Éric Caravaca (born 21 November 1966) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter. The son of an engineer, Caravaca (of Spanish origin) studied literature while taking acting lessons. After obtaining his degree, he left for Paris, where he joined lÉcole nationale supérieure darts et techniques du théâtre, and completed his formation at the Conservatoire national supérieur dart dramatique. He then went to New York City in 1993, where he studied at the Actors Studio for a year. Upon his return to France, he began his career in theatre and gained attention in Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot. He made his film debut in 1996, in Un samedi sur la terre by Diane Bertrand. He played mostly small roles until Cest quoi la vie?, directed by François Dupeyron in 1999, which earned him the César Award for Most Promising Actor. He worked again with Dupeyron in La chambre des officiers in 2001, and appeared as Luc in Patrice Chéreaus film Son frère in 2003, opposite Bruno Todeschini. He directed his first film The Passenger in 2005, in which he also played a role (Thomas), opposite Julie Depardieu, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.