Yvan Attal

Yvan Attal (Hebrew: איוואן אטל‎, born 4 January 1965) is a French actor, scriptwriter and director.[1]

Yvan Attal
Yvan Attal 2009.jpg
Born (1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 55)
Tel Aviv, Israel
OccupationActor, director, scriptwriter
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Charlotte Gainsbourg
(1991–present; engaged)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Tel Aviv, to French-Algerian Jewish parents, he grew up in the outskirts of Paris. His acting debut was in Éric Rochant's Un monde sans pitié (1989),[2] which earned him a César Award for Most Promising Actor. His first feature film as director was Ma femme est une actrice (2001), which co-starred Charlotte Gainsbourg, Attal's real-life partner.

He directed a segment in the film New York, I Love You, and appeared as an actor in another.

He acted in The Interpreter and Anthony Zimmer, and in Rush Hour 3 he played a French cab driver named George.

Personal lifeEdit

Attal's longtime partner is Anglo-French actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg whom he met on the set of the 1991 film Aux yeux du monde.[3] Gainsbourg and Attal are not married, and Gainsbourg has attributed her reluctance to marry to the fact that her parents never married. Attal publicly proposed to Gainsbourg on 19 June 2013 during an awards ceremony when he received the French National Order of Merit.[4] In April 2014 Attal confirmed that they were still unwed with no plans to marry.[5]

Attal has three children with Gainsbourg: son Ben (born 1997) and daughters Alice (born 2002), and Joe (born 2011).[6][7] In 2014, following the death of Gainsbourg's sister, photographer Kate Barry, Attal and his family relocated to New York City.[8]


Year Film Role Director Notes
1989 Un monde sans pitié Halpern Éric Rochant César Award for Most Promising Actor
Acteurs à l'Écran – Michel Simon's Award
1991 Cauchemar Blanc Mathieu Kassovitz Short film
Mauvais fille Vincent Régis Franc
Aux yeux du monde Bruno Fournier Éric Rochant
1992 Amoureuse Paul Jacques Doillon
Love After Love Romain Diane Kurys
1994 The Patriots Ariel Brenner Éric Rochant
1996 Delphine 1, Yvan 0 a man Dominique Farrugia
Portraits chinois Yves Martine Dugowson
Love, etc. Benoît Marion Vernoux
1997 I Got a Woman (Short) Arnaud Yvan Attal Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival – Best Short Film
Saraka bô Taïeb Denis Amar
1998 Alissa Luc Kaufmann Didier Goldschmidt
Cantique de la racaille Gaston Vincent Ravalec
1999 Mes amis Eric Michel Hazanavicius
With or Without You Benoit Michael Winterbottom
The Criminal Mason Julian Simpson
2000 Le prof Hippolyte Alexandre Jardin
2001 My Wife Is an Actress Yvan Yvan Attal Cabourg Romantic Film Festival – Best Director
Nominated – César Award for Best Debut
2002 And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen David Claude Lelouch
At Dawning (Short) Falling Man Martin Jones
2003 It's Easier for a Camel... Man in park Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Bon Voyage Raoul Jean-Paul Rappeneau Nominated – César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004 Happily Ever After Vincent Yvan Attal
Un petit jeu sans conséquence Bruno Bernard Rapp
2005 The Interpreter Philippe Sydney Pollack
Anthony Zimmer François Taillandier Jérôme Salle
Somewhere (Short) Simon Emmanuel Murat
Munich Tony (Andreas' Friend) Steven Spielberg
2006 The Serpent Vincent Mandel Eric Barbier
2007 Le candidat Michel Dedieu Niels Arestrup
Rush Hour 3 George Brett Ratner
2008 La traque (TV Movie) Serge Klarsfeld Laurent Jaoui
Orange Juice (Short) Philippe Ronan Moucheboeuf
2009 Je suis venu pour elle Max Ivan Taieb
The Ball of the Actresses Himself Maïwenn
Leaving Samuel Catherine Corsini Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Les regrets Mathieu Liévin Cédric Kahn
Rapt Stanislas Graff Lucas Belvaux Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
2011 Dans la tourmente Max Christophe Ruggia
R.I.F. Stephane Monnereau Franck Mancuso
2012 One Night Pierre Morvand Lucas Belvaux
Do Not Disturb Ben Azuelos Yvan Attal
2013 Delicate Gravity (Short) Paul Philippe Andre Palm Springs International ShortFest – Best of Festival Award
2014 Le Dernier Diamant Simon Carrerra Éric Barbier
Son épouse Joseph de Rosa Michel Spinosa
2016 En Moi the filmmaker Laetitia Casta Short film
The Jews[9][10] Yvan Yvan Attal Also director and screenwriter
Heaven Will Wait Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
2017 Raid dingue Viktor Dany Boon
Rock'n Roll Yvan Attal Guillaume Canet
Le Brio N/A Yvan Attal
2018 Ad Vitam Darius Thomas Cailley TV series - 6 episodes
2019 Seberg Romain Gary Benedict Andrews
My Dog Stupid Henri Mohen Yvan Attal based on the short story of the same name from John Fante's novella West of Rome



(French version)


  1. ^ "Yvan Attal - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Un-Monde-sans-pitie - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ Mapes, Marty. (25 July 2002) Interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal. Movie Habit. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Photos : Yvan Attal : regardez-le demander Charlotte Gainsbourg en mariage..." Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  5. ^ Guinhut, Hélène. "Yvan Attal : avec Charlotte "on ne va pas se marier"". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  6. ^ (in French) Yvan Attal bio : biographie de Yvan Attal – Gala. Gala.fr (9 November 2010). Retrieved on 4 July 2011.
  7. ^ Le Parisien (22 July 2011)
  8. ^ Claymore, Gabriel Tully. "Charlotte Gainsbourg, After Rest". Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  9. ^ Ny York Times, 2016,06,02
  10. ^ Jta.org
  11. ^ Hollywood.com
  12. ^ Allmovie

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