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Sébastien Lifshitz (born 21 January 1968) is a French screenwriter and director. He teaches at La Fémis, a school that focuses on the subject of image and sound. He studied at the École du Louvre, and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Paris in history of art. He is Jewish,[1] and gay.[2]

Sébastien Lifshitz
Born (1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 51)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter


Lifshitz's work involves gay themes. His 2004 film, Wild Side, involves several narratives, some told forward and some backward, about a transsexual prostitute.

He is a two-time winner of the Teddy Award, presented by an independent committee at the Berlin International Film Festival to the year's best films with LGBT themes, winning Best Feature Film in 2004 for Wild Side and Best Documentary Film in 2013 for Bambi, a documentary profile of transgender French entertainer Marie-Pierre Pruvot.[3]

On 20 May 2014, Rizzoli International published Lifshitz's The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride, a collection of gay-themed photos from the early 20th century.[4]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
1996 Il faut que je l'aime Yes Yes Short film
1996 Claire Denis, la vagabonde Yes Documentary film
1998 Open Bodies Yes Yes Also as actor
1998 Cannes Film Festival - Kodak Short Film Award
Prix Jean Vigo for Short Film
1999 Cold Lands Yes Yes Telefilm (as part of the Gauche-Droite series for Arte)
Also as actor (as Garçon Patinoire)
2000 Presque rien Yes Yes
2001 The Crossing Yes Yes Documentary film
2004 Wild Side Yes Yes Berlinale 2004 - Teddy Award for Best Feature Film
2009 Going South Yes Yes
2012 Les Invisibles Yes Documentary film
César Award for Best Documentary Film
2013 Bambi Yes Yes Documentary film
Berlinale 2013 -Teddy Award for Best Documentary
Nominated—César Award for Best Short Film
2016 The Lives of Thérèse Yes Yes Documentary film
Cannes Film Festival - Queer Palm
TBA Adolescentes[5] Yes Documentary film


  • Rees-Robertsn, N. French Queer Cinema (2008).
  • Reeser, T. "Representing gay male domesticity in French film of the late 1990s," In Queer Cinema in Europe (2008).
  • Reeser, T. "Transsexuality and the Disruption of Time in Sebastien Lifshitz's Wild Side," in Studies in French Cinema (2007).


  1. ^ "French films with Jewish flavour". The Australian Jewish News.
  2. ^ "In conversation: Wild Side". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Berlin's Teddy Family". Interview, March 2013.
  4. ^ James Nichols, Huffington Post (May 5, 2015)
  5. ^ "ARTE coproduit le prochain documentaire de Sébastien Lifshitz". Arte. 30 June 2015.

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