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Jean-François Stévenin began his cinema career over 40 years ago, as assistant director to filmmaker Alain Cavalier and then in the same capacity with François Truffaut, Jacques Rozier, Jacques Rivette, and Barbet Schroeder.
A few years into his career, he stepped in front of the camera. His many films since as actor have included François Truffaut’s Day for Night and Small Change; Jacques Rivette’s Out 1: Spectre and Le Pont du Nord; André Téchiné’s Barocco; John Irvin’s The Dogs of War; John Huston’s Victory; Jean-Luc Godard’s Passion; Jean-Pierre Mocky’s Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle? and Noir comme le souvenir; Jacques Demy’s Une chambre en ville, for which Mr. Stévenin was a César Award nominee; Eric Rochant’s Les Patriotes and Mafiosa; Agnieszka Holland’s Olivier, Olivier; Laetitia Masson’s À vendre and La Repentie; Christophe Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf; Patrice Leconte’s The Man on the Train; and, most recently, Bertrand Tavernier’s In the Electric Mist, on which he voiced the lead role played by Tommy Lee Jones for the French-language release.
He has written and directed three feature films, all of which also featured him as an actor. These are Passe Montagne, for which he won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival; Double Messieurs; and Mischka, which was honored at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival with the France Culture Award.
Mr. Stévenin has also starred in short films and telefilms. His theater work includes, most recently, his own staging of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.