A boy of 16 wants to get into the house of one of his classmates to glean inspiration for his writing assignments. Impressed with this unusual and gifted student, his teacher rediscovers a taste for teaching, but the intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events. www.danslamaison-lefilm.com

Director's Statement

I was particularly struck by the teacher-student relationship when I read the play. We root for both the teacher and the student. Both points of view are presented, by turns. Usually students learn from their teachers, but here, the learning goes both ways. And the back-and-forth between reality and writing lends itself to a playful reflection on storytelling and the imagination. These somewhat theoretical questions are really brought to life in the play. The Germain-Claude relationship represents the essential partnership in any creative endeavour: the editor and the writer, the producer and the director, even the reader and the writer or the audience and the director. When I read the play, I saw a chance to speak indirectly about my work, the cinema, inspiration and its sources, what it is to create, what it is to be an audience.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: François Ozon

Written by: Juan Mayorga, François Ozon

Produced by: Eric and Nicolas Altmayer

Cinematography: Jérôme Almeras A.F.C.

Editing: Laure Gardette

Production Design: Arnaud de Moleron

Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne

Original Score: Philippe Rombi

Sound: Benoît Gargonne

Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet, Bastien Ughetto, Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas

Nominations and Awards

  • European Screenwriter 2013
  • European Director 2013
  • European Actor 2013
  • Feature Film Selection 2013