French director/writer Alexandre Aja
makes his American film debut with THE HILLS HAVE EYES. His 2004 French horror/slasher film HIGH TENSION produced such a sensation at the Toronto International Film Festival that Lion's Gate Films swiftly decided to give the film a wide release in the United States. The film was nominated for grand prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and earned Aja awards for best direction and best fantasy film at the Catalonian International Film Festival. In 2004, Aja was named to the Variety -- Ten Directors To Watch list.
His first feature, FURIA, was nominated for a Fantasporto International Fantasy Award for best film. When Aja was 18, his short film OVER THE RAINBOW received a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film.
Aja is the son of director Alexandre Arcady and French cinema critic Marie-Jo Jouan. His wife is Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi (MAROCK).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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