Born in Paris in 1980, an école normale supérieure honors graduate in modern literature and an alumna of FEMIS, Rebecca Zlotowski directed her first feature film in 2010, Dear Prudence, which was presented at Cannes Critics’ Week, won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film and earned Léa Seydoux a César nomination for Most Promising Actress. In 2013, she was a member of the Deauville American Film Festival jury presided by Vincent Lindon. That same year, her second feature, Grand Central, a luminous film of atmospheric lyricism, was presented as an official selection of the Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. This was followed by Planetarium, a melancholy homage to cinema that questioned our belief in images. An Easy Girl, a wily Rohmerian tale, enchanted Directors’ Fortnight in 2019, while her series Savages made its mark on the world of television this year through its panoramic, sharply political interrogation of multicultural identity in France.
In barely ten years, through four features and one series, Rebecca Zlotowski has become an essential filmmaker, blowing a fresh gust of modernity into young French cinema. Armed with a solid love of film and a passionate temperament, active in the 50/50 collective and co-president of the SRF, she has defied the glass ceiling and become in just a few short years the very incarnation of a virtuosic new international auteur cinema with a distinctly feminine bent.
Not content only to direct, Rebecca Zlotowski also writes, quite a lot, with Sabri Loutah, Teddy Lussi Modeste and Philippe Grandrieux, never ceasing to consider film and screenwriting in particular as a collective art, a space for debate and sharing.
“I have great, great faith in cinema as a lyrical, novelistic and political tool,” says Rebecca Zlotowski, and each of her films bears witness to the infinite respect the filmmaker brings to her art… A faith that will make her, without any doubt, a remarkable Revelation Jury President for the 46th Deauville American Film Festival.
The Revelation Jury, led by Rebecca Zlotowski, will bestow the Louis Roederer Foundation Revelation Prize at the awards ceremony on Saturday, September 12th.
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