Dylan Robert, Caesarized at 18, talks about his imprisonment: “I was half-dead”


The 21-year-old actor, awarded for his role in Scheherazade in 2019, was arrested in January 2020, for a robbery case in a Marseille restaurant. Between shadow and light, he returned to his time in prison.

In 2019, life was finally smiling on Dylan Robert: at 18, he won the César for best male hope. But barely a year later, the sentence fell, the young man was arrested as part of an investigation into the armed robbery of a Marseille restaurant. He remained thirteen months in the Marseille penitentiary center, then at the Draguignan remand center. He returned to his long months of detention in the columns of Vanity Fair. “I was half dead», He confided about his incarceration. “The dungeon is easy for no one but me, in addition, I had known the light to death just before“.

Because only a few months before the prison, Dylan Robert knew the glory, by winning the César of the most promising 2019 for his role in Scheherazade, un film directed by Jean-Bernard Marlin, selected for the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and voted best first film at the César ceremony. Inspired by various facts, the feature film tells the story of Zachary, a young man released from prison, who falls in love with Scheherazade, a young prostitute.

A consecration that Dylan Robert did not expect, he who comes from a working-class district of Marseille and who dropped out of school at the age of 12. A spiral begins for him. At 16, he was sentenced to four months in prison. It was during his incarceration that an educator told him about the hearing of Scheherazade. During the filming, the fact is true, he is watched by a prison educator, will report at the time The Parisian. Then he continues his acting career and turns in DNA, Maïwenn’s film, currently in theaters.

Then again his fate was thwarted: at the end of January 2020, the very young actor was arrested for having participated in an armed robbery targeting a Marseille restaurant, for facts which would have taken place before the filming of the film in 2018. He is also suspected of having been “the leader of a small team which raged in the 12th and 5th arrondissements by attacking isolated people“, revealed Provence. For thirteen months, he stayed at the Marseille penitentiary center, then at the Draguignan remand center. Since February 2021, Dylan Robert has been placed under judicial supervision and must report to the police station every fortnight, pending his trial in 2022. He faces a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

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