Rebecca Zlotowski

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Rebecca Zlotowski
Rebecca Zlotowski Deauville 2013.jpg
Zlotowski at the 2013 Deauville American Film Festival
Born Rebecca Myriam Clara Zlotowski
(1980-04-21) 21 April 1980 (age 37)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2006–present

Rebecca Zlotowski (born 21 April 1980) is a French film director and screenwriter. Her second feature film Grand Central, a love story exploring three-way romance between nuclear plant workers, won the François Chalais Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Her father came to France from Poland when he was five. “Jewish people were leaving Poland because it was not a good country for us.”[2]

Zlotowski is a graduate of France’s prestigious Femis school. She began her career as a screenwriter. She has written screenplays for several short films. She co-wrote Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s Jimmy Riviere.[3]

Zlotowski made her directorial debut with the film Belle Épine, which premiered in the International Critics' Week section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film starred Léa Seydoux and although it wasn't a commercial success, the film won a Louis Delluc Prize for best first film and Seydoux was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress.[3]

She followed up that film with Grand Central starring Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

In 2014, Zlotowski was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[4] She was the head of the jury for the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for the International Critics' Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

She was selected to be on the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films sections of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

In 2015 Zlotowski announced her next film would be Planetarium starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as sisters.[7]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2006 Dans le rang Yes Short film
2006 Les Garçons Yes Short film
2007 Dans l'œil Yes Short film
2007 Parcours d'obstacles Yes Short film
2009 Just for Sex Yes Short film
2010 Belle Épine Yes Yes Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival-Caméra d'Or
2011 Jimmy Rivière Yes
2013 Grand Central Yes Yes Cabourg Film Festival-Grand Prix
François Chalais Prize
Lumières Award-Special Jury Prize
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Director
2013 You and the Night Yes Scenario consultant
2015 Despite the Night Yes Co-writer
2016 Planetarium Yes Yes


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