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François Ozon

François Ozon (pronounced: [fʁɑ̃.swa o.zɔ̃], born 15 November 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new “New Wave” in French cinema such as Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Philippe Ramos, and Yves Caumon, as well as a group of French filmmakers associated with a "cinema du corps/cinema of the body". Ozon was born in Paris, France. 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 by both critics and audiences. After the Fassbinder adaptation Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (2000) came the movie which made his name outside France, 8 femmes, starring such icons of French cinema as Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Béart.

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