Christophe Honoré

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Christophe Honoré
Honoré in 2010
Born (1970-04-10) 10 April 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Film director, writer
Years active2000–present

Christophe Honoré (born 10 April 1970) is a French writer and film and theatre director.


Honoré was born in Carhaix, Finistère. After moving to Paris in 1995, he wrote articles in Les Cahiers du Cinéma. He started writing soon after. His 1996 book Tout contre Léo (Close to Leo) talks about HIV and is aimed at young adults; he made it into a film in 2002. He wrote other books for young adults throughout the late 1990s. His first play, Les Débutantes, was performed at Avignon's Off Festival in 1998. In 2005, he returned to Avignon to present Dionysos impuissant in the "In" Festival, with Joana Preiss and Louis Garrel playing the leads.

A well-known director, he is considered an "auteur" in French cinema. His 2006 film Dans Paris has led him to be considered by French critics as the heir to the Nouvelle Vague cinema. In 2007, Les Chansons d'amour was one of the films selected to be in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Honoré is openly gay,[2] and some of his movies or screenplays (among them Les Filles ne savent pas nager, Dix-sept fois Cécile Cassard and Les Chansons d'amour) deal with gay or lesbian relations. His film Plaire, aimer et courir vite (Sorry Angel), about a writer who has contracted HIV in the 1990s, won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film in 2018.[3] Honoré has been the screenwriter for some of Gaël Morel's films. The actors Louis Garrel and Chiara Mastroianni have each had roles in several of his films.

Honoré has also directed several operas for the stage. For the Opéra de Lyon he directed Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites in 2013, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 2015, and Verdi's Don Carlos in 2018.[4] He also presented his production of Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival[5] and the Edinburgh Festival[6] in 2016, and Puccini's Tosca at Aix-en-Provence in 2019;[7] both of these productions adopted a radical approach to traditional works.[8][9]

In the summer of 2020 Honoré's rehearsals of his stage production of Le Côté de Guermantes, based on the third volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time, were interrupted by restrictions to combat the COVID-19 epidemic and it became impossible to present it at the Comédie-Française as planned. With his troupe of actors he decided to make a film about the production and the uncertainties they were now facing, and the film Guermantes was released in September 2021.[10][11]


Year Title English title Credited as Notes
Director Writer
2000 Les filles ne savent pas nager Girls Can't Swim Yes Directed by Anne-Sophie Birot
2001 Nous deux Yes Yes Short film
2002 17 fois Cécile Cassard Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un certain regard
2002 Tout contre Léo Close to Leo Yes Yes Telefilm
2002 Novo Novo Yes Directed by Jean-Pierre Limosin
2004 Ma mère My Mother Yes Yes
2004 Le Clan 3 Dancing Slaves Yes Directed by Gaël Morel.
2006 Dans Paris Inside Paris Yes Yes
2007 Les Chansons d'amour Love Songs Yes Yes Cabourg Film Festival - Best Director
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
2007 Après lui After Him Yes Directed by Gaël Morel.
2008 Hôtel Kuntz Yes Yes Short film
2008 Le Bruit des gens autour Sunny Spells Yes Directed by Diastème.
2008 La Belle Personne The Beautiful Person Yes Yes Telefilm. Nominated—César Award for Best Adaptation
2009 Non ma fille tu n'iras pas danser Making Plans for Lena Yes Yes
2010 Homme au bain Man at Bath Yes Yes Nominated—Locarno International Film Festival - Golden Leopard
2011 Les Bien-aimés Beloved Yes Yes
2011 Let My People Go! Let My People Go! Yes Directed by Mikael Buch.
2014 Métamorphoses Metamorphoses Yes Yes Nominated—Venice Film Festival - Venice Days Award
2015 Les Deux Amis Two Friends Yes Directed by Louis Garrel.
2016 Les Malheurs de Sophie Sophie's Misfortunes Yes Yes
2018 Plaire, aimer et courir vite Sorry Angel Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
2019 Chambre 212 On a Magical Night Yes Yes Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Prix Un certain regard
2021 Guermantes Yes Yes
2022 Le Lycéen Winter Boy Yes Yes


  • 1995 : Tout contre Léo (jeunesse), turned into a film in 2002
  • 1996 : C'est plus fort que moi (jeunesse)
  • 1997 : Je joue très bien tout seul (jeunesse)
  • 1997 : L'Affaire petit Marcel (jeunesse)
  • 1997 : L’Infamille (Éditions de l'Olivier, ISBN 2-87929-143-7)
  • 1998 : Zéro de lecture (jeunesse)
  • 1998 : Une toute petite histoire d'amour (jeunesse)
  • 1998 : Je ne suis pas une fille à papa (jeunesse)
  • 1999 : Les Nuits où personne ne dort (jeunesse)
  • 1999 : Mon cœur bouleversé (jeunesse)
  • 1999 : Bretonneries (jeunesse)
  • 1999 : La Douceur (Éditions de L'Olivier, ISBN 2-87929-236-0)

Theatre and opera[edit]


  • 1998: Les Débutantes
  • 2001: Le Pire du troupeau
  • 2004: Beautiful Guys
  • 2005: Dionysos impuissant
  • 2012: La Faculté
  • 2012: Un jeune se tue
  • 2012: Nouveau Roman
  • 2015: Violentes femmes



  • Gerstner, David A. and Julien Nahmias. Christophe Honoré: A Critical Introduction.[12]
  • Rees-Roberts, Nick. French Queer Cinema. Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Love Songs". Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  2. ^ "San Francisco Bay Times - LGBTQ News & Calendar for the Bay Area".
  3. ^ "Le film Plaire, aimer et courir vite de Christophe Honoré remporte le prix Louis Delluc 2018". Le Monde, 12 December 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  4. ^ Biography of Christophe Honoré at Opéra de Lyon website. (Archived at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ Così fan tutte at Aix-en-Provence Festival 2016. (Archived at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  6. ^ Così fan tutte at Edinburgh International Festival 2016. (Archived at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ Tosca at Aix-en-Provence Festival 2019. (Archived at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  8. ^ Così fan tutte in The Guardian 27 July 2016. (Archived at the Wayback Machine.) Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  9. ^ Tosca reviewed in The New York Times 5 July 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  10. ^ Comédie-Française. Le Côté de Guermantes. [Retrieved 28 September 2021]
  11. ^ Jean-Marc Lalanne, "Avec Guermantes, Christophe Honoré se met au documenteur et s’en tire avec les honneurs", in Les Inrockuptibles, 28 septembre 2021. [Retrieved 28 September 2021]
  12. ^ Gerstner, David A.; Nahmias, Julian (2015). Christophe Honoré: A Critical Introduction. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 272. ISBN 9780814338636. Retrieved 12 December 2015.

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