Such as the directors of La Nouvelle Vague, Olivier Assayas begins his career with reviews and short movies. He writes in Les Cahiers du Cinéma, and makes himself known with his short movie Laissé inachevé à Tokyo (1982).
Asian movies big fan, he supervises a special issue related to this topic in Les Cahiers. He co-signs also the scenari of Rendez-Vous and Le Lieu du Crime of André Téchiné. Oliver Assays’s first feature film, Désordre, wins the FIPRESCI (international critique) in Venice in 1986.
Irma Vep in 1996, a tribute to the French movie director Louis Feuillade, is selected in Cannes, within the category Un Certain Regard.
He then tries his hand at documentary with HHH un portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien in 1997, and Eldorado, about the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj.
Olivier Assayas is back in Cannes in 2002, with the surprising and high tech Demonlover. He comes back again in 2014 with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart to present Clouds of Sils Maria. His biopic Carlos, about the Venezuelan terrorist, released in Cannes in 2010, obtains the critic’s favors.
Après Mai wins the best Screenplay price in Venice Film Festival in 2012. Personal Shopper, Prix de la Mise en Scène 2016, questions, among other things, the place that technology takes in our society. This point is also central in his next movie, Doubles Vies, with Guillaume Canet and Juliette Binoche, that will be on screen in France in 2019.
Olivier Assayas is the guest of honor of the Midnight Sun Film Festival, where he presents the Master Class dedicated to Ingmar Bergman, as an expert of the Swedish director. His movie L’Eau froide (1994), whose soundtrack includes songs of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin or Alice Cooper, is also released.