Born in 1960, Tunis. Screenwriter and director, started out as an actor, giving his screen debut in 1984 in Mint Tea.
As a director he began with Blame It on Voltaire, about an idealistic immigrant in Paris; the film won a Golden Lion for Best Debut at Venice, among other awards. Three years later he followed this up with Games of Love and Chance, which brought him five French César awards.
The film The Secret of the Grain was completed and premiered in 2007, earning four Césars (Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay and Actress in a Leading Role), the Special Jury Prize at the Venice festival and several other awards. His fourth feature film, Black Venus, also competed at Venice. (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)