Frantz

Curzon Film World

Distribution: Selective scheme

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

45,700

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Distribution: Selective scheme

Call number

19/2016

Call publication date

21 Sep 2016

Application deadline

1 Dec 2016

Result publication date

6 Apr 2017

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.

Creative Europe supported the distribution of this French-German co-production through the Selective and Automatic distribution schemes.

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

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