Lise Akoka


French actor, screenwriter and director. She studied psychology, before training as an actor (Les Ateliers du Sud and the Studio-théâtre d’Asnières). Since 2014, she has collaborated with Romane Gueret and together they directed short films Chasse Royale (Cannes 2016 – Directors’ Fortnight – Illy Prize) and Allez garçon! (2019), as well as the web series Tu préfères (2020). The Worst Ones (2022) is her feature directorial debut and winner of Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes.


Films by this director

The Worst Ones

(Les pires, France, 2022)

Directed by: Lise Akoka

Film director Gabriel arrives to a social housing French suburb to cast child actors for his new project. His film centres on a pregnant teenager and her younger brother, and Gabriel wants authentic local residents to play them. The film crew’s arrival prompts jealousy and division among younger residents, while the older ones complain that a film of this sort only perpetuates stereotypes and turns away affluent people. Why can’t the story be about the success of their gymnastics tea...

color, 99'
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