Born in Marseille, France in 1968, Pierre-François Martin-Laval is a French actor, film director, screenwriter, and theatre director. Martin-Laval’s interest in acting began at an early age. In his teens, he attended theatre workshops and later pursued his interests at the renowned French acting school, Cours Florent. There, he met close friends with whom he formed the acting group 'Les Robins des Bois' (as named after their first, successful performance and translates into ‘The Robinhoods’). In 1996, 'Les Robins des Bois' appeared on a regular French TV channel “Comédie!” and presented short plays that became widely popular in France. The group disbanded in the 2000s as members began to pursue solo careers and Pierre-François turned away from theatre and towards the cinema.
Martin-Laval is known his performance in comedies such as “Would I Lie to You? 2” (2001), “Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra” (2002), and “RRRrrrr!!!” (2004). Through these films, he also had the opportunity to collaborate with members of his former acting group. Martin-Laval’s humour is most evident from his means of acquiring permission to produce a film adaptation of Gaston Lagaffe, a Franco-Belgian comic. Rather than presenting his project formally, he and his crew dressed up as characters from the comic strip, hired an old Fiat 509 similar to that of Lagaffe’s and payed a visit to the publisher of the comic. Ultimately, the adaptation was authorized and the movie came out in 2018.
Martin-Laval also found success in directing films, such as “Try Me” (2006) and “Serial Teachers” (2013). This year, Martin-Laval challenges a genre unfamiliar to him and contributes to the silver screen with his newly directed film, “Fahim” a biographic account of the Franco-Bangladeshi chess player - Fahim Mohammad.
Post-screening Q&A session:
在1968年法國馬賽出生，Pierre-François Martin-Laval是一名法國演員、戲劇及電影導演和編劇。Martin-Laval從小就培養了演藝興趣。Martin-Laval青年時開始上舞劇課堂，之後也在法國著名佛羅朗戲劇電影學院就讀。在那裡，他認識了一群密友，並與他們成立了一個演藝團隊《Les Robins des Bois》（直譯《羅賓漢們》、隨演藝團隊成名戲劇命名）。在1996年,《Les Robins des Bois》經常在法國喜劇電視頻道表演。他們的短劇在法國廣受歡迎。在2000年代，演藝團隊成員各尋機遇，《Les Robins des Bois》也便解散。馬丁·拉弗爾的事業方針也因此從戲劇演變為電影。
Martin-Laval主要喜劇片包括2001年的《茶煲五兄弟2》、2002年的《美麗新世界II之女王任務》、以及2004年的《天啊ㄚㄚㄚ!!!》。Martin-Laval通過這些電影在熒幕上與前演藝團隊隊友重遇。Martin-Laval的幽默感可從他一個個人故事中看出。為了得到一本漫畫《加斯頓》 的改編權許可，馬丁·拉弗爾與演員們打扮成漫畫中的角色、租了一輛相似於漫畫主角所擁有的Fiat 509車款，拜訪漫畫出版公司。最後，馬丁·拉弗爾成功得到出版公司認可，電影《加斯頓》也便在2018年出映。
馬丁·拉弗爾在導演方面也獲得成就：如2006年的《愛的考驗》以及2013年的《老師們》。今年，馬丁·拉弗爾通過個人作品《走佬小棋王》挑戰新體裁。這部傳記電影敘述著法國及孟加拉籍棋王 – Fahim Mohammad – 的真人故事。
Post-screening Q&A session 映後談:
23rd November 1:15pm at AMC Pacific Place
24th November 1:40pm at Palace IFC