April 2, 1979|
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 stage
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.
Work as a model
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.
|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||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||Le fil||Bilal||Directed by Mehdi Ben Attia|
|2013||La vie d'Adèle||Samir||Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche|
|2015||Noir||Kadhafi||Directed by Yves Christian Fournier|
|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|
|Year||Series name||Episode name||Role|
|2003||Malone||La Promesse de l'Ours|
|2004||Le Grand Patron||En Quarantaine||Sami|
|2006||Docudrama French and English||La Grande Inondation||Malik|
|Year||Name of play||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|