Francis Veber

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Francis Veber
Francis Veber 2012.jpg
Veber in 2012
Born Francis Paul Veber
(1937-07-28) 28 July 1937 (age 78)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer; theater playwright
Spouse(s) Francoise Veber
Awards Academy Award nominee, La cage aux folles
César Award winner, Le dîner de cons, and four-time nominee
Lumière Film Award winner, Le dîner de cons

Francis Paul Veber (born 28 July 1937) is a French film director, screenwriter and producer, and playwright.[1] He has written and directed both French and American films. Eight French-language films with which he has been involved, as either writer or director or both, have been remade as English-language Hollywood films: Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (as The Man with One Red Shoe), L'emmerdeur (as Buddy Buddy), La Cage aux Folles (as The Birdcage), Le Jouet (as The Toy), Les Compères (as Fathers' Day), La chèvre (as Pure Luck), Les Fugitifs (as Three Fugitives), and Le dîner de cons (as Dinner for Schmucks). He also wrote the screenplay for My Father the Hero, the 1994 American remake of the French-language film Mon père, ce héros.

Some of his screenplays started as theater plays (for instance, Le dîner de cons). This theatrical experience contributes to his films' tight structure, resulting in what has been called "marvels of economy".[2]

Many of his French comedies feature recurring types of characters, named François Pignon (a bungler) and François Perrin (a bully).


Veber was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, the son of a writer mother and Pierre-Gilles Veber, a screenwriter. Veber's father was Jewish and his mother was Armenian-Russian (Veber was baptized at birth).[3][4] His grand-uncle was writer Tristan Bernard.[5]


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  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ Terry Keefe (2008-01-19). "Francis Veber: The Hollywood Interview". The Hollywood Interview. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ Insdorf, Annette (1985-07-28). "French Films, American Style". The New York Times. 
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  6. ^ "ORDRE DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR Décret du 3 avril 1996 portant promotion et nomination". JORF 1996 (84): 5438. 07-04-1996. PREX9610753D. Retrieved 2009-03-22.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Décret du 21 mars 2008 portant promotion et nomination". JORF 2008 (71): 5024. 2008-03-23. PREX0804596D. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Décret du 14 mai 2001 portant promotion et nomination". JORF 2001 (112): 7695. 2001-05-15. PREX0104833D. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 

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