(November 15, 1967 - living) France
Director and screenwriter
François Ozon was born in Paris, the son of bourgeois intellectuals. He became interested in filmmaking at a young age.
He was influenced by such Hollywood-based European directors as Hitchcock, Max Ophuls, and Jean Renoir, and also found great inspiration in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (one of Fassbinder's early plays would later inspire Ozon's Water Drops on Burning Rocks).
After earning a master's degree in cinema (Paris I), Ozon attended La FEMIS, France's prestigious national film school, and began turning out large numbers of Super 8, video, 16 mm, and 35mm films, some of which took their cues from the numerous home movies Ozon's father shot during his son's childhood.
Many of these shorts were screened at various international film festivals or screened on French television, and in 1996 Ozon was awarded the "Locarno Film Festival's Leopard de Demain" for A Summer Dress.
His films include:
- La Petite Mort (1995)
- Une robe d'été (Summer Dress, 1996)
- Regarde le mer (See the Sea, 1997)
- Sitcom (1998)
- Les amants criminels (The Criminal Lovers, 1998)
- Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brulantes (Waterdrops on Burning Rocks, 1999)
- Sous la table (Under the Table, 2000)
- 8 femmes (8 Women, 2002)