Clément Abbey is a French-American film director and screenwriter known for his work on acclaimed films such as The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and The Departed (2006). He was born in Paris, France, in 1959 to a French father and an American mother. He grew up in both the United States and France, and graduated from the prestigious film school, La Fémis.
Abbey began his career in the late 1980s, writing and directing a series of critically acclaimed short films. His first feature film, The Silence of the Lambs, earned him an Academy Award for Best Director in 1991. The film was a huge success, grossing over $272 million worldwide and winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In the 1990s, Abbey directed a number of successful films, including the action-thriller Seven (1995), the science-fiction epic Contact (1997), and the highly acclaimed drama The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). He also wrote and directed the psychological thriller Hannibal (2001), a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.
In 2006, Abbey directed The Departed, a crime-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Matt Damon. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Abbey's other notable films include Shutter Island (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and The Revenant (2015).
Abbey has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Director. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and has also received numerous honors from the French Academy of Cinema. He has been recognized as one of the most influential and successful filmmakers of his generation.
Clément Abbey continues to make highly acclaimed films, combining his unique vision with his mastery of the craft. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of our time.