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François Ozon biography

François Ozon was born in 1967 in Paris. With his master's degree in Cinema (Paris I), he enters the French famous school of cinema La FEMIS in the director section in 1990.Since then, he has been shooting many movies in super-8, video, 16mm and 35mm . Many of his short movies have been in competition in various international festivals.Action Vérité (Truth or Dare) is the beginning of his collaboration with Fidélité Productions. 

Une Robe d'été (A Summer Dress) gets the "Léopard de Demain" Award at the film festival of Locarno. Sitcom, his first feature, is in competition in the Official Selection of "La Semaine Internationale de la critique" (International Week of Film Critic) in the Cannes Festival in 1998.



Frantz (2016)

Au lendemain de la première guerre mondiale, dans une petite ville allemande, Anna se rend tous les jours sur la tombe de son fiancé, mort sur le front en France. Mais ce jour-là, un français est venu, lui aussi, fleurir la tombe de son ami allemand.

Sortie cinéma le 7 septembre 2016

Réalisation : François Ozon
Avec Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner, Johann von Bülow, Cyrielle Clair...

Production : Mandarin Cinéma & X Filme Creative Pool
Distribution : Mars Distribution
Image : Pascal Marti
Décors : Michel Barthélémy
Costumes : Pascaline Chavanne
Montage : Laure Gardette
Musique originale : Philippe Rombi



The New Girlfriend (2014)

The New Girlfriend

After the death of her best friend, Claire falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend’s husband gives her a new taste for life.

French release date : November 5th, 2014

Directed by François Ozon
Starring Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz...

Producers : Eric & Nicolas Altmayer (Mandarin)
Director of Photography : Pascal Marti
Production Designer : Michel Barthelemy
Costumes : Pascaline Chavanne
Editing : Laure Gardette
Original Music : Philippe Rombi




Young & Beautiful (2013)

Jeune & JolieSynopsis : A contemporary portrait of a teenage girl of 17, in 4 seasons and 4 songs.

French Release : August 21, 2013

Written and directed by François Ozon
Cast : Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard...

Producers : Eric & Nicolas Altmayer (Mandarin)
Director of Photography : Pascal Marti
Sound : Brigitte Taillandier 
Line Producer : Sylvain Monod
1st Assistant Director : Jérôme Brière
Casting Directors : Sarah Teper & Leïla Fournier
Production Designer : Katia Wyszkop
Costumes : Pascaline Chavanne
Make-Up : Gill Robillard
Hair : Franck-Pascal Alquinet
Editing : Laure Gardette
Sound Editing : Benoît Gargonne
Sound Mixing : Jean-Paul Hurier
Original Music : Philippe Rombi
Set Photographer : Jean-Claude Moireau

The songs by Françoise Hardy used in the film : "L'Amour d'un garçon", "À quoi ça sert", "Première rencontre", "Je suis moi".

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In the House (2012)

In the House

A boy of 16 wants to get in the house of one of his classmates to glean inspiration for his writing assignments. Impressed with this unusual and gifted student, his teacher rediscovers a taste for teaching, but the intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events.

French release : October 10 2012

Written, adapted and directed by François Ozon

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet, Ernst Umhauer, Bastien Ughetto, Jean-François Balmer, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Davenier.

Original music: Philippe Rombi

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Potiche (2010)

PoticheSet in 1977 in a French provincial town, Potiche is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous French hit comic play. Deneuve is Suzanne, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or "potiche") who steps in to manage her wealthy husband's umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Depardieu plays a union leader and Suzanne's former beau who still holds a flame for her. Acclaimed writer-director Francois Ozon (“8 Women”) twists the original on its head to create his own satirical take on the war between the sexes and classes.

French release : November 10th, 2010 - 103 minutes

Written, adapted and directed by François Ozon (based on the play by Barillet & Gredy)

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Rénier, Judith Godrèche.

Producers: Eric & Nicolas Altmayer
Director of Production: Pierre Wallon
Image: Yorick Le Saux
Sound: Pascal Jasmes
Production designer: Katia Wyskskop
Costumes: Pascaline Chavanne
Assistant director: Hubert Barbin
Casting France: Sarah Teper, Leila Fournier
Casting Belgium: Mickael de Nijs
Script supervisor: Joëlle Hersant
Editor: Laure Gardette
Sound editor: Benoît Gargonne
Mixing: Jean-Paul Hurier
Original soundtrack: Philippe Rombi
Set photographers: Jean-Claude Moireau, Nicolas Schul, Patrick Swirc

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Hideaway (Le Refuge) (2009)

Affiche du film Le Refuge de François Ozon

Synopsis: Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love. But drugs have invaded their lives. One day they overdose, and Louis dies. Mousse survives, but soon learns she’s pregnant. Feeling lost, she runs away to a house far from Paris. Several months later, Louis’ brother joins her in her refuge.

French release: January 27, 2010

Directed by François Ozon

Cast: Isabelle Carré, Melvil Poupaud, Louis-Ronan Choisy, Pierre-Louis Calixte, Claire Vernet, Jean-Pierre Andréani, Marie Rivière, Jérôme Kircher, Nicolas Moreau, Emile Berling, Maurice Antoni.

Screenplay by François Ozon & Mathieu Hippeau

Produced by Claudie Ossard & Chris Bolzli

Production managers : Sylvain Monod & Philippe Delest

Image : Mathias Raaflaub

Sound : Brigitte Taillandier

Sets : Katia Wyszkop

Costumes : Pascaline Chavanne

Make-up : Françoise Andrejka

Hair : Franck-Pascal Alquinet

1st assistant : Arnaud Esterez

Script supervisor : Joëlle Hersant

Casting : Sarah Teper

Editing : Muriel Breton

Sound editing : Benoît Gargonne

Sound mixing : Jean-Paul Hurier

Stills photographer : Jean-Claude Moireau

Original music and song written by Louis-Ronan Choisy. The song used in the French trailer is "The Lucky One" by Au Revoir Simone. In the dance-club scene you can hear "Summer Son" by Texas and "People" by Superpitcher.

In competition at Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festival.

Distributed by Le Pacte. © Eurowide Film Production - FOZ - France 2 Cinéma

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Ricky (2009)

Synopsis : When Katie, an ordinary woman meets Paco, an ordinary man, something magical and miraculous happens: they fall in love. Out of their love comes an extraordinary baby : RICKY.
US Release : December 16 2009 -  Runtime: 90 min 
French release : February 11 2009 
Directed by François Ozon
Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez , Mélusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret

Director of Photography: Jeanne Lapoirie
Production Designer:Katia Wyszkop
Costumes: Pascaline Chavanne
Editor: Muriel Breton
Original Music: Philippe Rombi
Special Effects: BUFF


Angel (2007)

Angel posterSynopsis: England, 1905. Angel Deverell is a gifted young writer who dreams of success, fame and love. But what will happen if all her dreams come true?

French release: 14 March 2007 - Runtime: 134 min (Germany: 119 min)

Directed by François Ozon
Adapted by François Ozon
Dialogues by François Ozon and Martin Crimp based on "Angel" by Elizabeth Taylor

Cast: Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Lucy Russell, Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Tong, Janine Duvitski, Christopher Benjamin, Simon Woods, Jemma Powell

Director of Photography: Denis Lenoir
Production Designer: Katia Wyszkop
Costumes: Pascaline Chavanne
Editor: Muriel Breton
Sound: Pierre Mertens
Sound Editor: Benoît Hillebrant
Mixing: Dean Humphries
Casting: Director Karen Lindsay Stewart
Script Supervisor: Agathe Grau
Assistant Director: Dominique Delany
Make-up: Gill Robillard
Hair: Marese Langan
Original Soundtrack by Philippe Rombi
Director of Production: Pierre Wallon
Executive Producer: Tanya Seghatchian
Still Photographer: Jean-Claude Moireau
Special Photography: Jeannick Gravelines, Marie Dorigny, Max Hureau
Produced by FIDELITE FILMS Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier
In Co-Production with POISSON ROUGE PICTURES Christopher Granier–Deferre
SCOPE PICTURES Geneviève Lemal and Alexandre Lippens

Watch the trailer - Go to the picture gallery - Buy the DVD, the book and the CD - French website - Japanese website


A Curtain Raiser (2006)

A Curtain Raiser dvdSynopsis : Bruno and his friend Pierre are waiting for Rosette in his Parisian bachelor flat. She is late again. But this time Bruno's mind is made up: if Rosette is more than three quarters of an hour late, it will be over between them for good.

French TV broadcast: 9th January 2007 - Runtime: 26 min 

Dialogue excerpt :

BRUNO: Rosette will soon stop laughing, for if she arrives after a quarter to, I shall stick to my guns.
PIERRE: It'll be a scene worthy of ancient times.
BRUNO: I'm impervious to your mockery. I know I'm right.
PIERRE: To be right... in love!
BRUNO: Why can't one be right in love? Is love a place where justice, wisdom and pride dare not dwell, for fear of ridicule?

Director: François Ozon
Screenplay, adaptation : François Ozon based on "Un incompris" by Henry de Montherlant

Cast: Louis Garrel (Bruno), Vahina Giocante (Rosette) and Mathieu Amalric (Pierre)

Cinematographer : Yorick Le Saux
Editor : Muriel Breton
Art Designer : Sébastien Danos
Costumer : Pascaline Chavanne
Sound : Laurent Benaim
Scriptgirl : Annick Reipert
Make-up & hairdresser : Sylvie Longchamp
Set photographer : Jean-Claude Moireau
Sound editor : Benoit Gargonne
Sound mixer : Benjamin Viau
Production manager : Cécile Vacheret
Music : Gonzales

Presented at the 59th Cannes Film Festival in the official selection (out of competition)

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Time To Leave (2005)

Time To Leave posterSynopsis : Romain is 30 years-old and learns that he has an incurable disease and only has a couple of months left to live...

French release: 30 November 2005 - Runtime: 90 min

Director : François Ozon
Screenplay and dialogue : François Ozon

Cast : Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Daniel Duval, Marie Rivière, Christian Sengewald, Louise-Anne Hippeau...

Cinematographer : Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor : Monica Coleman
Production director : Katia Wyskop

Producers : Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier (Fidélité)

Soundtrack listing : Symphonie n°3 composed by Arvo Pärt, Für Alina composed by Arvo Pärt, Tenebrae Factae Sunt composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Postludium composed by Valentin Silvestrov.

Watch the trailer - Go to the picture gallery - Buy the DVD - German official website


5x2 - Five Times Two (2004)

5x2 posterSynopsis: A young couple, Gilles and Marion in their 30's, filmed in five crucial parts of their life.

French release: 1st September 2004 - Runtime: 90 min

Director: François Ozon

Cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian, Michael Lonsdale, Antoine Chappey, Géraldine Pailhas, Marc Ruchmann...

Written by François Ozon with the collaboration of Emmanuèle Bernheim
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Sound: Jean-Pierre Duret & Brigitte Taillandier
Cast: Antoinette Boulat A.R.D.A
Director assistant: Hubert Barbin
Editor: Monica Coleman
Sound editor: Jean-Pierre Laforce
Costumer: Pascaline Chavanne
Set photographer: Jean-Claude Moireau
Production director: Marie-Jeanne Pascal

Original score composed by Philippe Rombi

Producers: Olivier Delbosc & Marc Missonnier (Fidélité)

Watch the trailer - Go to the picture gallery - Buy the DVD and the CD - Official German website


Swimming Pool (2003)

Swimming Pool posterSynopsis: Sarah (Charlotte Rampling) is a rigid and conservative, yet successful English mystery writer. Sarah's personal life and new novel take a dramatic twist when she meets her publisher's sexy, free-spirited daughter Julie (Ludivine Sagnier).

French release: 21 May 2003 - Runtime: 102 min

Director: François Ozon
Written by: François Ozon and Emmanuèle Berheim.
Cast:Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie Lamour, Mireille Mossé, Michel Fau, Jean-Claude Lecas, Lauren Farrow

Producers: Olivier Delbosc & Marc Missonnier (Fidélité)
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Composer: Philippe Rombi
Sound: Lucien Balibar
Costumer: Pascaline Chavanne
Make-up: Gill Robillard
Hairdresser: Myriam Roger
Art Designer: Wouter Zoon
Production director: Christine de Jekel
Cast: Antoinette Boulat
Set photographer: Max Hureau
Editor: Monica Coleman
Sound editor: Benoît Hillebrant, Jean-Pierre Laforce

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8 Women (2002)

8 Women posterSynopsis: An isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France. A family is gathered for the holiday season … But there will be no celebration – their beloved patriarch has been murdered!

French release: 6th February 2002 - Runtilme: 103 min

Director: François Ozon
Adapted and written by: François Ozon with the collaboration of Marina De Van. Adapted from the stage by Robert Thomas.
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine Sagnier, Firmine Richard.
Producers: Olivier Delbosc & Marc Missonnier (Fidélité Productions)
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie
Sound: Pierre Gamet, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Casting: Antoinette Boulat
Editor: Laurence Bawedin
Composer: Krishna Lévy
Costumer: Pascalie Chavanne
Art designer: Arnaud de Moléron
Choregrapher: Sébastien Charles

Music of the french trailer: "Night of the Dead" composed by Julian Nott.
Songs heard in the film:
"Papa t'es plus dans l'coup" by Ludivine Sagnier
"Message Personnel" by Isabelle Huppert
"A quoi sert de vivre libre" by Fanny Ardant
"Mon Amour, Mon Ami" by Virginie Ledoyen
"Pour ne pas vivre seule" by Firmine Richard
"Pile ou face" by Emmanuelle Béart
"Toi jamais" by Catherine Deneuve
"Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux" by Danielle Darrieux

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Under The Sand (2001)

Under The Sand posterSynopsis: For years, Marie and Jean have happily spent their vacation together in the Landes region of western France. But this summer, while Marie naps on the beach, her husband vanishes without a trace. Did he drown? Did he run off?

French release: 7th February 2001 - Runtime: 95 min 

Director: François Ozon
Written byFrançois Ozon with Emmanuèle Bernheim, Marina De Van and Marcia Romano
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot, Alexandra Stewart, Pierre Vernier, Andrée Tainsy
Produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier
Director of photography: Jeanne Lapoirie, Antoine Heberlé
Sound: Jean-Luc Audy, Benoît Hillebrant, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Casting: Antoinette Boulat
Editor: Laurence Bawedin
Composer: Philippe Rombi

Other music heard in the film: Septembre (Quel joli temps) by Barbara © les editions Métropolitaines
Undenied by Portishead © Crysalis Music LTD
Prélude Opus 28 en si mineur - Lento assai - by Frédéric Chopin
by Philippe Rombi © 2000 Fidélité Productions
Prélude en B major - Vivace - by Frédéric Chopin
Symphonie n°2 en Do mineur - Résurrection - by Gustav Mahler

A book adapted from the screenplay of Under the Sand is available in french at Editions de l'Arche.

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000)

Water Drops on Burning Rocks posterSynopsis: Germany in the 70's. Léopold, in his fifties, seduces Franz, a 19 years old boy. Franz falls in love and moves to Leopold's. But one day comes a foolish thing without importance on which they cannot agree with, a kind of divergence. But from that moment, there isn't "mutual us" anymore but only divergences.

French released on 15th March 2000 - Runtime: 90 min

Director: François Ozon
Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Anna Thomson, Ludivine Sagnier

Adaptation: François Ozon, from the stage written by Fassbinder "Tröpfen auf Heisse Steine"
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie
Sound: Eric Devulder
Editor: Laurence Bawedin
Designer: Arnaud de Mauleron
Costumes: Pascaline Chavanne
First Assistant: Hubert Barbin
Sound mixing: Jean-Pierre Laforce
Production: Fidélité productions & les Films Alain Sarde

Music: Traüme performed by Françoise Hardy. Symphonie n°4 en sol majeur (Malher). Requiem, 3. "Dies Irae" (Verdi). Zadok the priest (Haendel). Tanze Samba Mit Mir performed by Tony Holiday

Official Selection in Berlin Festival 2000
Water Drops on Burning Rocks has received the Teddy Bear Prize in Berlin Festival, rewarding the best gay and lesbian film of the competition.

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Criminal Lovers (1999)

Criminal Lovers posterSynopsis: In a small french provincial town, two teenagers, Luc and Alice, decide to commit a murder and assassinate a classmate, Saïd. They escape straight to bury the corpse in a forest where they meet a man leading a cloistered life...

French release: 18th August 1999 - Runtime: 90 min

Screenplay and director: François Ozon
Cinematographer: Pierre Stoeber
Sound: François Guillaume
Editor: Dominique Petrot
Music: Philippe Rombi
Designer: Arnaud de Mauleron
Cast: Natacha Régnier, Jérémie Renier, Miki Manojlovic,
Salim Kechiouche, Yasmine Belmadi
Production: Fidélité Productions

Official Selection in Venise Festival 1999

Releasing their second album, the english pop group Lamb has done a collector single (produced by Mercury) with the song "Gorecki", used in the film and in the trailer of The Criminal Lovers.The cover is the poster of the film.

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X2000 (1998)

X 2000 posterSynopsis: The day after the New Year's eve in 2000.

Runtime: 6 min

Screenplay and director: François Ozon
Cinematographer: Pierre Stroeber
Sound: Benoît Hillebrant
Editor: Dominique Petrot
Cast: Denise Schropfer-Aron, Bruno Slagmulder, Olivier and Lionel Le Guevellou, Lucia Sanchez, Flavien Coupeau
Production: Fidélité Productions and Canal Plus

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Sitcom (1998)

Sitcom posterSynopsis : An upper-class family is going to be upset by the presence of a rat, taken back by the father. The children and the parents are going to discover each the chaos.

French release: 27th May 1998 - Runtime: 80 min

Screenplay and director: François Ozon
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Sound: Benoît Hillebrant
Editor: Dominique Petrot
Music: Eric Neveux
Designer: Angélique Puron
Cast: Evelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina et Adrien De Van, Stéphane Rideau, Lucia Sanchez, Jules-Emmanuel Eyoum Deido
Production: Fidélité productions

Official Selection "Semaine Internationale de la Critique" Cannes in 1998

Awards: Best Actress for Marina De Van and Creation Prize in the festival of Namur (Belgique), Best Actress for Marina De Van in the festival of Sitges (Espagne).

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Bed Scenes (1998)

Bed Scenes posterSynopsis: Six visions about the relationships between men and bed.

Runtime: 26 min

Screenplay and director: François Ozon
Cinematographers: Yorick Le Saux, Matthieu Vadepied
Cast: Valérie Druguet, Camille Japy, Lucia Sanchez, François Delaive
Production: Local Films

Festivals of Valenciennes, Nancy, St-Denys. Quality Prize (CNC).

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See The Sea (1997)

See The Sea posterSynopsis: Sasha, about thirty, is on holidays with his little daughter on the seaside. Tatiana, a strange young woman, comes to camp out in her garden. A very bizarre relationship is about to evolve between the two women...

French released: 3rd December 1997 - Runtime: 52 min

Screenplay and director: François Ozon
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Sound: Daniel Sobrino
Music: Eric Neveux
Cast: Sasha Hails, Marina De Van
Production: Fidélité productions

Awards: Best Actress for Marina De Van and Prize given by the Press in Pantin, Official selection in Locarno, San Sebastian and New York festivals.

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