Richard Dembo was a French director and screenwriter.
Dembo achieved worldwide recognition with his first film: La diagonale du fou. For the direction of this film, Dembo received an Oscar in 1984 for best foreign film, as well as other numerous awards. Michel Piccoli starred in the film as a Russian orthodox Soviet citizen.
In 1993 Dembo directed L'instinct de l'ange with HÃ©lÃ¨ne Vincent, Jean-Louis Trintignant, FranÃ§ois Cluzet und Lambert Wilson. After a long pause during which he directed no films, Dembo directed La maison de Nina.
On 11 November 2004, Dembo unexpectedly died in Paris under the symptoms of an intestinal obstruction. He was buried in Israel.