Guest of honor - Samir Guesmi
After studying theater, Samir Guesmi makes his first movie appearance in Jaune Revolver by Olivier Langlois in 1987. After a series of small parts he gets noticed in Malik le maudit by Youcef Hamidi, for which he gets the Michel Simon prize and the interpretation prize at Amiens Festival in 1994.
In the theater, he shines in several plays staged by Frédéric Bélier-Garcia and Eric Vigner. Meanwhile, he makes notable apparitions in popular movies like Pierre Morel’s District B13 or Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One as well as in auteur cinéma with Claude Miller, Alain Gomis or Nicole Garcia. In 2007, he lands his first leading role in Andalucia. He is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the César ceremony in 2013 for his part in Camille Rewinds by Noémie Lvosky.
After that, he keeps working with renowned screenwriters like Julie Bertuccelli, Rachid Bouchareb or Arnaud Desplechin. More recently, he starred in La Mélodie by Rachid Hami, Tu Mérites un Amour by Hafsia Herzi or Notre Dame by Valérie Donzelli as well as tv shows such as Engrenages or Les Revenants.
In 2007 he makes his debut in directing with C’est Dimanche !, a short fiction, which is awarded the Public choice prize in Clermont Ferrand Festival and is a success in festivals over the world. In 2020, he directs his first feature film Ibrahim.