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Florian Zeller


Florian Zeller (French: [zɛlɛʁ]; 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.


 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.


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


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 “the best play of 2018” and "one of the best plays of the 21st century" by The Guardian.


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

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

His plays have been staged in more than 45 countries.


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


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