie

    (2005)

    Days of Glory

    Days of Glory

    (2005)

    The Little Lieutenant

    The Little Lieutenant

    (2005)

    Camping à la ferme

    Camping à la ferme

    (2004)

    Live & Become

    Live & Become

    (2004)

    Ten'ja

    Ten'ja

    (2004)

    36

    36

    (2004)

    Ordo

    Ordo

    (2004)

    Le Piège

    Le Piège

    (2003)

    À quoi ça sert de voter écolo ?

    À quoi ça sert de voter écolo ?

    (2003)

    Sansa

    Sansa

    (2003)

    The Car Keys - Poster - France

    The Car Keys

    (2003)

    Merci...Dr Rey !

    Merci...Dr Rey !

    (2003)

    Only Girls

    Only Girls

    (2003)

    Chouchou

    Chouchou

    (2003)

    Monsieur N.

    Monsieur N.

    (2003)

    Blanche

    Blanche

    (2002)

    The Race

    The Race

    (2001)

    Le Vigneron français

    Le Vigneron français

    (2000)

    Change my Life

    Change my Life

    (2000)

    My Wife is an Actress

    My Wife is an Actress

    (2000)

    Alias Betty

    Alias Betty

    (2000)

    Little Senegal

    Little Senegal

    (2000)

    Oedipus - Poster France

    Oedipus

    (2000)

    Save Me

    Save Me

    (2000)

    Stand-By

    Stand-By

    (2000)

    The Enchanted Interlude

    The Enchanted Interlude

    (2000)

    Les Petits Souliers

    Les Petits Souliers

    (1999)

    Living in Paradise

    Living in Paradise

    (1999)

    My Little Business

    My Little Business

    (1999)

    Louise - Take 2

    Louise - Take 2

    (1999)

    Le Monde à l'envers

    Le Monde à l'envers

    (1998)

    La Ville

    La Ville

    (1998)

    Alice and Martin

    Alice and Martin

    (1998)

    For Sale

    For Sale

    (1998)

    Those Who Love Me Will Take the Train

    Those Who Love Me Will Take the Train

    (1998)

    C'est Noël déjà ?

    C'est Noël déjà ?

    (1997)

    Honneur de ma famille (L')

    Honneur de ma famille (L')

    (1997)

    Vive la République !

    Vive la République !

    (1997)

    Clubbed to Death

    Clubbed to Death

    (1996)

    The Other Shore

    The Other Shore

    (1996)

    The Gods Must Be Dancing

    The Gods Must Be Dancing

    (1996)

    Fred

    Fred

    (1996)

    The Best Job in the World

    The Best Job in the World

    (1996)

    The Phantom Heart

    The Phantom Heart

    (1995)

    Memories of a Young Fool

    Memories of a Young Fool

    (1995)

    Don't Forget You're Going to Die

    Don't Forget You're Going to Die

    (1995)

    To Have (Or Not)

    To Have (Or Not)

    (1995)

    My Favorite Season

    My Favorite Season

    (1993)

    Don't Get Panic!

    Don't Get Panic!

    (1991)

    I Don't Kiss

    I Don't Kiss

    (1991)

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    Videos (3)

    04/04/2016

    Tu Cita con el Cine Francés celebrates its third anniversary

    La bande-annonce du 3e Tu Cita con el Cine Francés - Trailer

    Cette édition aura lieu à Madrid du 7 au 10 avril 2016, dans les Yelmo Cines.

    More info: http://en.unifrance.org/news/14613/la-bande-annonce-du-3e-tu-cita-con-el-cine-frances

    28/10/2014

    Official Trailer: French Film Festival of Helvetia (2014)

    Official Trailer : French Film Festival of Helvetia (2014) (english subtitles)

    21/08/2014

    Official Trailer: French Film Festival of Helvetia (2014)

    Official Trailer : French Film Festival of Helvetia (2014) (french version)

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