“Ibrahim”, the first feature film by Samir Guesmi, is released on screens this Wednesday, preceded by the Cannes 2020 Label, and several prizes at the Angoulême Festival. Focus on its director, and actor, with the impressive filmography … of 80 films!
New adventure for Samir Guesmi! This Wednesday, the actor with the long filmography of 80 films (not counting his roles in series, TV films and on the boards) is releasing his first feature film, as a screenwriter (co-written with Camille Lugan) and director.
Ibrahim, the name of this film and its hero (the revelation Abdel Bendaher), has benefited from the Cannes 2020 Label, and is crowned with several awards at the Francophone Film Festival held last August.
This modest and delicate film, where the question of filiation occupies a large place – which Samir Guesmi dedicates in particular to his father -, is preceded by very good echoes.
The life of young Ibrahim is divided between his father, Ahmed (Samir Guesmi), a scaler at the Royal Opera brewery, serious and reserved, and his friend from technical high school, Achille, older than him and a specialist in bad shots.
It is precisely because of one of them that Ahmed’s dream of regaining dignity is shattered when he has to settle the bill for a theft committed by his son that has gone awry. Relations are strained but Ibrahim then decides to take all the risks to repair his fault …
Samir Guesmi’s screen debut dates back to 1987: after having trained in several theater classes, he played for the first time in Jaune revolver, a detective film starring Sandrine Bonnaire and François Cluzet. After a few small roles (including IP5 by Jean-Jacques Beineix), recognition came seven years later with Malik le maudit in 1994. He received the Michel Simon prize for this film and the interpretation prize at the Amiens Festival.
He also has a career in the theater. In the cinema, his career is divided between supporting roles in police action films (Anthony Zimmer, 2005), participations in author films such as Violence des exchanges en milieu tempéré (2004), According to Charlie (2006) or Mon colonel (2006) and films for larger audiences such as Banlieue 13 or RRRrrrr !!!, the comedy directed by Alain Chabat.
The actor stands out especially on the short film side by participating in the productions of filmmakers including Erick Zonca and Guillaume Nicloux. In 2008, he played the role of the receptionist in the Oscar-winning short film Le Mozart des pickpockets by Philippe Pollet-Villard.
A regular in the detective genre and the small screen, he also appears in the credits of the French television series Engrenages where he plays a feared and respected drug trafficker, he who had one of his first roles in Julie Lescaut in 1994. Qu ‘ he lends his features to a policeman, a worker or a mobster, Samir Guesmi is now – and this even if he is rarely a headliner – an actor known to the French public.
After the success of Tell No One in 2008, in which he played a commissioner in pursuit of François Cluzet, he made increasingly varied choices of films. He appears in Ca $ h, a detective comedy with Jean Dujardin, then leaves for the Cannes Film Festival thanks to A Christmas Tale, a family drama by Arnaud Desplechin with a three-star cast. In the same year, he played one of the main roles in Leur morale … et la ours alongside André Dussollier and Victoria Abril and in the new dramatic comedy by Bruno Podalydès entitled Bancs publics (Versailles right bank).
Cultivating his penchant for the great authors of cinema, Samir Guesmi turns with Claude Miller (I am happy that my mother is alive, 2009) and Rachid Bouchareb (Hors-la-loi, 2010). After having rubbed shoulders with Benoît Magimel (The Lawyer), Benoît Poelvoorde (My Worst Nightmare), Ethan Hawke (La Femme du Vème) and Laura Morante (The Cherry on the Cake), this familiar face of French cinema finds Bruno Podalydes and Cannes, with Adieu Berthe or granny’s funeral (2012), presented at the Directors’ Fortnight.
Samir Guesmi continues his career at an ever-increasing pace. We can see it in Camille redoubles in boyfriend of Noémie Lvovsky, which knows a significant public success. He also re-teamed with Sólveig Anspach for Queen of Montreuil and L’Effet Aquatique, testifying at the same time to his taste for eccentric dramatic comedies. This does not prevent him from playing one of the friends of the indebted peasant Guillaume Canet in Au nom de la terre, a realistic rural drama. Or to participate in more conventional comedies such as La Mélodie and