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Elie Chouraqui

Film director, screenwriter and producer

"The great adventure when I was little was to come and walk on the boards"

"For me, stepping on these Deauville boards was like climbing the steps of the Cannes Festival, recalls Elie Chouraqui. There was something mysterious about Les Planches: I told myself that I was going to meet extraordinary people there, even things that I would not see anywhere else. "So the director portrays the Deauville of his childhood, the smile on the lips.


I had several eras in Deauville, he explains. The one, therefore, where I was small and came to Les Planches with my mother in particular, because my father worked a lot. Then, around 18-19, there was the time when I met Claude Leclouch who had just bought a manor house in Villers and who was already a star. It was the front arrival at Miocque, with convertible cars ... It was a surreal world for the little boy I was! Afterwards, there was the Deauville of my first pay, where I came with girls on weekends and looked for inexpensive hotels. It was the Deauville of the first loves, places where we hide, where we hope that it will not be sunny for three days to be able to stay inside ... It was the holidays two hours from Paris . Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, it was the Deauville of friendship, friends, reunions, large tables. There was the Festival du cinema which was starting again ... We came in September because there were fewer people, and then the late season is always beautiful here! ", Pleads this faithful Deauville."It is really a city, a village which marked my existence without that I really lived there, but which was always a point where had to beexpress a form of pleasure. "

Elie Chouraqui started in cinema as assistant director to Claude Lelouch, then to Claude Pinoteau (The Slap, 1974) and Yves Robert (An elephant cheats a lot, 1976). In 1978, Elie Chouraqui wrote, directed and produced his first film, My first love, which is a real success. His career is launched. Other feature films will follow in which he addresses the themes of his Jewish origins, human rights, freedom, love and hope. Hollywood opens its doors with the release in 1987 of the thriller Man on fire. In 1993, the director signs the comedy Marmotsthen the drama The Liars in 1995. In 2000, Elie Chouraqui mounted, with Pascal Obispo, the musical The ten Commandments. A year later, he returned to the cinema with Harrison's Flowers, Inspired by a True Story. In 2009, he directed comedy The one I love with Marc Lavoine.

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