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Florian Zeller

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Florian Zeller
Zeller in 2021
Zeller in 2021
Born (1979-06-28) 28 June 1979 (age 43)
Paris, France
OccupationNovelist, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, film director
GenreLiterary fiction
Years active2002–present
(m. 2010)

Florian Zeller (French: [zɛlɛʁ];[1] 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.[2][3] 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.

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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".[4][5] and won several awards and nominations in Paris, London and New York.[6] According to The Times, The Father is "one of the greatest plays of the century".[7]

His comedy, The Truth, opened in London's West End in June 2017 and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.

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.[8] It has been named "best play of 2018"[9] and "one of the best plays of the 21st century" by The Guardian.[10]

His play, The Mother, starring Isabelle Huppert, opened in New York in February 2019.[11]

The Son opened in London in February 2019 and transferred to the West End in September 2019 with rave reviews.[12]

His plays have been staged in more than 45 countries.[citation needed]


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.[13][14][15][16][17] 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."[18] At Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[19] 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.[20][21][22]

Personal life

Zeller lives in Paris. In 2010, he married ex-model, actress and sculptor Marine Delterme,[23][24] who played one of the main roles in the Parisian production of his play Le Manège. Their son, Roman, was born in December 2008.[25] His older son, Gabriel, was born when Zeller was nineteen.[26]


  • 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: Le Fils (The Son) (2019 in London, adapted into the 2022 film The Son)
  • 2021: The Forest (2021 in London)



  • 2002: Artificial Snow
  • 2003: Lovers or Something Like It
  • 2004: The Fascination of Evil
  • 2006: Julien Parme
  • 2012: La Jouissance

Awards and nominations

Award Work Result Category Ref
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 [de] (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 [27]
BIFA The Father Won Best Screenplay [28]
Nominated Best Film in 2020 [29]
Nominated Best Director in 2020 [29]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Won Best First Film [30]
Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards Nominated Best Film [31]
Nominated Best Screenplay [31]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Nominated Best Director [31]
Nominated Best First Film [31]
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay [31]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Nominated Best Screenplay [32]
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay [33]
Nominated Breakthrough Director [33]
Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards Nominated Best Film [34]
Nominated Best First Film [34]
Nominated Best Director [34]
Nominated Best New Filmmaker [34]
Nominated Best Screenplay [34]
Chicago Indie Critics Awards Nominated Best Independent Film [35]
Nominated Best Director [35]
Nominated Best Adapted Screenplay [35]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Won Best Adapted Screenplay [36]
Nominated Best Director [36]
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Nominated Best Film [37]
London Critics Circle Film Awards Nominated Best British Film [38]
Premios CEC (Spain) Nominated Best Foreign Film [39]
Goya Awards (Spain) Won Best European Film [40]
Satellite Awards Nominated Best Film [41]
Nominated Best Director [41]
Won Best Adapted Screenplay [42]
Hollywood Critics Association Awards Nominated Best Film [43]
Nominated Best Screenplay [43]
Golden Globes Nominated Best Motion Picture – Drama [44]
Nominated Best Screenplay [44]
Critics Choice Awards Nominated Best Screenplay [45]
AACTA Awards Nominated Best Screenplay [46]
Nominated Best Film [46]
Nevada Film Critics Society Awards Won Best Adapted Screenplay
BAFTA Film Awards Nominated Best Film [47]
Nominated Outstanding British Film [47]
Won Best Adapted Screenplay [47]
Directors Guild of America Awards Nominated Outstanding Directorial Achievement of first-time Feature Film Director [48]
Austin Film Critics Association Awards Nominated Best Screenplay [49]
Academy Awards Won Best Adapted Screenplay
European Film Awards Nominated Best Film [50]
Nominated Best Director
Won Best European Screenplay [50]
Golden Rooster Awards Won Best International Film [51]
Cesar Awards Won Best International Film [52]


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