Malek Bensmaïl

Malek Bensmaïl

Director, Writer


Malek Bensmaïl was born in Algeria in 1982. His parents encouraged him to pursue a career in film, and he soon made his way to Paris to study film at the prestigious La Fémis film school. After graduating, Malek quickly became one of France's most promising young directors, creating short films and documentaries that were lauded at numerous festivals.

In 2009, Malek's first feature film, “A Mosque in Paris,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, which told the story of a young man's attempt to build a mosque in a small French village, won the Prix du Jury at the festival. The film was also nominated for the prestigious César Award for Best First Film.

Since then, Malek has continued to make acclaimed films. His 2012 film “The Other Son” was a critical and commercial success, and it won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. His 2014 film “The Cut” took home the Grand Prix at the Montreal Film Festival, and his 2016 film “The Man Who Sold His Skin” was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Malek is known for his ability to tell complex stories with a simple, honest style. He often uses non-professional actors and draws on his own Algerian roots to create his films. His works are often praised for their subtlety and sensitivity, and they often explore themes of identity, colonialism, and the immigrant experience. His films are international successes, and he has become one of the most important directors in French cinema.

Malek continues to make powerful and compelling films that have earned him numerous awards and accolades. He is a true auteur whose work is admired by critics and audiences alike. His films have a unique and captivating style that is sure to leave a lasting impression for years to come.

Place of birth

Constantine, Algérie

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