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François Ozon (born November 15, 1967) is a French writer and director whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has recently achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). François Ozon is considered to be one of the most important European film directors in the new “New Wave” of European cinema such as Michael Winterbottom, Catherine Breillat, Patrice Leconte.

Having studied directing at the French film school La Femis, Ozon made several short movies like Une robe d'été (1996) and Scènes de lit (1998) that already display his defining style. His motion picture directing debut was Sitcom (also 1998), which was well-received both critically and by audiences.

After the Fassbinder adaptation Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (2000) came the movie which made him a name outside of France, 8 femmes, starring a dream team of such icons of French cinema as Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert, and Emmanuelle Béart. With its quirky mix of musical numbers and murder mystery and a production design harkening back to 1950s Hollywood melodramas such as the ones directed by Douglas Sirk, this film became a huge commercial success.

In 2003, Swimming Pool starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier was released, considered by Ozon a very personal film that gives insight into the difficult process of writing a novel or screenplay.

François Ozon is not particularly eager to label his sexuality, but he is generally considered to be gay. At any rate, gay or lesbian characters and plot elements are featured frequently in his works.

In 2004, he directed the movie 5x2. In 2005, he debuted his latest film Time To Leave at various worldwide film festivals.

Ozon's first full English-language production "Angel," starring Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle, Vanity Fair), is currently in post-production, and will be released in early 2007. The film, based on a novel by British writer Elizabeth Taylor, follows the story of a poor girl who climbs the social ladder by becoming a romance novel writer (according to Screen Cannes edition, May 2006).

Filmography

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
1988 Photo de famille Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as editor and cinematographer)
1988 Les Doigts dans le ventre Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as editor, cinematographer and producer)
1990 Mes parents un jour d'été Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as producer)
1991 Une goutte de sang Template:Yes Short film
1991 Peau contre peau (les risques inutiles) Template:Yes Documentary short
1991 Le Trou madame Template:Yes Documentary short
1991 Deux plus un Template:Yes Short film
1992 Thomas reconstitué Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
1993 Victor Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
1994 Une rose entre nous Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as actor)
1994 Truth or Dare Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as editor)
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Short Film
1995 Little Death Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
1995 Jospin s'éclaire Template:Yes Documentary film (also as editor)
1996 Les Puceaux Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (aka "Scènes de lit. Les Puceaux")
1996 L'Homme idéal Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
1996 Une robe d'été Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
L.A. Outfest - Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Short Film
1997 Regarde la mer Template:Yes Template:Yes Medium-length film
1998 Sitcom Template:Yes Template:Yes
1998 Scènes de lit Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film (also as editor)
Avignon Film Festival - Prix Panavision
1998 X2000 Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival - Special Mention of the Jury
1999 Criminal Lovers Template:Yes Template:Yes L.A. Outfest - Grand Jury Award
Sitges Film Festival - Best Screenplay
2000 Water Drops on Burning Rocks Template:Yes Template:Yes 50th Berlin International Film Festival - Teddy Award for Best Feature Film
New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - Best Feature Film
Nominated—50th Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
2000 Under the Sand Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director
2002 8 Women Template:Yes Template:Yes Lumières Award for Best Director
52nd Berlin International Film Festival - Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award
Nominated—52nd Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Writing
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
2003 Swimming Pool Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—2003 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
2004 5x2 Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—61st Venice International Film Festival - Golden Lion
2005 Time to Leave Template:Yes Template:Yes Valladolid International Film Festival - Silver Spike
Nominated—2005 Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un certain regard
2006 A Curtain Raiser Template:Yes Template:Yes Short film
2007 Quand la peur dévore l'âme Template:Yes Short film (also as editor)
2007 Angel Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—57th Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
2009 Ricky Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—59th Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
2009 The Refuge Template:Yes Template:Yes San Sebastián International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
2010 Potiche Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
Nominated—European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film
Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Foreign Film in Coproduction
Nominated—67th Venice International Film Festival - Golden Lion
2012 In the House Template:Yes Template:Yes European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
RiverRun International Film Festival - Best Narrative Feature
RiverRun International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Golden Shell
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
2012 Toronto International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize (Special Presentations)
Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—Gaudí Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Goya Award for Best European Film
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2013 Young & Beautiful Template:Yes Template:Yes San Sebastián International Film Festival - TVE-Another Look Award
Nominated—2013 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
2014 The New Girlfriend Template:Yes Template:Yes San Sebastián International Film Festival - Sebastiane Award
Prix Jacques Prévert du Scénario
2016 Frantz Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated—César Award for Best Film
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film
Nominated—Louis Delluc Prize
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Screenplay
2017 L'Amant Double Template:Yes




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