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Élie Semoun is a Actor, Director and Author French born on 16 october 1963 at Antony (France)

Élie Semoun

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Birth name Élie Semhoun
Nationality France
Birth 16 october 1963 (59 years) at Antony (France)

Élie Semoun (born Élie Semhoun in 16 October 1963) is a French comedian, actor, director, writer and singer of Moroccan origin.

Biography

Élie Semoun was born in France to a Jewish family of Moroccan origin. In 1980 at the age of 17, Semoun wrote two collections of poems and two plays. Beginning in 1988, he had regular appearances on the television series Vivement lundi! on TF1, where he played a horse mounted on rollers.

His comedy career began in 1990 with his partner Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, with whom he wrote and performed daring, skits with scathing takes generally taboo subjects such as racism and poverty, often playing up contrasts between himself and his partner in terms of origin, color, and religion.

Their first show was held at Café de la Gare in 1991. The duo acquired a certain notoriety in 1992 after several appearances on their fellow comedian Arthur's show Emission Impossible, where they were noticed for their particularly corrosive sketches. They followed this up with one success after another at Le Splendid Theater, Paris's Palais des glaces, and at Casino de Paris. Élie and Dieudonné formed one of the most popular comic duos of the 1990s.

In 1997 the duo split due to artistic and financial differences. Élie resented how Dieudonné handled their relations with the media and admitted that he was unhappy that his friend had turned towards film (and that he left to appear in the United States) and antisemitism. Dieudonné managed the financial aspects of their career, and Semoun felt their money was not divided equitably.

Breaking out on his own, Semoun continued his success with Petites Annonces d'Élie (which had been at first intended to be a show with Dieudonné) alongside his friend the actor Franck Dubosc. Once again his performance was promoted by his friend on the show Les Enfants de la télé (France) Inspired by actual classified ads recorded by them in a van, the "Petites Annonces d'Élie" (Élie's Classified Ads) are seen through the character of Cyprian, a repulsive looking man searching for a "busty blond".

Semoun went back on stage with a one man show, Élie and Semoun. He supported Bertrand Delanoë during Paris's municipal elections of 2001 and Lionel Jospin during the presidential election of 2002. In 2003, he released an album of French songs called simply "Chansons". In early 2005, he performed in a show (co-authored with Franck Dubosc and Muriel Robin entitled Élie Semoun se prend pour qui?

Élie Semoun maintained in the years following his separation with Dieudonné a complex and strained relationship with his former partner. First strained, then reconciled, they have again grown apart during the public controversy aroused by the political stances of Dieudonné. "Some have speculated on the reunion of our duo, but I must tell you that this is clearly out of the question! It's over.". In 2012, he declared that the Dieudonné he knew and the Dieudonné of today appear to him like two completely different people, and he is unable to reconcile them in his mind.

An album entitled Sur le fil (On the Edge), was released on March 19, 2007. He brought in new guest stars, such as Alexandre Astier and Bérénice Bejo. The skits are always written by Élie Semoun and Franck Dubosc, but this time assisted by comedian Manu Payet.

Élie performed his show Élie Semoun se prend pour qui? for the last time on June 16, 2007 in Doué-la-Fontaine at the Festival d'Anjou.

In 2007, he signed a petition disagreeing with Ségolène Royal and participated in several meetings against the Socialist candidate with his friend Bertrand Delanoë.

Best films

Usually with

Chris Wedge
Chris Wedge
(7 films)
Godi
Godi
(3 films)
Zidrou
Zidrou
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Élie Semoun (58 films)

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Ducoboo 3
Ducoboo 3 (2020)

Directed by Élie Semoun
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Élie Semoun, Émilie Caen, Frédérique Bel, François Levantal, Jérémy Ferrari, Gérard Jugnot
Roles Gustave Latouche / Ghislaine Latouche
Rating47% 2.3813852.3813852.3813852.3813852.381385
C'est la rentrée à l'école Saint-Potache, mais l'élève Ducobu, connu comme étant le maître absolu de la triche, va avoir, pour la première fois de sa vie, un solide concurrent, en la personne d'un élève surnommé TGV, un tricheur 2.0. Pendant ce temps, les finances de l'école sont désastreuses et il faut vite trouver un moyen pour la sauver. C'est là que se présente une vraie aubaine : un concours de chant pour enfants auquel vont participer Ducobu, Léonie Gratin et TGV qui vont faire tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour remporter le concours, quitte à exercer leur art de la triche.
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion
Directed by Alexandre Astier, Louis Clichy
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Asterix films, Buddy films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Christian Clavier, Daniel Mesguich, Alex Lutz, Alexandre Astier, Élie Semoun, Guillaume Briat
Roles Cubitus (voice)
Rating67% 3.358573.358573.358573.358573.35857
Pour la première fois de sa vie, Panoramix manque de se tuer en tombant d'un arbre alors qu'il cueillait du gui. Se retrouvant avec un pied dans le plâtre, Panoramix réalise qu'il met le village en danger en gardant pour lui seul le secret de la potion magique. Il décide donc de partir à la recherche d'un successeur, à la surprise totale du village. Afin de ne pas se tromper dans le choix du prochain druide, il demande l'aide d'Astérix et Obélix pour l'accompagner, et contacte les autres druides de Gaule en envoyant un message par des sangliers.
Looking for Teddy
Directed by Philippe Mechelen
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Jeu, Films about toys
Actors Kad Merad, Malik Bentalha, Guy Marchand, Romain Lancry, David Salles, Isabelle Sadoyan
Roles Gouthard
Rating53% 2.679482.679482.679482.679482.67948
Michel a perdu le doudou de sa fille à l’aéroport de Roissy. Il dépose un avis de recherche avec une récompense. Sofiane, employé à l’aéroport, y voit l’occasion de se faire un peu d’argent et prétend avoir retrouvé la peluche. Le mensonge révélé, Michel et Sofiane se lancent malgré tout sur les traces du doudou. Une mission plus compliquée que prévu...
Les Déguns, 1h31
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes La provence
Actors Joseph Malerba, Chantal Ladesou, Élie Semoun, Biyouna, Catherine Benguigui, Cyril Hanouna
Roles l'homme au cyclo
Rating34% 1.710691.710691.710691.710691.71069
Karim et Nono, deux « déguns » des quartiers de Marseille, sont enfermés dans un camp de redressement militaire après un cambriolage. Il réussissent à s'évader et partent sur les routes de France pour retrouver la petite amie de Karim à Saint-Tropez. Leur voyage sera fait de rencontre plus délirantes les unes que les autres.
Neuilly sa mère, sa mère !, 1h42
Directed by Gabriel Julien-Laferrière
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes La banlieue française, Films about families
Actors Samy Seghir, Jérémy Denisty, Denis Podalydès, Joséphine Japy, Chloé Coulloud, Farida Khelfa
Roles Tapiro
Rating52% 2.6485052.6485052.6485052.6485052.648505
En 2008, Sami Benboudaoud quittait la cité Maurice-Ravel à Châlon-sur-Saône pour habiter chez sa tante à Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Ice Age: Collision Course, 1h34
Directed by Mike Thurmeier
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Space adventure films, Films about families, La préhistoire, Dans l'espace, Comedy science fiction films, Animaux préhistoriques, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Children's films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Chris Wedge, John Leguizamo, Keke Palmer, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott
Roles Sid
Rating56% 2.812642.812642.812642.812642.81264
Scrat va dans l'espace et provoque la collision entre deux planètes, ce qui crée un astéroïde filant droit vers la Terre. Manny, Sid, Diego et le reste de la bande vont devoir fuir leur chez-soi. Buck, la belette de L'Âge de glace 3, est de retour. Nos héros vont voyager vers des terres exotiques et rencontreront une ribambelle de personnages hauts en couleurs, tels que le spirituel Shangri Lama.
A Village Almost Perfect!, 1h30
Directed by Stéphane Meunier
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Didier Bourdon, Carmen Maura, Denis Podalydès, Lorànt Deutsch, Élie Semoun, Annie Grégorio
Roles Denis
Rating58% 2.9238652.9238652.9238652.9238652.923865
Saint-Loin-la-Mauderne est un petit village pyrénéen charmant, mais isolé et en proie à l'abandon depuis la fermeture de l'usine qui faisait travailler la quasi totalité des habitants. Tous, y compris le maire, vivent des minimas sociaux. Un espoir renaît lorsque l'Union européenne propose une aide pour implanter une nouvelle entreprise. Seule condition: avoir un médecin en poste au village. Le maire et les villageois entreprennent des recherches pour recruter ce nouveau médecin, en vain. Mais une nuit, un policier municipal originaire du village va effectuer un contrôle routier sur un jeune médecin parisien qui souhaite embrasser la carrière de chirurgien esthétique. Pris avec une petite quantité de drogue, un « marché » est passé: le policier municipal passe l'éponge si le médecin vient faire une période d'essai au village. Le maire et les habitants feront tout pour rendre le village le plus accueillant possible, afin que le docteur s'installe définitivement. Convertir le terrain de rugby en terrain de cricket, sport favori du médecin, mettre en plat du jour du seul restaurant du village son plat favori, écouter ses conversations téléphoniques pour en savoir plus sur ses intentions, tout y passe.
Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods, 1h25
Directed by Alexandre Astier, Louis Clichy
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Asterix films, Political films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Roger Carel, Guillaume Briat, Lionnel Astier, Alexandre Astier, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Florence Foresti
Roles Cubitus (voice)
Rating68% 3.4464653.4464653.4464653.4464653.446465
In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.
Les Francis, 1h25
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Claudia Cardinale, Lannick Gautry, Élie Semoun, Jacques Dutronc, Medi Sadoun, Alice David
Roles lieutenant de gendarmerie Martineau
Rating44% 2.228972.228972.228972.228972.22897
Un western moderne : Jeff, Medhi, Seb et Willy, 35 ans partent en Corse pour Fozzano. Ces quatre amis d'enfance sont liés par une promesse mais se retrouvent victimes d'un quiproquo dès leur arrivée sur l'île de Beauté. Le voyage qui se voulait initiatique se transforme en course poursuite infernale.
Serial (Bad) Weddings, 1h37
Directed by Philippe de Chauveron
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Films about immigration, Films about racism, Films about religion, La précarité, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films about Islam, Films about marriage
Actors Christian Clavier, Frédérique Bel, Ary Abittan, Émilie Caen, Chantal Lauby, Élie Semoun
Roles Psychologist
Rating69% 3.4892553.4892553.4892553.4892553.489255
Claude Verneuil, a Gaullist notary, and his wife Marie, a Catholic bourgeois from Chinon, are parents of four daughters: Isabelle, Odile, Ségolène, and Laure. The three eldest are already married to men, each one of a different religion and a different 'ethnic' origin: Isabelle married Rashid Ben Assem, a Muslim Arab, Odile married David Benichou, a Sephardi Jew, and Ségolène married Chao Ling, a Chinese man. The Verneuils pretend to accept their sons-in-laws but have had a hard time hiding their comfortability in accepting people into the family from outside the community. A family meeting is spoiled because of the awkwardness and clichés about race and religion, stated as much by the father as by the sons-in-laws who even exchange insulting communitarist views to and about each other.
Khumba
Khumba (2013)
, 1h25
Origin South africa
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds
Actors Jake Toranzo Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Liam Neeson, Ben Vereen, Phil LaMarr, Laurence Fishburne
Roles Papa suricate
Rating56% 2.807162.807162.807162.807162.80716
A half-striped zebra named Khumba (Jake T. Austin) is born into an insular isolated herd of all-striped zebras where his mother is Lungisa (Anika Noni Rose) and his father is Seko (Laurence Fishburne). Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and before long he is blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo. As he matures, Khumba remains ostracized by most of the herd with the exception of Tombi (AnnaSophia Robb), a female zebra friend close in age and uncomfortable in the herd due to her tomboyish manners.
Ice Age: Continental Drift, 1h28
Directed by Mike Thurmeier, Steve Martino
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Pirate films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about apes, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films set in Atlantis
Actors John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Chris Wedge, Denis Leary, Peter Dinklage, Queen Latifah
Roles Sid
Rating64% 3.247653.247653.247653.247653.24765
While Scrat inadvertently causes the break up of Pangaea, Manny and Ellie are forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of their teenage daughter Peaches, who has trouble fitting in with her peers. Ellie tries to support her daughter, but Manny becomes exceedingly over-protective. Peaches' friend Louis, a molehog, tries to warn her as she tries to approach a mammoth named Ethan on whom she has a crush. Meanwhile, Sid's family returns, but only long enough to drop off the elderly Granny before abandoning them both. Manny catches Peaches sneaking off to meet Ethan, and leading to an argument and their estrangement. Shortly after, a continental break-up separates Manny from the herd. Trapped on a moving chunk of ice with Sid, Granny, and Diego, Manny has no choice but to ride out the current. Meanwhile, a giant land shift encroaches on Ellie, Peaches, and those remaining on land, causing them to make their way toward the land bridge.
Ducoboo 2: Crazy Vacation, 1h33
Directed by Philippe de Chauveron
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education, Films about families, Le thème des vacances, Children's films
Actors Élie Semoun, Joséphine de Meaux, Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Bruno Salomone, Helena Noguerra, Edgar Givry
Roles Gustave Latouche / Ghislaine Latouche
Rating44% 2.2081752.2081752.2081752.2081752.208175
Alors que Ducobu pense passer des vacances tranquilles, son père lui annonce qu'ils passeront tout ce temps libre en compagnie de la famille Gratin. Léonie et sa mère imposent rapidement leur rythme… Et pour comble de malheur, Ducobu tombe sur monsieur Latouche et mademoiselle Rateau, qui passent leurs vacances en amoureux.
Porn in the Hood, 1h35
Directed by Franck Gastambide
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes La banlieue française, Films about sexuality, Films about pornography
Actors Ramzy Bedia, Franck Gastambide, Jib Pocthier, Medi Sadoun, Alice Belaïdi, Pom Klementieff
Roles Elie Semoun
Rating53% 2.679042.679042.679042.679042.67904
Mousten, Abdelkrim and Momo have been friends since childhood and they have never left their hometown, Melun. They have the same problems: singles, without motivation or ambition. The film follows their desperate attempts to get into the porn industry with the purpose of making easy money.
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise, 1h32
Directed by Benoît "Ben" Stassen
Origin Belgique
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'une tortue, Children's films, Reptile
Actors Franck Dubosc, Billy Unger, IU (아이유), Pat Carroll, Kaitlyn Maher, Dino Andrade
Roles Ray
Rating56% 2.809172.809172.809172.809172.80917
Sammy and Ray are supervising their new offspring, when seagulls attack them and both Sammy and Ray and two of their grandchildren Ella and Ricky are captured on trawler. While Ella and Ricky are separated and sent to the seabed, Sammy and Ray are taken to an aquarium with Lulu, a lobster with dissociative identity disorder and Jimbo a bug-eyed blobfish. Escape plans are run and tried by the leading seahorse Big D. Ella and Ricky set out with Annabel and Margaret, the pink octopus mother and daughter in order to rescue their grandfathers, getting chased by a pair of barracudas when they get there. After much communication trouble, Ella and Ricky interpret from Sammy that in order to escape the aquarium several squids expel ink into the ventilation system, while all the aquarium inhabitants play dead. Before initiating the escape plan, Sammy and Ray get the tyrannical Big D out of the way. The reluctant aquarium manager opens the emergency doors allowing all sea creatures out to freedom.