Olivier COUSSEMACQ was an assistant director for 12 years, for both television and film. He worked briefly as an assistant film editor. He directed television series, mostly for the French channels TF1 and M6. His first film, PAROLES EN LIBERTE SURVEILLÉE, was a documentary about the living conditions of convicts serving long-term sentences in French prisons. This film was selected at the Cinéma du réel festival in Paris.
Three short films followed: PAS PERDUS (which earned Jacques Penot the Prix de Interprétation Masculine at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival), LE LARBIN, and LA CONCIERGE EST DANS L'ASCENSEUR, a comedy with Omar Sy and Catherine Jacob, which appeared several times on television.
He later wrote the thriller TRAQUEE directed by Steve Suissa, then decided to concentrate on screenwriting. His script LE DESERT DE LA MEMOIRE received a special mention from the jury for the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay (Sopadin). He was also selected by Emergence, the International Summer Film University, for the screenplay CORPS ETRANGERS.
In 2009, he directed L'ENFANCE DU MAL (SWEET EVIL), his first feature film, which marked the beginning of his collaboration with Nicolas Brevière and Local Films, and allowed young Anaïs Demoustier to win the Women's Interpretation Award in International Film Festival Karlovy Vary.
LET ME GO (NOMADS, 2018) is his second feature film for Local Films. Two other feature films are currently being developed:
- LA BEAUTE DU GESTE, winner of the Beaumarchais association, for Good Fortune Films and Urban Factory, with backing from EAVE and Pictanovo
- LE COMBAT, for Local Films.