Famous French Screenwriters

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Sophie Marceau
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Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Sophie Marceau is best known for her César Award-winning performance in the French comedy La Boum 2. She has also appeared in English films such as Braveheart, Firelight, and The World Is Not Enough. She has written a novel, is a trained cellist, and has delivered an award-winning directorial debut.

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Luc Besson
(Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Known for Making Highly Visual Thriller and Action Films)

Luc Besson
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Birthdate: March 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Luc Besson is a French film director, producer, and screenwriter. He started working in the film industry as an assistant to famous directors and learned the nuances of direction. He then moved on to direct films and launched his own production company. He is considered a key figure in the Cinéma du look movement. 

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Director and A Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement Best Known for His Film 'Breathless')

Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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Guillaume Canet
(French Actor & Director Known for His Films 'Joyeux Noël', 'The Beach' and 'Tell No One')

Guillaume Canet
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Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Born into a family of horse breeders, actor, director and screenwriter Guillaume Canet aspired to become a show jumper. However, a fall at the age of eighteen steered his destiny towards acting and very soon he was staring in films like Joyeux Noël and The Beach.  Eventually he also started directing; winning several awards for his 2006 production, Tell No One.  

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François Truffaut
(One of the Founders of the 'French New Wave' Art Movement & An Icon of the French Film Industry)

François Truffaut
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Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

François Truffaut was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is credited to be one of the founders of the French New Wave. Beginning his career in the mid-1950s, he was active in the entertainment industry for close to three decades. His film The 400 Blows is considered a defining film of the French New Wave movement. 

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Jeanne Moreau
(Actress)

Jeanne Moreau
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Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 31, 2017

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Frank Darabont
(Director and Screenwriter Known for His Films 'The Green Mile’ and 'The Shawshank Redemption')

Frank Darabont
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Birthdate: January 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montbéliard, France

A lifelong fan of horror books and movies, especially of Stephen King, three-time Oscar nominated film director and screenwriter Frank Darabont decided to take up film making as his profession after seeing THX 1138. Beginning his career with screenwriting, he debuted as director with Buried Alive, eventually making such magnificent films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.

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Agnes Varda
(Film Director)

Agnes Varda
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Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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Maiwenn
(Known for Her Screenwriting and Directorial Work on Polisse (2011), Pardonnez-Moi (2006))

Maiwenn
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France

Pressured by her mother, actress-cum-filmmaker Maiwenn began her acting career at a very tender age, making her mark with the role of Elle, as a child, in One Deadly Summer. Continuing to perform, she took a hiatus after her marriage, eventually returning to acting, starring in movies like High Tension before venturing into film-direction; she quickly achieved international recognition with Polisse

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Roger Vadim
(Director and Screenwriter Best Known for His Films: 'And God Created Woman', 'Blood and Roses' and 'Barbarella')

Roger Vadim
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Birthdate: January 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 11, 2000

Roger Vadim was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and artist. He is remembered for his visually aesthetic movies with erotic qualities. He was also popular for his relationships with beautiful actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Cindy Pickett, and Margaret Markov. Also an author, Vadim wrote several books, including his autobiography, From One Star to the Next.

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Michel Gondry
(Film director)

Michel Gondry
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Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Versailles, France

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Saïd Taghmaoui
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Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villepinte, France

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Jean Renoir
(French Film Director & Screenwriter Known for His Films 'La Grande Illusion' and 'The Rules of the Game')

Jean Renoir
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Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1979

Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. The son of the prominent painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. He started working during the silent film era and made more than 40 silent films. In 1975, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet
(Film director who achieved his biggest success with the release of Amélie, gaining international acclaim and reaching BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Birthdate: September 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Coteau, France

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Mathieu Kassovitz
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Birthdate: August 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Robert Bresson
(Director)

Robert Bresson
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Birthdate: September 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromont-Lamothe, France
Died: December 18, 1999

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Claire Denis
(Film director)

Claire Denis
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Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Jamel Debbouze
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Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Olivier Assayas
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic)

Olivier Assayas
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Birthdate: January 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Julia Ducournau
(Director)

Julia Ducournau
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Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Judith Godrèche
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Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Céline Sciamma
(Filmmaker)

Céline Sciamma
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Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontoise, France

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Dany Boon
(Actor)

Dany Boon
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Birthdate: June 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Armentières, France

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Henri Charrière
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Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: July 29, 1973

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François Ozon
(Film director, Screenwriter)

François Ozon
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Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Alain Resnais
(Film director)

Alain Resnais
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Birthdate: June 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vannes, France
Died: March 1, 2014

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Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Film director)

Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Birthdate: October 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Île-de-France, France

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Françoise Sagan
(Playwright)

Françoise Sagan
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Birthdate: June 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cajarc, France
Died: September 24, 2004

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Jacques Audiard
(Film director)

Jacques Audiard
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Birthdate: April 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Christian Clavier
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Birthdate: May 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Jean-Marc Barr
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Birthdate: September 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bitburg, Germany

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Catherine Breillat
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Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France

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Maïmouna Doucouré
(Film director)

Maïmouna Doucouré
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Leos Carax
(Film director)

Leos Carax
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Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

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Abdellatif Kechiche
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director)

Abdellatif Kechiche
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Birthdate: December 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia

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Alain Chabat
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Birthdate: November 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

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Michel Hazanavicius
(Film director)

Michel Hazanavicius
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Marcel Pagnol
(Novelist)

Marcel Pagnol
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Birthdate: February 28, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aubagne, France
Died: April 18, 1974

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Pierre Richard
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Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France

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Max Ophüls
(Film Director)

Max Ophüls
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Birthdate: May 6, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 26, 1957

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Vincent Lindon
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Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France

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Pascal Laugier
(Screenwriter, Film director)

Pascal Laugier
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Birthdate: October 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: French

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Reda Kateb
(Actor)

Reda Kateb
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Birthdate: July 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivry-sur-Seine, France

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Niels Arestrup
(Actor, film director, screenwriter who has won three César Awards)

Niels Arestrup
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Birthdate: February 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Lucile Hadžihalilović
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Birthdate: May 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France

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Jean Anouilh
(Dramatist)

Jean Anouilh
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Birthdate: June 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: October 3, 1987

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Gilles Lellouche
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Birthdate: July 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Savigny-sur-Orge, France

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Michael Sinterniklaas
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Birthdate: August 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France

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Kad Merad
(filmmaker)

Kad Merad
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Birthdate: March 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria

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Philippe Garrel
(Film director)

Philippe Garrel
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Birthdate: April 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France