focus on francois ozon


To celebrate the release of his new film Angel, ACMI pays tribute to the stylish, sexually charged and multifaceted works of François Ozon.

Fri 5 October - Sun 14 October 2007
Full $13 Concession $10

Once considered the enfant terrible of French cinema, Ozon continues to engage audiences with his unique brand of storytelling in which cool contemporary dramas sit seamlessly alongside epic baroque melodramas.

The season will include four double bills, each teaming an Ozon film with a feature nominated by the director as an inspiration or ideal screening companion:
Water Drops on Burning Rocks with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Fear Eats the Soul;
Eight Women
with Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life;
Swimming Pool
with Ingmar Bergman's Persona;
5 x 2
with Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour.

Curated by Kristy Matheson


Ozon's sweeping epic charts the radiant rise and devastating fall of florid romance writer, Angel Deverell.

fear eats the soul

Fassbinder's gripping domestic melodrama explores victimisation and conformity in post-war Germany.

water drops on burning rocks

Ozon's captivating study of erotically-charged power struggles is a camp extravaganza, full of sex, dancing and high-wire melodrama!


The demure of an upper class family is thrown into chaos in Ozon's riotous debut feature.

under the sand

Ozon's 'tearless melodrama' stars Charlotte Rampling as a middle aged woman grappling with the mysterious disappearance of her husband.

8 femmes

Ozon assembled the crème de la crème au féminin for his riotous candy-coloured whodunit, set in a snowbound mansion.

imitation of life

Lana Turner stars in Sirk's classic tearjerker as a single mother desperate for fame and a life in the theatre.

the short films of françois ozon

Long before his first feature was crafted, Ozon's filmography totalled somewhere in the vicinity of 18 shorts, including numerous Super 8 experiments.

5 x 2

Conjuring the spirit of Bergman's relationship films, Ozon's exquisitely crafted drama about the inner workings of a marriage is simply masterful.

belle de jour

Buñuel's adaptation finds the sublimely beautiful Séverine married to a successful doctor, yet emotionally sealed off in matters of physical intimacy.

criminal lovers

Fairytales and real life tales of passion and murder intertwine in Ozon's second feature.

time to leave

This 'masculine melodrama' set in modern day Paris, focuses on a self obsessed fashion photographer confronted with terminal illness.

swimming pool

Ozon's seductive fantasy-thriller, reunites the director with his two muses, Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.


A surreal examination of the symbiotic relationship between two women set in a remote summer house.

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