Carlos Chahine


Carlos Chahine was born in Lebanon. He is an actor and director, known for Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (2006), La danse éternelle (2004) and Terra incognita (2002).

After obtaining a degree as a dental surgeon (which he never put into practice), Chahine discoveredtheater in Paris with Vera Gregh, who encouraged him to begin acting. Thus, he took courses at ENSAD (école nationale d’art
dramatique) in TNS (théâtre national de Strasbourg) with group 23, from 1985 to 1988. After having worked exclusively in France and in Europe with many directors, such as Michel Vinaver, Matthias Langhoff, Sylviu
Purcarete, Alain Françon, René Loyon, Viviane Théophilidès, Stuart Seide, Philippe Van Kessel, Christian Rist, etc., he made a comeback to Lebanon thanks to Ghassan Salhab, with whom he made two films.

He is the central figure in Salhab’s latest feature, The Valley, in which he plays a man with amnesia who finds himself taken in by strangers with questionable motives. In 2008, he wrote, directed and acted in his first short film, The North Road. The film received many international awards, including Best Narrative Short Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009.

He was our guest in 2016.