Sami Bouajila: “When Roschdy Zem talks about his people, he talks about us!”


Sami Bouajila. IPA/Venezia2020/IPA/Sipa USA via Reuters

MAINTENANCE – In thirty years of career and sixty films, Sami Bouajila has carved out a solid reputation. In Minehe can deploy his wide range of play.

With his good-natured side, a benevolent smile and that sparkling look that makes him so endearing, he’s the kind of actor who charms you in an instant. Sami Bouajila, 56, is a top comedian, but he’s not fully aware of it. In thirty years of career and sixty films, from Desplechin to Téchiné via Abdellatif Kechiche and Rachid Bouchareb, he has carved out a solid reputation. With Roschdy Zem, his friend and accomplice, he made six films, including Native, which earned him an interpretation prize in 2006 at Cannes, or Omar killed me in 2011, where he played Omar Raddad. In Mine Sami Bouajila can deploy his wide range of games. Meeting without filter…

LE FIGARO. – How did Roschdy Zem offer you the role of Moussa?

Sami BOUAJILA. – In December 2020, I crossed the Tuileries garden and finished his jogging. I recognize his silhouette. I salute him. He stops, out of breath. He tells me: “Look, Sami, I’m going to send you some…

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