Alexandre Aja

Alexandre Aja

Infobox actor

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name=Alexandre Aja
birthdate = Birth date and age|1978|8|7|df=y
birthplace = Paris, France
occupation = Film director and screenwriter
birthname = Alexandre Jouan-Arcady
networth =
spouse= Laïla Marrakchi

Alexandre Aja (born 7 August 1978 in Paris, France) is a French film director who rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film "Haute Tension" (known as "High Tension" in the US.)

His real name is Alexandre Jouan-Arcady and his pseudonymous surname is formed of the 3 first letters of his full name.


Aja, who is Jewish, [ [ The Cast and Crew of The Hills Have Eyes Speak! ] ] is the son of French "pied-noir" director Alexandre Arcady and French cinema critic Marie-Jo Jouan. His wife is Moroccan filmmaker Laïla Marrakchi. He made his directorial debut at the age of eighteen with the short film "Over The Rainbow", which received a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film. In 1999 he directed "Furia", a movie based on Julio Cortazar's short story "Graffiti".

"Haute Tension", released in 2003 in France and in 2005 in USA, placed Aja on the map for the horror movie genre. The French slasher, though sticking to horror convention, pushed the gore and tension envelope. Favouring make-up effects to computer generated imagery, the film quickly found respect amongst horror fans. It was released in the U.S. as "High Tension" after some editing. The film was nominated for grand prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and earned Aja awards for best direction and best fantasy film at the Catalonian International Film Festival.

American director Wes Craven asked Aja to come up with a concept for the remake of his 1977 film "The Hills Have Eyes" after seeing "High Tension". Craven subsequently asked Aja to direct the movie, which was also released under an 'R' rating in the U.S. after minor editing.

His latest project is a horror film entitled "Mirrors", about a mysterious mirror that brings out the worst aspects of people whenever they look at themselves in it. The film is a remake of the K-Horror film "Into the Mirror". In 2009, he will also direct "Piranha 3-D", a horror movie about prehistoric piranhas in Arizona. It is a remake of the film " Piranha".

Because Alexandre Aja is working on "Mirrors", he did not direct the sequel to "The Hills Have Eyes 2", which was released on 10 March 2007.

In 2004, Aja was named to the Variety – Ten Directors To Watch list. He is a member of the so-called Splat Pack, a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in "Total Film" magazine for a new wave of directors making brutally violent horror films. The other Splat Pack members are Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Greg Mclean, Eli Roth, James Wan, Leigh Whannell, and Rob Zombie.



* 1997 - "Over the Rainbow"
* 1999 - "Furia"
* 2002 - "Break of Dawn (Entre chiens et loups)"
* 2003 - "Haute Tension"
* 2006 - "The Hills Have Eyes"
* 2007 - "P2"
* 2008 - "Mirrors"
* 2009 - "Piranha 3-D"


* 1997 - "Over the Rainbow"
* 1999 - "Furia"
* 2002 - "Break of Dawn (Entre chiens et loups)"
* 2003 - "Haute Tension"
* 2006 - "The Hills Have Eyes"
* 2008 - "Mirrors"
* 2008 - "Silent Night, Deadly Night" (remake)
* 2009 - "Piranha 3-D"

See also

* Furia (album)


External links

* [ Alexandre Aja on Fox Searchlight]
* [ Eat My Brains! interview with Alexandre Aja]
*imdb name|id=0014960|name=Alexandre Aja
* [ Alexandre Aja interview] at []

NAME= Aja, Alexandre
DATE OF BIRTH= 1978-8-7
PLACE OF BIRTH= Paris, France

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