Leïla Bekhti began a career in cinema almost by accident, and took her ﬁrst steps in front of the camera for Kim Shapiron in the movie Sheitan in 2005, alongside Vincent Cassel. Her performance stood out, and she soon began to receive roles in a variety of movies.
In 2005, she played the role of Leïla in the TV movie Harkis. In 2006, she was given the role of Zarka in the movie Paris Je T’Aime. The same year, she had a role in the movie Mauvaise Foi. The years 2008 and 2009 marked the turning point in her career, when she was awarded two supporting roles: the daughter of the fellagha in Jean François Richet’s Mesrine, and the role of Djamila in Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet. The movie received several awards at the Cesar awards ceremony, and allowed the young actress to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. In 2009, Leïla met Géraldine Nakache, who wrote a role speciﬁcally for the actress in her ﬁrst featurelength movie, Tout Ce Qui Brille. Bekhti shone in the movie and rapidly won the heart of the French population. For her role in the ﬁlm, she was named "Most Promising Actress" by the French cinema industry at the 2011 Cesar awards – a clear indication that her peers recognised her talent.
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