Pascale Ferran

Pascale Ferran (French: [fɛʁɑ̃]; born 17 April 1960) is a French film director and screenwriter. In 2007, her film Lady Chatterley won five César Awards including Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Adaptation.[1] Her 2014 film Bird People was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Ferran also wrote the screenplay for The Red Turtle, an animated film by Michael Dudok de Wit, that competed in the Hawaii International Film Festival on 12 November 2016.[3]

Pascale Ferran
Born (1960-04-17) 17 April 1960 (age 61)
Paris, France
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1983–present

Early lifeEdit

Pascale Ferran was born on April 17, 1960 in Paris, France.[4] From a young age she was involved in cinema, operating the film club at her high school.[5] From 1980 to 1983 she attended IDHEC, which is now known as prestigious La Fémis.


Directing and ScreenwritingEdit

Ferran helped to write the documentary Mange ta soupe by Mathieu Amalric, which was released in 1997. Shortly after, in 1998, Ferran wrote, filmed, and directed Quatre jours à Ocoee', a documentary about a jazz music record.[4] Released in 2000, this documentary was filmed in Florida. Around this time Ferran also wrote Paratonerre which, due to funding, has never been released.[6] In 1999 Ferran directed a film dubbing of Stanley Kubrick's 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut. [7]

Film FestivalsEdit

As a director and screenwriter, Ferran has also participated in a number of film festivals. She showed a new film at the 4th annual French Film Festival UK in 1996 and, in 1997 at the 5th annual festival, presented Coming to Terms with the Dead with Pierre Trividic.[8] In June 2014 Ferran also participated in the 12th Brussels Film Festival.[9]

Cannes Film FestivalEdit

From 1990 to the present, Ferran has had a steady presence at the Cannes Film Festival. Her involvement in works that were screened at Cannes include:

  • 1990 directed The Kiss[10]
  • 1992 credited as co-screenwriter for Arnaud Desplechin's The Sentinel[10]
  • 1994 directed Coming to Terms with the Dead in the Cinémas en France category of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Caméra d'Or Award.[10]
  • 2007 selected as the president and chair of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival.[10]
  • 2014 directed and wrote the screenplay for Bird People, which was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.[10]


Ferran's critically acclaimed adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover won the Prix Louis-Delluc award and five César awards for Best Film, Adaptation, Photography, Actress, and Costumes.[11]


Ferran is a sought after lecturer. As early as 2007, as part of the Angers Workshops, she has taught master classes on directing, screenwriting, and filmmaking in general.[12] On September 7, 2014 she taught a master class at Alliance Française in Toronto, Ontario titled "Gravity and Grace".[5][13] A segment of this film festival was actually dedicated as a "Tribute to Pascale Ferran".[14] Also in 2014, as part of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival and under the category "French Fest", Ferran taught a master class titled "Literary Adaptation and Visual Effects".[15] This collaborative effort by the French Embassy in Dublin and the Irish Film Institute also featured notable guests such as Mathieu Amalric, Assa Sylla, and Antoine de Baecque.[16]

On March 19, 2016, at the 38th International Festival of Women's Films Films, Ferran and composer Béatrice Thiriet presented a master class together. The two women have collaborated previously on multiple projects, most recently Bird People in 2014 and Lady Chatterley in 2006.[17]

Ferran is also, as of 2016, on the board of directors of SRF, or La Société des Réalisateurs de Films.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2002 Ferran appeared, as herself, in Romain Goupil's documentary Une Pure Coïncidence.

To date, Ferran is politically conscious and frequently defending and advocating for worker's rights in the film industry, as well as the rights of illegal immigrants.[18] She was in Calais, France in August 2016 when a group of migrants attacked vehicles and wrote to testify on behalf of the migrants.[19]

Ferran helped to found and launch LaCinetek in 2015.[20]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
1980 Anvers Yes Yes Short film; co-screenwriter[4]
1983 Souvenir de Juan-Les-Pins Yes Yes Short film; co-screenwriter[4]
1983 Il ne faut jurer de rien Yes Short film
1986 Guardian of the Night Yes
1989 Blancs cassés Yes
1989 Les Cinéphiles 2 - Eric a disparu Yes
1989 Un dîner avec M. Boy et la femme qui aime Jésus Yes Yes Short film; co-screenwriter/dialogist[4]
1990 The Kiss (Le Baiser) Yes Yes Short film; co-screenwriter[4]
Nominated—Short Film Palme d'Or
1992 The Sentinel Yes
1994 Coming to Terms with the Dead

(Petits Arrangements avec les Morts)

Yes Yes Co-screenwriter/dialogist[4]

Bayard d'Or for Best Film

Winner–Caméra d'or Award, Cannes Film Festival, 1994[21]
Nominated—César Award for Best First Feature Film

1995 The Age of Possibilities (L'Âge des Possibles) Yes Yes Co-screenwriter/dialogist[4]

7 d'Or for Best Director - Fiction
7 d'Or for Best Telefilm

Winner–Fipresci Award, Venice Film Festival[20]

1997 Mange ta soupe Yes
2000 Quatre jours à Ocoee Yes Yes Documentary filmed in 1998[4]
2006 Lady Chatterley Yes Yes Co-screenwriter/ adaptor/dialogist[4]

Winner–César Award for Best Film
Winner–César Award for Best Adaptation (shared with Roger Bohbot and Pierre Trividic)
Winner–Louis Delluc Prize
Winner–Lumières Award for Best Director
Nominated—César Award for Best Director
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Film

2014 Bird People Yes Yes Nominated—Louis Delluc Prize

Nominated–César Award for Best Music, 2015[22]

Nominated–César Award for Best Sound, 2015[23]


2016 The Red Turtle Yes Co-screenwriter[20]


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  2. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Schedule - 2016 HIFF Fall Festival". Archived from the original on 2018-08-19. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rège, Philippe (2009-12-11). Encyclopedia of French Film Directors (in French). Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810869394.
  5. ^ a b "Masterclass with French director and screenwriter Pascale Ferran". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  6. ^ "Tribute to Pascale Ferran at the Alliance Française Toronto" (PDF) – via uniFranceFilms at the Institut Française.
  7. ^ a b "BIRD PEOPLE". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  8. ^ "French Film Festival UK 2014 – 5 November – 4 December 2014 » About". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  9. ^ Dupagne, Marie France. "The Award Winners of the 12th Brussels Film Festival, June, 2014, Sunshine, crowds and good vibes!" (PDF).
  10. ^ a b c d e "Festival de Cannes 2016". Festival de Cannes 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  11. ^ "Tribute to Pascale Ferran at the Alliance Française Toronto" (PDF) – via uniFranceFilms at the Institut Française.
  12. ^ "Seven young talents at Angers Workshops". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  13. ^ "Tribute to Pascale Ferran at the Alliance Française Toronto" (PDF) – via uniFranceFilms at the Institut Française.
  14. ^ "TIFF 2014: Tribute to Pascale Ferran | France Canada Culture". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  16. ^ "French Film Festival: yes we Cannes!". Ambassade de France en Irlande - French Embassy in Ireland. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  17. ^ "MASTER CLASS : BEATRICE THIRIET, compositrice | Films de Femmes". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  18. ^ "Tribute to Pascale Ferran at the Alliance Française Toronto" (PDF) – via uniFranceFilms at the Institut Française.
  19. ^ "" J'étais à Calais quand mon téléphone a sonné " par Pascale Ferran | la SRF | Société des Réalisateurs de Films". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  20. ^ a b c "Pascale Ferran". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  21. ^ "PETITS ARRANGEMENTS AVEC LES MORTS". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  22. ^ "Awards - Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma". Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  23. ^ "Awards - Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma". Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2016-10-29.

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