Salim Kechiouche

Salim Kechiouche (born 2 April 1979) is a French actor.

Salim Kechiouche
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Salim Kechiouche at the premiere of Tenir Tête at Aubervilliers, October 2009
Born (1979-04-02) 2 April 1979 (age 44)
Lyon, France
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

He was born to Algerian parents. While 15 years old, he was first discovered by French actor director Gaël Morel. Morel gave him his first role in a feature film, À Toute Vitesse (Full Speed), released in 1996. Kechiouche has acted in most of Morel's works, including Premières Neiges in 1999, Le Clan (Three Dancing Slaves) in 2004 and Après Lui (2007). He entered acting school and graduated in 2002.

Salim Kechiouche now lives in Paris, dividing his time between cinema and the stage.


Film and stageEdit

In addition to Morel, Kechiouche has worked with other French directors such as François Ozon, as well as with non-French directors.

In 2003, Kechiouche played the role of Karim in Gigolo, directed by German director Bastian Schweitzer, opposite Amanda Lear. Kechiouche played a self-destructive gigolo trying to get his life back on track in the jet-set world of Paris. The film was nominated for a Golden Bear Award in the Best Short Film category at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

Kechiouche has acted in short and feature films, plays and TV series. His movies include Grande École (2004), playing Mécir, and Le Clan (2004), released as Three Dancing Slaves in the U.S.. On stage in Paris, he played the role of Giuseppe Pelosi, the killer and lover of Pier Paolo Pasolini in Vie et Mort de Pier Paolo Pasolini, written by Michel Azama.

Kechiouche was kick boxing champion of France in 1998 and first runner-up in Thai boxing in 1999 and in 2002. His boxing skills were used on a few occasions in some of his films where he played a boxer, such as Les Amants Criminels, Archives De Nuit, Le Clan, Nos Retrouvailles, and when playing himself in the experimental film Cinématon.

He has appeared in full-frontal nude scenes in at least two films. In Francois Ozon's 1999 film, Les Amants Criminels, released as Criminal Lovers in the U.S. A few years later, Kechiouche had a lengthy full-frontal scene in Grande École.[1]


Pierre et Gilles produced photographs and paintings related to Les Amants Criminels and for the play Vie et Mort de Pier Paolo Pasolini in 2003. Youssef Nabil and Michel Giliberti also created a dozen paintings in 2005 and 2006. Kechiouche appeared with French actress Julie-Marie Parmentier in the photo series Doppelgänger (2007) by French photographer Raphaël Neal.


Feature filmEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1996 À Toute Vitesse Jamel Released as "Full Speed" in the USA
1999 Premières Neiges Kacem Directed by Gaël Morel
1999 Les Amants Criminels Saïd Released as "Criminal Lovers" in the USA
2004 Grande École Mécir
2004 Le Clan Hicham Released as Three Dancing Slaves in the USA
2007 L'Année Suivante Nayib By Isabelle Czajka
2007 Nos Retrouvailles Karim By David Oelhoffen
2007 Après Lui Salim Directed by Gaël Morel
2009 The String Bilal Directed by Mehdi Ben Attia
2013 Blue Is the Warmest Colour Samir Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
2014 Être Mohamed Directed by Fara Sene
2015 Noir Kadhafi Directed by Yves Christian Fournier
2015 Voyoucratie Sam Directed by Fabrice Garçon and Kevin Ossona
2015 Foreign Body Imed Directed by Raja Amari
2017 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno Tony Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
2019 Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo Tony Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Qu'un sang impur post-production

Short filmEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Couscous Pour Tout Le Monde Luc By Vincent Pesci
2004 Pas Sans Moi Golden Boy Experimental short by Sandra Dalle
2005 Gigolo (color version)
Archives De Nuit (black-and-white version)
Karim Nominated for a Golden Bear Award at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival
2005 Temps Morts or A Summer Afternoon Saïd By Éléonore Weber
2005 Cinematon Himself Experimental film by Gérard Courant - #2,102 in the collection
2006 Yasmina Sofiane By Vincent Pesci
2006 Er-radja, Le Retour Himself Documentary with the actor going back to his roots in Algeria

TV seriesEdit

Year Title Episode Role
2003 Malone La Promesse de l'Ours
2004 Le Grand Patron En Quarantaine Sami
2006 Préjudices Balle Perdue
2006 Docudrama French and English La Grande Inondation Malik


Year Title Director Notes
2001 A l'Ombre d'Ambre Edmonde Franchi Radio play for Radio France Lyon
2002 Le Piqueur de Macadam Edmonde Franchi Radio play for Radio France Lyon
2002 Lumières - Une Tuerie Julien Collet Radio play for France Culture
2002 Les Derniers Jours de l'Humanité Salvadora Parras By Karl Kraus
2003 Vie et Mort de Pier Paolo Pasolini Jean Menaud Playing Giuseppe Pelosi
2005–2006 Le Centième Nom Stéphane Aucante By Michel Giliberti
2006 Les Grecs Gilbert Désveaux By Jean-Marie Besset
2006 Un Petit Pull Over Angora David Haddad David Haddad
2007 Rupture Entre Amis Frédéric Rondot Also written by Frédéric Rondot


  1. ^ Nick Rees-Roberts French Queer Cinema, p. 28, at Google Books

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