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By the Grace of God

François Ozon
Grâce à Dieu
France, Belgium 2018 / 137’
subtitles: Polish and English
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By taking on the subject of pedophilia in the church, one of France’s best contemporary directors breaks through yet another taboo. In By the Grace of God,an award winner at the Berlinale, François Ozon focuses on the scandal involving the cardinal of Lyons, Bernard Preynat. Although the film tells a story that made plenty of headlines, it is very different from the stories that appeared in French newspapers, probably because Ozon is more interested in the victims—people who, years later, have found the courage to speak out about their trauma and to demand punishment for the guilty parties—than the demonic figure who abused them. Thanks to the determination and passion of the protagonists in their fight against a powerful opponent, By the Grace of Godhas earned comparisons to the Oscar-winning Spotlight; although Ozon’s film has comparable firepower, it is much more ambitious—both in its length (almost 140 minutes, which passes in the blink of an eye) and its surprising narrative experiments straight out of the works of Hitchcock or Antonioni.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Berlin IFF 2019 - Grand Jury Prize

Screenings

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sa 27 Jul, 15:45knh 1
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François Ozon

Born in Paris in 1967, François Ozon graduated in 1993 from the French film school La Fémis with a degree in directing. He made his full-length feature debut in 1998 with Sitcom. In 2002, he gained international fame thanks to 8 Women, starring Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Fanny Ardant. In 2012, he won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and a European Film Award for the best screenwriter for In the House. He is widely recognized as one of the most important directors in contemporary French cinema.

Selected filmography

1998 Sitcom

2002 8 kobiet / 8 femmes / 8 Women

2003 Basen / Swimming Pool

2012 U niej w domu / Dans de la maison / In the House

2013 Młoda i piękna / Jeune et jolie / Young and Beautiful

Cast & Crew

director François Ozon
screenplay François Ozon
cinematography Manuel Dacosse
editing Laure Gardette
music Jewgienij Galperine, Sasza Galperine
cast Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, Josiane Balasko
producer Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
production Mandarin Films
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language French
colouration colour