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Multi-talented French actor, director and writer Mathieu Kassovitz has gone from being the enfant terrible of French cinema to Hollywood movie-maker, romantic lead and even poster model for a men's fragrance.

Perhaps best known to international audiences for his role as Nino Quincampoix, the love interest in heart-warming French romance "Amélie", Kassovitz won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival when he was just 28 and has starred alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Eric Bana and Daniel Craig.

Kassovitz was born on August 3 1967, with movies in his blood. His mother Chantal Remy is an editor and Hungarian-born father Peter Kassovitz a director, whose many works include 1999's "Jakob the Liar". Kassovitz says that if his parents had been bakers, he would have become a baker -- and no doubt he would have made award-winning petits fours.

Instead, he fell in love with cinema watching Hollywood blockbusters as a boy and Kassovitz made his screen debut in 1979 in his father's "Au Bout du Bout au Banc". He cast himself in the first-full length movie he directed,1993's "Matisse" ("Café au Lait" in the US), and later married co-star Julie Mauduech, with whom he had a daughter in 2001.

It was acting that first brought Kassovitz his first award, winning a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for Most Promising Actor in 1995 for his role in "Regarde les Homes Tomber", but it was directing that would make a star of Kassovitz, with the release of his breakthrough movie "La Haine" in 1995. Read full article »

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