Tahar Rahim

After studying film in Montpellier, Tahar Rahim began his acting career in 2005, making an impact with *Tahar the Student*, a docudrama by Cyril Mennegun inspired by his own life. He also joined the Actor's Lab and performed on stage in 2007 in Leonard Gersh's play *Libres sont les papillons*. Concurrently, he appeared as a municipal police officer in the horror film *Inside* by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. But it was his role as a small-time criminal in the series *La Commune*, broadcast on Canal+, that brought him widespread recognition. Noticed for his nuanced performance and youthful appeal, Tahar Rahim landed the role of Malik El Djebena, the protagonist in *A Prophet*. His intense portrayal propelled the film, a raw depiction of the French prison system, to win the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The film also received nine César Awards in 2010, including Best Male Newcomer and Best Actor for Tahar Rahim, a historic double win at the ceremony. His career took off from there, evident from his diverse roles in 2011. He started by appearing alongside Channing Tatum in *The Eagle* directed by Kevin Macdonald, and played an unwitting spy during World War II in *Free Men*. He continued with the drama *Love and Bruises*, portraying a young worker who falls in love with a Chinese student played by Corinne Yam. The same year, he returned to historical intrigue, starring as the lead in Jean-Jacques Annaud's film *Black Gold*. Subsequently, he starred in Joachim Lafosse's film *Our Children* alongside Niels Arestrup and returned to Cannes in 2013 with two competition films: *The Past* by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and *Grand Central* by Rebecca Zlotowski. In 2014, Tahar Rahim appeared in two films: *Samba* and *The Cut*. In the former, he played Wilson, an undocumented immigrant who aids the character played by Omar Sy, while in the latter, he portrayed Nazaret Manoogian, an Armenian fleeing the 1915 genocide in search of his two daughters. By the end of 2014, Tahar took on the role of Santa Claus before starring in *The Anarchists* alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos the following year. In 2016, he played a doctor in the poignant drama *Heal the Living* and then worked with Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa in the fantasy drama *Daguerrotype*. The next year, he portrayed a successful comedian at odds with an intrusive brother (Roschdy Zem) in *The Price of Success*, played Judas in *Mary Magdalene*, and explored the world of underground gambling in *The Players*. Simultaneously, the Belfort native enjoyed success on television with high-quality series such as *Panthers*, *The Looming Tower*, and *The Serpent*. In the latter, he portrayed the notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj, nicknamed "The Serpent", who killed numerous young travelers in the 1970s. Known for taking on challenging roles, Tahar Rahim portrayed Mohamedou Ould Slahi in the biographical drama *The Mauritanian* (2021), an imprisoned Mauritanian writer wrongly held at Guantanamo. His performance earned him nominations for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor. 2021 proved to be a fruitful year for the actor, who served on the jury of the 74th Cannes Film Festival alongside notable figures such as Mylène Farmer, Mélanie Laurent, and president Spike Lee. The following year, he ventured into the world of musical comedy with *Don Juan*, a loose adaptation of Molière's play. He portrayed a tormented hero obsessed with the woman who abandoned him, played by Virginie Efira.



Madame Web (2024)

- Ezekiel Sims