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Zoe R. Cassavetes is an American director, screenwriter and actress.
She is best recognized for her film “Broken English”
(2007), which garnered her an Independent Spirit nomination for Best
First Screenplay and Grand Jury Prize nomination for Dramatic at the
Sundance Film festival, among other nominations, plus the Jury Award at
the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Cassavetes has been called a muse to fashion designer Marc Jacobs along
with fellow actress and director Sofia Coppola.
Daughter of Celebrities
Childhood and Family:
Zoe Rowlands Cassavetes was born on June 29, 1970, in Los Angeles
County, California. She is the daughter of actor/director/screenwriter
John Cassavetes (December 9, 1929-February 3, 1989) and actress Gena
Rowlands. She has two older siblings, Nick Cassavetes (born May 21,
1959) and Alexandra Cassavetes (born September 21 , 1965), both are
also actors and directors. Zoe is the granddaughter of actress
Katherine Cassavetes. She is the aunt of Sasha and Virginia Cassavetes,
the children of Nick.
Coming from a family of filmmakers, Zoe R. Cassavetes had her first
taste in front of the film cameras at the age of one when she had an
uncredited role as a baby girl in her late father John Cassavete's
film, “Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971), starring her mother
Gena Rowlands. However, she did not appear in another film until two
decades later when she landed a small part as a waitress in “Ted
& Venus” (1991), a comedy/drama directed and written by and
starring Bud Cort. She went on to have minor roles in Peter
Bogdanovich's films “Noises Off...” (1992), starring
Michael Caine, Carol Burnett and Denholm Elliottand, and “The
Thing Called Love” (1993), starring River Phoenix, Samantha
Mathis and Dermot Mulroney.
Along with her filmmaking friend Sofia Coppola, Cassavetes created and
hosted the Comedy Central television series “Hi Octane” in
1994. Though the show only ran for a season, it is remembered as one of
the first series to be completely shot in digital video. Cassavetes
also produced and starred in a skit on “Hi Octane” called
“Ciao L.A.” (1994).
In 1998, Cassavetes appeared as P.E. Teacher on the 14 minute length
drama “Lick the Star,” which was directed and co-written by
Cassavetes made her directorial debut with “Men Make Women Crazy
Theory” (2000), a short starring Alexia Landeau, Donovan Leitch
and Ione Skye. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Cassavetes' big break came seven years later when she directed and
wrote the comedy/romance film “Broken English”
(2007). Starring Parker Posey and Gena Rowlands, the film
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and was
nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic at the event. It went
on to receive the Jury Award for Best First Film at the 2007
Philadelphia Film Festival, a Golden St. George nomination at the 2007
Moscow International Film Festival, a Golden Trailer nomination for
Best Independent Trailer, and two Independent Spirit nominations for
Best First Screenplay and Best Female Lead (Posey) in 2008.
“Broken English” grossed $1,944,150 worldwide.
Cassavetes directed and wrote “Samedi soir” (aka.
“Saturday Night”), which aired as part of the season 2 of
the French TV series “X Femmes” on June 27, 2009. It
starred Alexandre Marouani and Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska.
In 2011, Cassavetes directed a French television short called
“Ma plus belle histoire,” starring Eliette Abecassis,
Marisa Berenson and François Berléand.
Philadelphia Film Festival: Jury Award, Best First Film, “Broken English,” 2007