Michel Hazanavicius was born in Paris, France. He attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis (1999), which featured his brother Serge Hazanavicius. His next feature film, a spy parody, OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d’espions (2006) was a success at the box office, and warranted a sequel, OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2009), which was also a hit. Hazanavicius came to the attention of international audiences with the release of an almost wordless film, The Artist (2011), which starred his wife, Bérénice Bejo and OSS 117 star Jean Dujardin. The film was a critical and popular hit, garnering many major awards including five Oscars.