ROSCHDY ZEM

ROSCHDY ZEM

Actor, director, screenwriter, MOROCCO

Citation

Being an actor? lt look a long time to Roschdy Zem to even think about it. For this kid from Drancy, in the suburbs of Paris, who had been warned all through his childhood not to draw attention to himself, cinema was a wholly different world, like a parallel universe to which people like him couldn't aspire. But then, French society changed. Only slightly, but still. A breach opened and he stepped into it. [… When] propositions poured in, he considered them carefully, always mindful of his motto: never to accept a film for bad reasons. […] You don't meet people like Roschdy Zem everyday. Neither on screen, nor in real life.

Selected Filmography

Actor
Madame Claude (Sylvie Verheyde, post-production)
Savages / Les Sauvages (TV, 2018)
The Girl With a Bracelet / La Fille au bracelet (Stéphane Demoustier, 2018)
Oh Mercy! / Roubaix, une lumière (Arnaud Desplechin, 2018)
War on Beasts / Aux animaux la guerre (TV, 2018) – Best Actor / Prix de la Meilleure Interprétation
masculine Series Mania Lille 2018
The Price of Success / Le Prix du succès (Teddy Lussi-Modeste, 2017)
Nothing to Hide / Le Jeu (Fred Cavayé, 2017)
The Brigade / Les Hommes du feu (Pierre Jolivet, 2016)
Alaska (Claudio Cupellini, 2016)
Ma fille ( Naidra Ayadi , 2016)
Almost Friends / On a failli être amies (Anne Le Ny, 2014)
Bird People (Pascale Ferran, 2014)
Giraffada (Rani Massalha, 2013)
Collision / Intersections (David Marconi, 2013)
The Price of Fame / La Rançon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois, 2013)
Armed Hands / Mains armées (Pierre Jolivet, 2012)
Just Like a Woman (Rachid Bouchareb, 2011)
Paris by Night / Une nuit (Philippe Lefebvre, 2011)
The Cold Light of Day / Sans issue (Mabrouk El Mechri, 2010)
Point Blank / À bout portant (Fred Cavayé, 2010)
Turk's Head / Tête de Turc (Pascal Elbé, 2010)
Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010)
Happy Few (Antony Cordier, 2009)
London River (Rachid Bouchareb, 2008)
La très très grande entreprise (Pierre Jolivet, 2008)
Go Fast (Olivier van Hoofstadt, 2008)
Legal Aid / Commis d'office (Hannelore Cayre, 2008)
The Girl from Monaco / La Fille de Monaco (Anne Fontaine, 2007)
Détrompez-vous (Bruno Degua, Jeanne Le Guillou, 2006)
French California / La Californie (Jacques Fieschi, 2005)
Days of Glory / Indigènes (Rachid Bouchareb, 2005) – Best Actors / Prix d’Interprétation collectif
Festival de Cannes 2006
Camping à la ferme (Jean-Pierre Sinapi, 2004)
36 / 36 quai des Orfèvres (Olivier Marchal, 2004)
Live and Become / Vas, vis et deviens (Radu Mihaileanu, 2004)
The Young Lieutenant / Le Petit Lieutenant (Xavier Beauvois, 2004)
Ordo (Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa, 2003)
Tenja (Hassan Legzouli, 2003)
Sansa (Siegfried, 2003)

Only Girls / Filles uniques (Pierre Jolivet, 2002)
Chouchou (Merzak Allouache, 2002)
Monsieur N. (Antoine de Caunes, 2002)
Merci Dr Rey (Andrew Litvack, 2002)
Blanche (Bernie Bonvoisin, 2001)
Le Raid (Djamel Bensala, 2001)
Ma femme est une actrice (Yvan Attal, 2001)
Betty Fisher et autres histoires (Claude Miller, 2000)
Sansara (Siegfried, 2000)
Change My Life / Change-moi ma vie (Liria Bejeja, 2000)
Little Senegal (Rachid Bouchareb, 2000)
L’Origine du monde (Jérôme Enrico, 1999)
Save Me / Sauve-moi (Christian Vincent, 1999)
Enchanted Interlude / La Parenthèse enchantée (Michel Spinoza, 1999)
My Little Business / Ma petite entreprise (Pierre Jolivet, 1999)
The City / La Ville (Yousry Nasrallah, 1999)
Stand by (Roch Stephanik, 1998)
Living in Paradise / Vivre au paradis (Bourlem Guerdjou, 1998)
Alice and Martin / Alice et Martin (André Téchiné, 1997)
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train / Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (Patrice Chéreau, 1997)
Long Live the Republic / Vive la république (Éric Rochant, 1997)
For Sale / À vendre (Laetitia Masson, 1997)
Louise (Take 2) (Siegfried, 1997)
The Other Shore / L'Autre Côté de la mer (Dominique Cabrera, 1996)
La Divine Poursuite (Michel Deville, 1996)
Fred (Pierre Jolivet, 1996)
Le plus beau métier du monde (Gérard Lauzier, 1996)
Clubbed to Death / Lola (Yolande Zauberman, 1995)
Le Cœur fantôme (Philippe Garrel, 1995)
En avoir (ou pas) (Laetitia Masson, 1995)
Mémoires d’un jeune con (Patrick Aurignac, 1995)
Don't Forget You're Going To Die / N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir (Xavier Beauvois, 1994)
Don't Kiss / J'embrasse pas (André Téchiné, 1991)

Director, screenwriter
Persona non grata (2018) *
Chocolat (2015)
Bodybuilder (2014)
Omar Killed Me / Omar m'a tuer (2010)
Bad Faith / Mauvaise Foi (2006) *

* également acteur