Mathieu Kassovitz

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Mathieu Kassovitz (born 3 April 1967) is a French director, screenwriter, producer, and actor, best known for his Cannes-winning drama La Haine. Kassovitz is also the founder of MNP Entreprise, a film production company. Kassovitz was born in Paris, the son of Chantal Rémy, a film editor, and Peter Kassovitz, a director and writer. His mother is French and Catholic and his father is a Hungarian Jew who left Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 (Mathieu Kassovitz has described himself as "not Jewish but I was brought up in a world of Jewish humor"). Kassovitz was married to French ex-actress Julie Mauduech, whom he directed and acted alongside with in his 1993 film Métisse (Café au lait, English title) and who made a brief appearance in La Haine (during the scene in the Parisian art gallery). They have a daughter, Carmen. Mauduech is now a costume designer for films. As a filmmaker, Kassovitz has made several artistic and commercial successes. He wrote and directed La Haine (Hate, 1995), a hugely controversial film in France dealing with themes around class, race, violence, and police brutality.
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