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FRANÇOIS OZON

HE MAY BE ONE OF FRANCE’S MOST FAMOUS FILM DIRECTORS BUT FRANÇOIS OZON IS FAMOUSLY ENIGMATIC – AND HIS NEW FILM WILL ONLY ADD TO THAT REPUTATION

Born in Paris in 1967, François Ozon is so prolific as a director and screenwriter that he’s been called the Woody Allen of France. As he’s gay and oft en coaxes career-defining performances from his female actors, he’s also been called the French Almodóvar. But while

Allen and Almodóvar have distinctive voices as auteurs, Ozon has always resisted the label – and from his body of work so far it’s difficult to get a sense of who he is either as a director or as a man.

Hi most popular films include the classic French farce Potiche, the riotous musical comedy 8 Women, and the erotic thriller Swimming Pool. His latest, Frantz, is a melancholic black and white drama set in a small German town aft er World War I. It opens with a young woman called Anna mourning at the grave of Frantz, her fiancé who was killed in battle in France. A few days later a young Frenchman, Adrien, also lays flowers at the grave. As he begins a friendship with Anna, we discover that he’s telling a lie about his relationship with Frantz. And, coming so soon aft er the German defeat, this is a lie with the potential to unlock intense passions.

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