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Saïd Amadis

Since shooting The Nativity Story, Said Amadis has starred in A Few Days in September with Juliette Binoche, John Turturro and Nick Nolte at the request of director Santiago Amigorena.

In Philip Haas' angry feature about Iraq War, The Situation, Said Amadis embodied a duplicitous sheik, along with Connie Nielsen. His international success comes after a conquest of France where he made a lasting impression with his incarnation of the disturbing terrorist Ali Radjani, with Richard Berry and Patrick Bruel in Alexandre Arcady's Brothers in Arms. The episode underscored an already strong relationship with the distinguished director and lead to Return to Algiers where his character, an Algerian government official, tracks down Antoine de Caunes' in the heat of the Algerian war of independence. This was familiar territory to Amadis, as he was born in Algeria, then raised in France.

Playing Shakespeare, Brecht, Racine, de Musset, his career as an actor took off at drama school, as he began to work with prestigious directors such as Roger Planchon, Jacques Rosner, Mathias Langhoff and Marcel Marechal. His charismatic appearance and resonant voice opened the way for a career in motion pictures. Soon Amadis appeared in Alain Corneau's Fort Saganne, alongside Gérard Depardieu and Sophie Marceau — whom he joined again when Andrejz Zulawski called on him to portray a dangerous and disturbing mob boss in l'Amour Braque.

Said Amadis also has a strong presence on TV with leading guest appearances on a spectrum of European productions. A man of many talents, he is also a playwright and a novelist (La loi des Incroyants was published by Plon in 1995) and composes music for ballet and the theatre.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Saïd Amadis Facts


Selected Filmography

The Nativity Story
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies
Andrzej Zulawski's L'Amour Braque
The Situation
Killer Kid
Killer Kid by Marc de Jonge
Syriana/Ocean's Twelve
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