PUBLISHED: 17:31 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 11 July 2017
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Our culture correspondent on the filmmaker Francois Ozon, whose latest works veer from comparatively chaste to France’s answer to Fifty Shades of Grey.
The French film-maker Francois Ozon was already having a stellar year. Frantz, his film about Franco-German relations in the aftermath of the First World War, has had rave reviews around the world. The film received eleven Cesar nominations and won for Best Cinematography. It has been hailed as a new direction for contemporary cinema, seamlessly mixing nostalgia with political commentary as easily as it switches between black and white and colour.
Now Ozon’s new erotic thriller L’Amant Double has been dubbed France’s answer to Cinquante Nuances de Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey) and was recently widely tipped to win the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, largely because everyone thought that Pedro Almodovar, the president of this year’s Cannes jury, would fall in love with it. (In the end it lost to Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s The Square.)
At the age of 49, Ozon looks like one of his own leading men and has been…