Florian Zeller, the new “Frenchy” who triumphs in Hollywood

PORTRAIT – The most performed French playwright abroad wins the Oscar for best adaptation for his first film, The Father, performed by award-winning Anthony Hopkins.

We will long remember the acceptance speech delivered by the French playwright Florian Zeller, live from the 93e Oscars ceremony. Behind him, it was not American night. What does it matter! It was just like … Bow tie, hair in the wind, blond beard, ecstatic smile and a tuxedo de rigueur, in the background of the young forty-something, the city lights acted as a big Hollywood screen.

And yet the subject of the film The Father, who has just won the statuette for best actor for Anthony Hopkins and best adaptation, did not have the immediate assets to conquer the Academy of Oscars at the time of the #metoo movement or the #blacklivesmatter wave. The playwright was well aware of this: “Obviously, my film does not respond to this more politicized reading grid, had he replied to Figaro when his film was nominated for an Oscar. The Father is a film centered on human emotions. He doesn’t pretend to be some standard

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