Synopsis

One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz, an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby. In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.   Shot with stunning black-and-white photography, Frantz is a masterfully told story of romance, grief and guilt featuring two remarkable lead performances from newcomers Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. At once graceful and and gripping, it is an intimate and timely exploration of healing and forgiveness across European borders.

Director

François Ozon

Cast

Pierre Niney: Adrien Paula Beer: Anna Ernst Stötzner: Hoffmeister Marie Gruber: Magda Johann von Bülow: Kreutz Anton von Lucke: Frantz Cyrielle Clair: Adrien's mother Alice de Lencquesaing: Fanny


Crew

François Ozon: Director / screenwriter Eric Altmayer: Producer Nicolas Altmayer: Producer (Mandarin) Stefan Arndt: Co-producer Uwe Schott: Co-producer (X Filme) Philippe Piazzo: Screenplay in collaboration with Ernst Lubitsch: Loosely based on Broken Lullaby by Pascal Marti: Director of Photography Michel Barthelemy: Production Designer Pascaline Chavanne: Costume Designer Philippe Rombi: Music

Details

Production year: 2016 Loosely based on Broken Lullaby by Ernst Lubitsch DVD catalogue number: ART826DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART213BD

Awards

Official competition, 2016 Venice Film Festival
Official selection, 2016 Toronto International Film Festival
Winner of the 2017 Cesar Award for Best Cinematography
Winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor (Paula Beer), 2016 Venice Film Festival

Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama, Romance

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: François Ozon

CAST:
Pierre Niney: Adrien
Paula Beer: Anna
Ernst Stötzner: Hoffmeister
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CREW:
François Ozon: Director / screenwriter
Eric Altmayer: Producer
Nicolas Altmayer: Producer (Mandarin)
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DURATION: 114 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Germany

LANGUAGES: French, German

AWARDS:
Official competition, 2016 Venice Film Festival
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Reviews


  • “Sumptuous... Feels like new territory for Ozon”

    Nigel M Smith, The Guardian


  • “Pitch-perfect performances... an unashamed throwback to old cinematic values”

    Phil De Semlyen, Empire


  • “Beautifully made and very moving”

    Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent


  • “Elegant... Beer’s silky self-possession is utterly beguiling”

    Wendy Ide, The Observer


  • “Handsome, teasing and therapeutically smart”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


  • “A fascinating exploration of the complexities of war from the perspective of those left behind”

    Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman

Articles

François Ozon

Interview with Financial Times

Paula Beer

Interview with The Upcoming

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