Roschdy Zem

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Roschdy Zem
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Roschdy Zem in 2017 at the Globes de Cristal Awards ceremony.
Born (1965-09-27) 27 September 1965 (age 54)
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, producer

Roschdy Zem (born 27 September 1965) is a French actor and filmmaker of Moroccan descent. He shared the award for Best Actor for his role in the film Days of Glory at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Versatile and determined to not be typecast in "Beur" roles, Roschdy Zem developed his range, playing a General of Napoléon in Monsieur N. (2003), a Jewish father in Va, vis et deviens (Live and Become, 2005), and a transvestite in Change moi ma vie (Change My Life, 2001) alongside Fanny Ardant. He also appeared in roles highlighting issues in mainstream French society as well as in films promoting aspects of French and North African history such as Indigènes (Days of Glory, 2006) and Camping à la ferme (2005), based on a script from Azouz Begag.

In 2011, he directed the film Omar Killed Me, which was selected as the Moroccan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.[2]

Selected filmography

As actor

As filmmaker

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2006 Bad Faith Yes Yes Also actor
2011 Omar Killed Me Yes Yes Also co-producer
2014 Bodybuilder Yes Yes Also actor and producer
2016 Chocolat Yes Yes

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 My Little Business César Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2006 The Young Lieutenant César Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2006 Days of Glory Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor Won
2007 Bad Faith César Award for Best First Feature Film Nominated
2007 Bad Faith Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor Nominated
2009 The Girl from Monaco César Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 The Girl from Monaco Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor Nominated
2012 Omar Killed Me César Award for Best Adaptation Nominated
2017 Chocolat Globe de Cristal for Best Film Won


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Days of Glory". Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  2. ^ "Le film "Omar m'a tuer" candidat aux Oscars 2012". Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-22.

External links

  • Roschdy Zem on IMDb
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