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What follows is a surprising exploration of how Ozon's characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings - survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Ozon drew his inspiration from a post-WWI play by Maurice Rostand that inspired the 1932 film adaption by Ernst Lubitsch under the title Broken Lullaby.
Winner - Best Cinematography (Pascal Marti), 42nd César Awards
Winner - Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress (Paula Beer), 2016 Venice Film Festival
Winner - Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance International Narrative (Paula Beer) & Best International Feature, 2017 Gasparilla International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2017 Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Spotlight Selection - 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection - 2016 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection - 2016 Toronto International Film Festival
François Ozon’s “Frantz” is a very modern period piece—and a beautiful one—with a fascinating lineage. The period is post-World War I—1919, to be exact, immediately after the war to end all wars. In a quiet German town, a young woman, Anna (Paula Beer), discovers that a mysterious Frenchman has laid ...