Reda Kateb
Son of the comedian and director Malek-Eddine Kateb, Reda Kateb is a French actor born in Paris where he still lives. He began his acting career on stage: from the age of 8 years old, Reda Kateb followed his father on tour, and it became obvious to the young man that he would be an actor. At the age of 26, he staged a show where he was reading poems from Le Poète Encerclé written by the famous poet Kateb Yacine, his great-uncle.

2009 is the turning point of his career when he is chosen by Jacques Audiard to play in A Prophet which was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes and was nomineed for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. His career took off and he soon began to play leading roles.

Reda Kateb distinguishes himself as a chameleon actor who can play any type of character. Throughout his acting performances, he tries to show the range of human complexity: in Silent voices presented at the Venice Film Festival, he agrees to swap places with a convict who looks like him. In Coming home selected at the Berlin International Film Festival, he is a cruel yet fragile kidnapper and in Gare du Nord, which was selected at the Locarno International Film Festival, he plays a sociology student.

Reda Kateb’s international career begins when he is chosen by Kathryn Bigelow to play a prisoner tortured by CIA in the opening sequences of Zero Dark Thirty. Then, he is taken as a hostage by Somali pirates in Fishing without nets directed by Cutter Hodierne. He appeared in Ryan Gosling’s first feature film Lost River and stared alongside Viggo Mortensen in Far from men, adapted from Albert Camus’ short story, and directed by David Oelhoffen.

Back in French cinemas with Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, Reda Kateb received the Cesar Award (the equivalent of the American Oscar) for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a foreign doctor, forced to work as an intern because of his immigrant status.

He soon gained leading roles in films such as Insecure with Adèle Exarchopoulos, Through the air alongside Ludivine Sagnier, L’Astragale directed by Brigitte Sy, or more recently Stop me here in which he plays a taxi-driver wrongly accused of the abduction of a young girl.

The short film Pitchoune, Reda Kateb’s first film as a director, was selected at the 2015 Cannes film festival at the Directors' Fortnight.

The actor will star in two films this year: the 3D film The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez directed by multi-awarded director Wim Wenders, with whom Kateb is expected to collaborate for the second time in his next project Submergence, with James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander; and Mon Nom à Pigalle directed by Ekoué et Hamé. Reda Kateb is currently shooting a biopic based on the life of the guitarist Django Reinhardt, Django Melodies.

Filmography:

2017   Submergence by Wim Wenders
2017   Django Melodies by Etienne Comar
2017   Mon Nom à Pigalle by Ekoué et Hamé
2016   Les Beaux Jours d’Aaranjuez a 3D film by Wim Wenders adapted from Peter HANDKE 
2015   Pitchoune  by Reda Kateb
2015 Stop Me Here by Gilles Bannier
2015 Astragal by Brigitte Sy
2015 Lost River by Ryan Gosling
2015 The White Knights by Joachim Lafosse
2015 Through the Air by Fred Grivois
2015 Far from Men by David Oelhoffen
2014 Insecure by Marianne Tardieu
2014 Hippocrates by Thomas Lilti
2013 Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne
2013 Gare du Nord by Claire Simon
2013 Paris Countdown by Edgar Marie
2013 The Dream Kids by Vianney Lebasque
2013 Playground Chronicles by Brahim Fritah
2013 The World Belongs to Us by Stephan Streker
2013 Tied by Hélène Fillières
2013 Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow
2012 Three Worlds by Catherine Corsini
2012 Coming Home by Frédéric Videau
2010 Lily Sometimes by Fabienne Berthaud
2009 Silent voice by Léa Fehner
2009 A Prophet by Jacques Audiard

Complete Cast
Reda Kateb
Sophie Semin
Jens Harzer
Nick Cave (Special Performance)