BIOGRAPHY

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Steve Suissa born December 7, 1970 in Paris, is a French producer, director, director, screenwriter and actor.

After an acting career where he played in around thirty films and television films and around twenty plays, he became a director with a first film L'Envol, released in 2000. At the same time, he staged around fifty plays theater .

 

Childhood and education

Born in Paris in the heart of the Faubourg Montmartre, Steve Suissa grew up in a Jewish family2 in one of the working class neighborhoods of the capital. Raised by his grandparents, he watches his illiterate grandfather work tirelessly.

As a teenager, he spent his time on the terrace of the Café des Folies, opposite the Folies Bergère. He sees dancers, artists parade. He perceives the contours of the theater. It is by observing these daily scenes that he decides to work in this world, that of the spectacle. However, his family strongly opposes it. So the young man goes to work at Rungis where he unloads tons of meat in the evening for a few dozen francs. This allows him to pay for his acting lessons.

Steve Suissa entered Cours Florent in 1989 with the intention of starting an acting career.

Career

From 1990, Steve Suissa multiplied the shootings in the cinema (New wave, Nine months, Serial Lover) and also on television; he thus turns about thirty telefilms in supporting roles.

 

In 1998, he created his production house Les Films de l'Espoir. From then on, Steve Suissa will produce plays, The Kiss of the widow of Israel Horovitz or Barefoot in the park of Neil Simon, for which Béatrice Agenin was named to Molières in the Actress category in a supporting role.

 

In 1999, he co-produced and directed his first feature film, L'Envol, which won numerous awards, including the award for directing and the awards for female and male interpretation at the Moscow International Film Festival. During the ten years which follow, he connects the cinematographic productions, Le Grand Rôle, Cavalcade, Mensch, which obtains the Prize for the best scenario at the Sarlat Festival. He works for television: Stalked, Too full of love. He discovered and supported a pool of young talents such as Isabelle Carré, Clément Sibony, Marion Cotillard, Lorànt Deutsch, Bérénice Bejo, Titoff, Nicolas Cazalé.

Steve Suissa also directed Le Mystère Bizet at the Opéra Bastille, and La Flûte enchantée by Mozart for Opéra en plein air.

 

In 2012, Steve Suissa ceased to be a former student of Francis Huster to become his director. He thus stages the actor in Bronx, from Chazz Palminteri to Bouffes-Parisiens. The duo then took charge of the Rive Gauche theater in Paris. The two artists work together on Anne Frank's Diary by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, 250 sold-out performances and a tour of 80 cities. And The Clash of Bill C. Davis. 300 performances and a tour of 90 dates, where Francis Huster shares the poster with Davy Sardou, who obtains for this play the Molière of the actor in a supporting role.

 

Between 2013 and 2016, Steve Suissa staged no less than fifteen plays with his accomplice and privileged partner Francis Huster, but also with Marianne James (Miss Carpenter3), Martin Lamotte (The Guitrys4), Claire Keim, Jean-Claude Dreyfus (La betrayal of Einstein5), Michel Sardou (Si on recommencais6), Jean-Luc Reichmann (Hibernatus7) or Clémentine Célarié (24 hours of a woman's life8).

In 2014 he directed at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées If we start again? a creation by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with among others Michel Sardou and Félix Beaupérin, nominated in Molières in the male theatrical Revelation category, after having presented at the Théâtre Rive Gauche La Trahison d'Einstein, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with Francis Huster and Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Georges and Georges by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with in particular Davy Sardou and Alexandre Brasseur, then Le Joueur d'écchecs, by Stefan Zweig, adaptation of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with Francis Huster, appointed to Molières in the Alone on stage category.

At the start of the 2015 school year, he signed the staging of Avanti! by Samuel A. Taylor, adapted by Dominique Piat, in which he directs notably Francis Huster, Ingrid Chauvin, and Thierry Lopez, nominated in Molières in the actor category in a supporting role.

In September 2016, Steve Suissa signs the production of Laurent Ruquier's new play Right to left, with Régis Laspalès and once again Francis Huster. The success was such that the play remained on the bill at the Théâtre des Variétés throughout the 2016/2017 season.

Meanwhile, he creates on a boat in Venice the show Passionately Toscanini with Francis Huster and the musician Giovanni Bellucci, and continues with a big project on the life of the piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz, where music mixes with the great pianist Claire -Marie Le Guay, cinema with scrolling images, and the life of Horowitz, interpreted by Francis Huster.

He is also the founder of the 1st French theater festival in Israel which took place between October 22 and 30, 2017 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem9. This first edition of the festival made it possible to present 5 representations of French-speaking shows, including Unknown at this address with Thierry Lhermitte and Francis Huster, L'être ou pas with Pierre Arditi and Daniel Russo, Horowitz the pianist of the century with Francis Huster and Claire- Marie Le Guay and the last show by François-Xavier Demaison. The public was there, since the plays were all sold out.

Same success for the second edition held from October 23 to 31, 2018, this time in 4 cities of Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Ashdod, where the public warmly welcomed Richard Berry, Patrick Timsit, Fanny Cottençon, Andréa Bescond and Francis Huster.

In parallel, he staged two creations in 2018:

 

Ich bin Charlotte by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize for dramatic text) at the Théâtre du Chêne Noir for the Festival d'Avignon with Thierry Lopez, who alone plays around thirty characters, resumed at the start of the autumn at the Théâtre de Poche-Montparnasse.

 

Laurent Ruquier renews his confidence by proposing him the staging of his last play. As long as he is happy, with Francis Huster, Fanny Cottençon and Louis Le Barazer, playing at the Antoine Theater.

 

For the past few months, he has also been the author, producer and director of religious programs on Sunday morning Judaism on France Télévisions. He created and implemented a new concept on worship and culture: "Originally. The first show in this series aired on Sunday September 8, 2018, the day before Rosh Hashana 5779.

 

2019 was an exceptional year for Steve Suissa with the staging of 6 shows: Transmission with Francis Huster and Valentin De Carbonnières, Samia with Malyka R.Johany, Fleurs de Soleil after the text by Simon Wiesenthal with Thierry Lhermitte, Bronx with Francis Huster, Le Temps d'un Violon with Cécile Bens' and Le plus beau dans tout ça by Laurent Ruquier, with Régis Laspalès.

 

And as every year now, the third edition of the French Theater Festival in Israel was held during the All Saints holidays, which was held from October 27 to 31, 2019 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and always welcomed Ary as warmly Abittan for his show My Story, Richard Berry for Plaidoiries II, Francis Huster for Bronx and Thierry Lhermitte for the world premiere of Fleurs de Soleil.

 

To conclude this incredible year, Steve Suissa opened a theater school in Israel, School M, in Tel Aviv, Netanya and Ashdod.

 

 

Filmography

Director

2000 : L'Envol

2001 : Elle pleure pas

2002 : Traquée (TV)

2003 : L'Amour dangereux

2003 : Trop plein d'amour (TV)

2004 : Le Grand Rôle

2005 : Cavalcade

2009 : Mensch

 

Producer

2000 : L'Envol

2002 : Comme si de rien n'était

2004 : Le Grand Rôle

Scenarist

2000 : L'Envol

2000 : La Bonne Attitude, written in collaboration with Marco Koskas

2001 : Elle pleure pas

2001 : Famille et autres supplices

2002 : Traquée (TV)

2003 : Trop plein d'amour (TV)

2003 : Regarde-moi, adapted of the roman of Catherine Diament

2004 : Le Grand Rôle

2005 : Cavalcade

2006 : Victor Young Perez written with Stéphane Cabel

2009 : Mensch

2011 : La mémoire du sang, written in collaboration with Frédéric Petitjean

Actor

1990 : Nouvelle Vague of Jean-Luc Godard : Le serveur restaurant

1991 : La Tribu

1994 : Neuf mois of Patrick Braoudé : Ambulance man

1995 : L'Affaire Dreyfus (TV) : L'aide de camp Mercier

1996 : Nous sommes tous des anges : Un Italien

1997 : Le Roi en son moulin (TV) : Aupestre

1997 : Clueur

1997 : Amour et Confusions of Patrick Braoudé : Guard

1998 : Serial Lover of James Huth

1998 : Ronin of John Frankenheimer : Waiter in Nice

2000 : L'Envol of Steve Suissa : Joseph

2002 : Une employée modèle : Le rocker

2002 : Traquée (TV) of Steve Suissa : Julien

2003 : Comme si de rien n'était of Pierre-Olivier Mornas : Benoit

2003 : Le Bison (et sa voisine Dorine) of Isabelle Nanty : Garçon sitcom

2003 : De soie et de cendre (TV) : Roberto

2004 : Le Grand Rôle of Steve Suissa : Doron

2005 : Trois couples en quête d'orages : Cances

2005 : Edy of Stéphan Guérin-Tillié : Le client du bar

2005 : Cavalcade : Antoine

2005 : Zooloo : Nemo

2009 : Un homme et son chien of Francis Huster

2009 : Mensch of Steve Suissa : Joseph Hazak

2013 : Victor Young Perez : Benjamin Perez

2018 : Obsession of Jacques Ouaniche

2019 : Rendez-vous chez les Malawa, of James Huth

Short Films

2000 : On s’embrasse ? of Pierre-Olivier Mornas (producer)

2000 : Les petits chevaux of Pierre-Olivier Mornas (producer)

2001 : L’Écharpe of Éric Le Roux (producer)

2001 : Elle pleure pas of Steve Suissa

2001 : Ce qui compte pour Mathilde of Stéphanie Murat (producer)

2003 : Méprise of Éric Le Roux (producer)

2005 : Jeanne à petits pas of Négar Djavadi (producer)

 

 

Theater

Director

2003 : Money of Alain Schawarstein, Paris and tour in France

2005 : Pieds nus dans le parc of Neil Simon, Théâtre Marigny

2007 : La Femme rompue of Simone de Beauvoir, Théâtre de l'Atelier

2007 : Une liaison pornographique of Philippe Blasband, Théâtre Marigny

2012 : Bronx of Chazz Palminteri, adaptation Alexia Perimony, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens

2012 : Le Journal d'Anne Frank, adaptation Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2013 : L'affrontement of Bill C. Davis, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2013 : The Guitrys d'Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2013 : Miss Carpenter of Marianne James and Sébastien Marnier, co-staged with Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2014 : La Trahison d’Einstein of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2014 : Guitry et son double, Festival de la correspondance de Grignan

2014 : Le Joueur d'échecs of Stefan Zweig, adaptation Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2014 : Si on recommençait of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Comédie des Champs-Élysées

2014 : Georges et Georges of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2015 : L'Elixir d'amour of Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2015 : Hibernatus of Jean Bernard-Luc, adaptation Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre de la Michodière

2015 : Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme of Stefan Zweig, adaptation Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2015 : Oscar et la Dame rose of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Théâtre Rive Gauche

2015 : Avanti of Samuel Taylor, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens

2016 : L'énigme Zweig ofand with avec Francis Huster, tour in province, in festivals and in the world.

2016 : Amok of Stefan Zweig, tour in province and in the world

2016 : Seul avec vous, of and by Michel Drucker, tour then Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens

2016 : Noces romantiques chez George Sand, of Jean-Yves Clément, Festival de Nohant

2016 : A droite A gauche, of Laurent Ruquier, Théâtre des Variétés

2017 : Toscanini, Opéra with Giovanni Bellucci at the piano, Venise

2017 : Le Théâtre, ma vie, of and with Francis Huster, in tour in the the world

2017 : Horowitz le pianiste du siècle, with Claire Marie Le Guay at the piano and Francis Huster, tour in the world.

2018 : Ich bin Charlotte of Doug Wright, adaped by Marianne Groves, with Thierry Lopez, Festival d'Avignon and Théâtre de Poche-Montparnasse

2018 : Pourvu qu'il soit heureux of Laurent Ruquier, with Fanny Cottençon and Francis Huster, Théâtre Antoine

2019 : Fleurs de Soleil from the text of Simon Wiesenthal with Thierry Lhermitte

2019 : Bronx with Francis Huster

2019 : Le Temps d'un violon with Cécile Bens

2019 : Le plus beau dans tout ça of Laurent Ruquier, with Régis Laspalès

2020 : Transmission of Bill C. Davis, with Francis Huster

 

Comedian

1990 : Les Nuits de Terayama of Shūji Terayama, staged by Nicolas Bataille, Théâtre de la Huchette

1991 : La Compil of Patrick Bonnel, Théâtre de Creil

1992 : Été et Fumées of Tennessee Williams, staged by Gilles Gleizes, Théâtre de Rungis

1992 : Une envie de tuer of Xavier Durringer, staged by Raymond Acquaviva

1992 : Saloperies de merde of Michaël Cohen, staged by Michaël Cohen, Théâtre de Trévise

1992 : Le Médecin malgré lui of Molière, staged by Thierry Hancisse, Comédie-Française

1993 : Samedi, dimanche et lundi of Eduardo De Filippo, staged by Françoise Petit, Théâtre Sylvia Monfort

1993 : Agamemnon d'Eschyle, staged by Jean-Claude Jay

1993 : La Mouette, adaptation of Anton Tchekhov, staged by Isabelle Nanty, Théâtre de Nice

1995 : La Descente d'Orphée of Tennessee Williams, staged by Jacques Mornas, Théâtre 13, tournée

1996 : Le Baiser de la veuve of Israël Horovitz, staged by Pierre-Olivier Mornas, Atelier Bastille

1997 : Dommage qu'elle soit une putain of John Ford, staged by Jérôme Savary, Théâtre national de Chaillot

1998 : Le Baiser de la veuve of Israël Horovitz, staged by Pierre-Olivier Mornas, Théâtre du Nord-Ouest, Festival de Pau

1998 : Baby Doll of Tennessee Williams, staged by Henri Lazarini, Théâtre Mouffetard

2015 : Une folie of Sacha Guitry, staged by Francis Huster, tour

Producer

2019 : Le Temps d'un Violon with Cécile Bens'

2015 : Le Chandelier enterré, of Stefan Zweig, tour in the world

2016 : L'Énigme Zweig, of and with Francis Huster, tour in the world

2016 : Amok, of Stefan Zweig, Tour in the world

2017 : Toscanini, Venise

2017 : Le Théâtre, ma vie, of and with Francis Huster, tour in the world

Captation

2013 : Le Journal d'Anne Frank, adaptation Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with Francis Huster, Roxane Duran

2013 : La Peste, of Albert Camus, adapted et interpreted by Francis Huster

2013 : La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu of Jean Giraudoux, with Francis Huster and the troupe de France

2016 : L'Énigme Stefan Zweig, of and by Francis Huster

2016 : Pièces d'identité, of and with Jean Piat

2016 : Georges et Georges, of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt with Davy Sardou and Alexandre Brasseur

2018 : Le Théâtre, ma vie, with Francis Huster

2018 : Confidences pour Confidences, of and with Jean Piat and Francis Huster

 

 

Television

1993 : La voix du sang of Alain Barrois - juge Cordier

1994 : L'affaire Da Costa of Claude Barrois - Vanloc

1995 : Victoire aux poings of Claude Barrois

1996 : Commandant Nerval of Nicolas Ribowski

1996 : Meurtre sur rendez-vous of Nicolas Ribowski

1996 : Le Juste of Franck Apprederis

1997 : Le Roi en son moulin of Jacob Berger

1997 : Navarro of Nicolas Ribowski

1998 : Entre deux feux of Frédéric Krivine

1998 : PJ of Nicolas Ribowski

2001 : L'agence of Jacques Otmezguine

2002 : Traquée of Steve Suissa

2003 : Trop plein d’amour of Steve Suissa

2003 : De soie et de cendre of Jacques Otmezguine

2010 : Enquêtes réservées of Bruno Garcia

 

 

Opera

Director

2012 : Le mystère Bizet - Opéra Bastille

2013 : La flûte enchantée de Mozart - Co-staged avec Francis Huster - Opéra en plein air