Vincent Cassel to receive tribute

Cassel, who is internationally recognized as one of the most talented and prolific European actors, will be in Cartagena together with five of his films and will take part in the Salón FICCI.

Cassel, who is internationally recognized as one of the most talented and prolific European actors, will be in Cartagena together with five of his films and will take part in the Salón FICCI. His visit is one of the many activities of the 2017 France – Colombia year and was made possible thanks to the support of the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Colombia.

Famous for embodying highly complex characters, both in terms of expression and psychology, Cassel knew since he was fifteen that he would become an actor. At seventeen, he ran away from the boarding school where his father Jean-Pierre Cassel – also an actor – had sent him, to join a circus school and take dance classes. His dedication and hard work allowed him to obtain his first part in the television series La belle anglaise in 1988, followed by Les cigognes n'en font qu'à leur tête by Didier Kaminka (1989).

He starred in the romantic comedy Métisse (1993) by Mathieu Kassovitz, who would then give him the part that would mark Cassel's leap to international fame: in La Haine, he embodies a middle-class youngster after a day of riots in Paris – a part for which he was nominated twice at the César awards (for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor), while Kassovitz received the Best Director Award in Cannes that year.

The filmmakers with whom Cassel has worked choose him to embody extravagant, evil or temperamental characters. He is admired for his passion and instinct when he plays characters who, in most cases, have special relationships with women. Maybe this explains why he said that, to him, "all good actors are actresses".

FICCI 57 will cover Vincent Cassel's career through five of his films. La Haine, Read my Lips (Sur mes lèvres – 2001) by Jacques Audiard, for which he was again nominated for a César award; Our Day Will Come (Notre jour viendra – 2010) by Romain Gavras, in which he plays a psychiatrist who helps his patient leave hate aside and connect with his sexuality; Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti – 2015) by Mateo Garrone, winner of 18 international awards and nominated to the Palme d'Or in Cannes; and, as a closing of the tribute, It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde – 2016) by Xavier Dolan, which won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize in Cannes.

The acclaimed actor's visit to Cartagena is yet another reason to attend Colombia's most important film festival, whose 57th edition will get under your skin. From March 1 to 6, #FICCITeToca.