After his studies in cinema at la Nouvelle Sorbonne University in 1995, Mathieu Simonet followed an art dramatic school. He started his career as an actor when he was 23. Claude Chabrol is the first director to hire him in a feature, with Isabelle Huppert: “Merci pour le chocolat” (Nightcap). Then, he hold the leading character in the sixties story “La bande du drugstore” (Dandy), directed by french journalist François Armanet and selected at the Berlinale Film Festival (Panorama) in 2002. Three years later, Rachid Bouchareb directed him in “Indigènes” (Days of glory). The film has been greeted with enthusiasm in Cannes Film Festival.
Mathieu also has a passion for photography since he was 17 years old. After several works in black and white about human people, Jacques Perrin gave him the opportunity to cover the shooting of “Le Peuple Migrateur” (The winged migration) as a still photographer. They worked again together on the recent wildlife documentary “Oceans”, acclaimed worldwide.
Mathieu Simonet directed his first shortfilm “Le Carnet Rouge” (the red notebook) in 2004. The story is an adaptation from the eponymous novel written by Paul Auster. He directed his second shortfilm “Prunelle et Mélodie” (Prunelle and Melodie) in 2010. He also wrote the screenplay.