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Alexandre Aja is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer French born on 7 august 1978 at Paris (France)

Alexandre Aja

Alexandre Aja
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Birth name Alexandre Jouan-Arcady
Nationality France
Birth 7 august 1978 (41 years) at Paris (France)

Alexandre Aja (born 7 August 1977) is a French film director who rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension (known as High Tension in the US, and known as Switchblade Romance in the UK). He has also directed the horror films The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Mirrors (2008) and Piranha 3D (2010).

Biography

Enfance
Né le 7 août 1978 à Paris, fils du cinéaste Alexandre Arcady et de la critique de cinéma Marie-Jo Jouan, Alexandre Jouan-Arcady rencontre au lycée Montaigne de Paris Grégory Levasseur, avec qui il partage des goûts communs pour le cinéma américain, les films d'horreur et le magazine Mad Movies.


Débuts
À l'âge de quatre ans, il fait sa première apparition dans le film noir de son père Le Grand Pardon (1982), puis, toujours suivant son père sous le pseudonyme d'Alexandre Jouan, il continue à endosser d'autres personnages dans Le Grand Carnaval (1983), L'Union sacrée (1989) et le dernier Le Grand Pardon 2 (1992) où il reprend le rôle d'Alexander Atlan.

En 1997, il écrit avec Grégory Levasseur et réalise son premier court-métrage Over the Rainbow, une comédie dramatique-épouvante de dix minutes en noir et blanc. Présenté en compétition officielle au Festival de Cannes sous le nom d'Alexandre Aja (les trois initiales de son identité civile), il y est nommé pour la Palme d'or du court métrage, ainsi que pour le Prix du Meilleur premier court métrage au Festival du Film international de Molodist.

Entre-temps, il est assistant réalisateur en seconde équipe dans les films de son père Là-bas... mon pays (2000), Entre chiens et loups (2002), pour lequel il coécrit avec son père et Grégory Levasseur, et Mariage mixte (2004).

Best films

Piranha 3D (2010)
(Director)

Usually with

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Filmography of Alexandre Aja (17 films)

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Actor

Why Horror?
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors John Carpenter, Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Rodrigo Gudiño, Simon Barrett, George A. Romero
Roles Interviewee
Rating61% 3.099933.099933.099933.099933.09993
The documentary follows horror movie fan and journalist Tal Zimerman as he tries to look at the reasons why people enjoy the horror genre. The genre is globally popular and is present in a wide variety of formats such as films, books, music, graphic novels, artwork, and video games, yet reactions to it can sometimes be polarized and in some instances Tal feels that the genre's fans are misunderstood. At the same time, Tal is conflicted over how he can be "disturbed by gruesome imagery showcased in the news, but thrives on blood and guts found in movies, books, music, graphic novels and video games" and as such sets out to try to find how horror affects his mind. For his research Tal interviews several different people, from genre filmmakers and writers to scientists and psychologists, to uncover why people enjoy horror and how perception, traditions, and beliefs help impact how horror is perceived and displayed in various countries and globally as a whole.
Le grand pardon 2, 2h7
Directed by Alexandre Arcady
Origin France
Genres Drama, Mob film, Crime
Themes Films about families, Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Roger Hanin, Richard Berry, Gérard Darmon, Christopher Walken, Jill Clayburgh, Jennifer Beals
Roles Alexander Atlan
Rating44% 2.2201652.2201652.2201652.2201652.220165
Le truand Raymond Bettoun, parrain d'une famille de caïds de la mafia juive, d'origine pieds-Noirs et Juifs, au sein du crime organisé français, sort de 10 ans de prison et rejoint son fils Maurice Bettoun à Miami en Floride. Ce dernier semble être devenu un honnête homme d'affaires. Pour réussir dans ses opérations immobilières, l'acquisition de l'île de Saruba, il va s'associer avec un trafiquant de drogue, Pasco Meisner.
L'union sacrée, 2h2
Directed by Alexandre Arcady
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about drugs, Films about religion, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Buddy films
Actors Richard Berry, Patrick Bruel, Bruno Cremer, Claude Brasseur, Saïd Amadis, Corinne Dacla
Roles l'enfant au skate
Rating58% 2.9332752.9332752.9332752.9332752.933275
À la fin des années 1980, Simon Atlan, flic juif pied-noir est à Sète pour faire arrêter un cargo dont l'équipage et le capitaine sont des trafiquants de drogue et d'armes. Parmi eux, Karim, un policier (en réalité lieutenant de la DGSE), musulman fils de harki, qui s'est infiltré.
Le Grand Carnaval, 2h10
Directed by Alexandre Arcady
Origin France
Genres Drama, War
Actors Philippe Noiret, Roger Hanin, Richard Berry, Peter Riegert, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Fiona Gélin
Roles Raphael
Rating53% 2.6997452.6997452.6997452.6997452.699745
Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, en 1942, les Américains débarquent en Algérie pour la bataille d'Afrique du Nord. Le débarquement se fait à proximité d'une petite ville nommée Tadjira. Cette sous-préfecture principalement composée de pieds-noirs et d'Algériens devra accueillir les soldats américains et vivre avec eux.
Le Grand pardon, 2h10
Directed by Alexandre Arcady
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism, Gangster films
Actors Roger Hanin, Richard Berry, Bernard Giraudeau, Robert Hossein, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gérard Darmon
Roles l'enfant
Rating57% 2.875122.875122.875122.875122.87512
Le film raconte l'histoire du clan Bettoun — avec à sa tête Raymond (le patriarche), Maurice (le fils), Jacky (le neveu), Roland (le neveu), Albert (le cousin de Raymond), Pépé (l'ami de Raymond) et Samy (le garde du corps) — un clan familial de la mafia juive pied-noire française qui évolue au sein du crime organisé. Le clan Bettoun à la mainmise sur la gestion de casinos, l'organisation de matchs de boxe et de jeux clandestins, le proxénétisme, le racket, et ne craint pas de maintenir son influence par des règlements de compte sanguinaires contre d'autres clans arabes et français.

Director

The 9th Life of Louis Drax, 1h48
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy
Actors Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey
Rating63% 3.1509753.1509753.1509753.1509753.150975
Le jour de son neuvième anniversaire, Louis Drax frôle la mort dans un accident. Bien décidé à connaitre les circonstances, le docteur Allan Pascal plonge dans une enquête qui va l'amener aux frontières du réel et du fantastique.
Horns
Horns (2013)
, 2h
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, James Remar, Kelli Garner, Sabrina Carpenter, Joe Anderson
Rating64% 3.247983.247983.247983.247983.24798
Ignatius "Ig" Perrish is the prime suspect when his girlfriend Merrin is raped and murdered. Despite his declarations of innocence, he is shunned by the community, and only his childhood friend and lawyer Lee seems to believe him. He stays with his parents and brother Terry, hiding from the press. After a vigil led by Merrin's father, who believes Ig to be guilty, Ig drinks heavily and wakes up with a pair of horns protruding from his head. While at his doctor to try and remove his horns, Ig, under anesthesia, dreams of his childhood, when he first met Merrin after the death of her mother. A young Ig and his friends play with cherry bombs near the docks; Ig risks a dangerous dare to win a cherry bomb, and nearly drowns, but is saved by Lee. He later trades the cherry bomb with Lee in exchange for fixing Merrin's broken necklace; however, Lee loses two fingers when the cherry bomb goes off accidentally. Ig and Merrin bond over the fixed necklace and fall in love, frequenting a treehouse in the woods together.
Piranha 3D
Piranha 3D (2010)
, 1h29
Directed by Joe Dante, Alexandre Aja
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Natural horror films, Comedy horror films, Disaster films, Film de catastrophe animalière
Actors Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen
Rating53% 2.699442.699442.699442.699442.69944
Fisherman Matt Boyd (Richard Dreyfuss) is fishing in Lake Victoria when a small earthquake hits, splitting the lake floor and causing a whirlpool. Boyd falls in, and is ripped apart by a shoal of piranhas that emerge from the chasm.
Mirrors
Mirrors (2008)
, 1h51
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Demons in film, Ghost films
Actors Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce, Mary Beth Peil, John Shrapnel
Rating61% 3.0500153.0500153.0500153.0500153.050015
A security guard is running through a subway station, he eventually enters a room he cannot escape from and starts begging his reflection in a mirror for his life. Suddenly, his reflection cuts its throat with a mirror shard, killing the "real" security guard.
The Hills Have Eyes, 1h47
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Serial killer films, Rape and revenge films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd, Robert Joy
Rating63% 3.199033.199033.199033.199033.19903
A group of scientists are killed by a mutant named Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith). Later, Bob Carter (Ted Levine) and his wife, Ethel Carter (Kathleen Quinlan) are traveling from Cleveland, Ohio to San Diego, California for their silver anniversary. With them are their teenage children Bobby (Dan Byrd), and Brenda (Emilie de Ravin), eldest daughter Lynn (Vinessa Shaw), Lynn's husband Doug Bukowski (Aaron Stanford), their baby daughter Catherine (Maisie Camilleri Preziosi), and their German Shepherds, Beauty and Beast.
High Tension, 1h31
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Oana Pellea, Jean-Claude de Goros
Rating67% 3.399473.399473.399473.399473.39947
The film begins with a woman wearing a hospital gown, whispering to herself. Her back is revealed, showing sutures from injuries all over her back. The scene cuts to a woman who runs from something unknown to a road near a forest. She stops a car, screaming, begging for help, when her hand is revealed, covered in blood from a wound on her stomach.
Furia
Furia (1999)
, 1h30
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Romance
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Stanislas Merhar, Marion Cotillard, Pierre Vaneck, Wadeck Stanczak, Jean-Claude de Goros, Carlo Brandt
Rating56% 2.807972.807972.807972.807972.80797
Dans un futur proche, et un pays soumis à une dictature policière, la liberté d'expression a été jugulée. Elle est devenue condamnable. A vingt ans, Théo refuse cet état de fait et chaque nuit, exprime sa révolte en dessinant sur les murs, au risque d'être arrêté et tué. Un soir, il fait ainsi la connaissance de Freddy mais surtout d'Elia, une fille de résistant qui comme lui, a la passion du dessin subversif. Leur idylle se renforce au gré de leurs virées nocturnes jusqu'au jour où Elia est arrêtée...
Over the Rainbow, 10minutes
Directed by Grégory Levasseur, Alexandre Aja
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Jean Benguigui, Jean-Claude de Goros, Anne Zamberlan
Rating66% 3.324873.324873.324873.324873.32487
Le gardien de l'immeuble, timide, n'osant toujours pas s'approcher de Lisa, une des locataires, rencontre un fleuriste aveugle qui va lui donner un coup de main.

Scriptwriter

Maniac
Maniac (2012)
, 1h29
Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Akbar Kurtha, Liane Balaban, Zoe Aggeliki
Roles Writer
Rating60% 3.0493053.0493053.0493053.0493053.049305
Frank Zito is a mentally disturbed young man who has taken over his family's mannequin sales business after the recent death of his mother, who also moonlighted as a prostitute. Frank's childhood experiences of seeing his mother bring home clients or being taken out with her to turn tricks has left Frank unable to enter into meaningful relationships with women, and his sexual impulses tend to manifest themselves as violent urges that Frank externalizes as his mother's will. Struggling to come to grips with his mother's treatment of him, and spurred by memories of his mother brushing her hair before going out at night, Frank stalks, murders, and scalps a woman one night, attaching her hair to a mannequin that he then keeps in his bedroom.
Piranha 3D
Piranha 3D (2010)
, 1h29
Directed by Joe Dante, Alexandre Aja
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Natural horror films, Comedy horror films, Disaster films, Film de catastrophe animalière
Actors Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen
Rating53% 2.699442.699442.699442.699442.69944
Fisherman Matt Boyd (Richard Dreyfuss) is fishing in Lake Victoria when a small earthquake hits, splitting the lake floor and causing a whirlpool. Boyd falls in, and is ripped apart by a shoal of piranhas that emerge from the chasm.