FRANCE / Death of Philippe Carrese, Marseille writer director

The director, writer and jazz musician Philippe Carrese died on May 5th, at the age of 63.

His family coming originally from Naples, Philippe Carrese was born in Marseille in 1956 and grew up in the Panier district. He moved to Paris to study at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques. After graduation, he began his career as a first assistant director.

He then turned to making video clips and documentaries, like Marseille, l’italienne. He also worked on drama, winning  an award at the Saint-Tropez festival in 2004 for Malaterra.

Since 2006 he has directed more than 400 episodes of  France 3’s hit soap opera Plus belle la vie.

In addition to making films, Philippe Carrese published some twenty detective novels, including Le Bal des cagoles, winning the SNCF crime fiction award in 2002.

A true jack-of-all-trades, the Marseille-based director was also a cameraman and composer. He leaves behind a protean work.

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