|Born||28 June 1979|
|Occupation||Novelist, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, film director|
Florian Zeller (French: [zɛlɛʁ]; born 28 June 1979) is a French novelist, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, and film director. He won the Prix Interallié for his 2004 novel The Fascination of Evil and several awards for his plays. He wrote and directed his first film, 2020's The Father, based on his play of the same name, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The film received six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, with Zeller co-winning Best Adapted Screenplay. It also received four nominations at the 78th Golden Globe Awards and six nominations at the 74th British Academy Film Awards.
Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. But it was his third novel, The Fascination of Evil, which made him a household name in France. It was selected for the Prix Goncourt.
His play, The Father, played in London's West End to critical acclaim and top listings in the Best Plays of the Year. It was considered as "the most acclaimed new play of the last decade". and won several awards and nominations in Paris, London and New York. According to The Times, The Father is "one of the greatest plays of the century".
His play, The Height of the Storm, starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, opened in London's West End in September 2018 and on New York's Broadway in September 2019. It has been named "best play of 2018" and "one of the best plays of the 21st century" by The Guardian.
The Son opened in London in February 2019 and in London's West End in September 2019 with rave reviews.
His plays are staged in more than 45 countries.
Zeller wrote the screenplays for the 2008 film Castle in Sweden, the 2014 film Do Not Disturb, and the 2018 film The Other Woman. He wrote and directed his first film, 2020's The Father, based on his play. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020. The film received acclaim from critics, who lauded Hopkins and Colman's performances and praised its depiction of dementia. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 8.50/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Led by stellar performances and artfully helmed by writer-director Florian Zeller, The Father presents a devastatingly empathetic portrayal of dementia." At Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, the film received four nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama. It also received six nominations at the 74th British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, and six Oscars nominations. Zeller and Christopher Hampton won a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film.
In March and April 2021, it was announced that Zeller co-wrote with Christopher Hampton and will direct their adaptation of The Son (which serves as Zeller's and Hampton's follow-up to The Father), with Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby to star in the film.
Zeller lives in Paris. In 2010, he married ex-model, actress and sculptor Marine Delterme, who played one of the main roles in the Parisian production of his play Le Manège. Their son, Roman, was born in December 2008.
- 2004: L'Autre
- 2005: Le Manège
- 2006: Si tu mourais
- 2008: Elle t'attend
- 2010: The Mother (2015 in London, 2019 in New York)
- 2011: The Truth (2017 in London)
- 2012: Le Père (The Father) (2014 in London, 2016 in New York, adapted into the 2015 film Floride and the 2020 film The Father)
- 2013: Une heure de tranquillité (adapted into the 2014 film Do Not Disturb)
- 2014: The Lie (2017 in London)
- 2016: L'Envers du décor (adapted into the 2018 film The Other Woman)
- 2016: The Height of the Storm (2018 in London)
- 2018: The Son (2019 in London, adapted into the upcoming film The Son)
- 2021: The Forest (2021 in London)
- 2008: Castle in Sweden (writer)
- 2014: Do Not Disturb (writer)
- 2018: The Other Woman (writer)
- 2020: The Father (writer and director)
- TBA: The Son (writer and director)
- 2002: Artificial Snow
- 2003: Lovers or Something Like It
- 2004: The Fascination of Evil
- 2006: Julien Parme
- 2012: La Jouissance
Awards and nominations
This section's factual accuracy is disputed. (March 2021)
|Prix Interallié||Fascination of Evil||Won||Best Novel in 2004|
|Prix Théâtre of the Académie française||Si tu mourais (2006)||Won||Best Play|
|Molière Awards||Nominated||Best Play|
|The Mother (2011)||Nominated||Best Play|
|The Son (2018)||Nominated||Best Play|
|Le Père||Won||Best Play|
|Theatre Awards UK||Nominated||Best Play in 2015|
|Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Nominated||Best Play in 2015|
|Laurence Olivier Awards||The Father||Nominated||Best Play in 2015|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Nominated||Best Play in 2016|
|Drama League Awards||Nominated||Best Play in 2016|
|Tony Awards||Nominated||Best Play in 2016|
|Academy Theatre Awards (Israel)||Won||Best Play in 2016|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||The Mother||Nominated||Best Play in 2016|
|Friedrich-Luft-Preis (Berlin)||The Father||Nominated||Best Play in 2017|
|Irish Times Theatre Awards (Dublin)||Nominated||Best Play in 2017|
|Laurence Olivier Awards||The Truth||Nominated||Best Comedy in 2017|
|Aplauso Brasil Awards||The Father||Won||Best Play in 2017|
|Manchester Theatre Awards (UK)||Won||Best Play in 2018|
|Hong Kong Drama Awards (HK)||The Father and The Truth||Won||Best Play in 2018|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||The Son||Nominated||Best Play in 2019|
|Yomiuri Prize (Japan)||The Father||Nominated||Best Play in 2020|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards (Broadway)||The Height of the Storm||Won||Best Play in 2020|||
|BIFA||The Father||Won||Best Screenplay|||
|Nominated||Best Film in 2020|||
|Nominated||Best Director in 2020|||
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Won||Best First Film|||
|Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Nominated||Best Director|||
|Nominated||Best First Film|||
|Nominated||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated||Best Screenplay|||
|Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Nominated||Best First Film|||
|Nominated||Best New Filmmaker|||
|Chicago Indie Critics Awards||Nominated||Best Independent Film|||
|Nominated||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Won||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|Houston Film Critics Society Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||Nominated||Best British Film|||
|Premios CEC (Spain)||Nominated||Best Foreign Film|||
|Goya Awards (Spain)||Won||Best European Film|||
|Satellite Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Won||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|Hollywood Critics Association Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Golden Globes||Nominated||Best Motion Picture – Drama|||
|Critics Choice Awards||Nominated||Best Screenplay|||
|AACTA Awards||Nominated||Best Screenplay|||
|Nevada Film Critics Society Awards||Won||Best Adapted Screenplay|
|BAFTA Film Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Nominated||Outstanding British Film|||
|Won||Best Adapted Screenplay|||
|Directors Guild of America Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement of first-time Feature Film Director|||
|Austin Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated||Best Screenplay|||
|Academy Awards||Won||Best Adapted Screenplay|
|European Film Awards||Nominated||Best Film|||
|Won||Best European Screenplay|||
|Golden Rooster Awards||Won||Best International Film|||
|Cesar Awards||Won||Best International Film|||
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