Florian Zeller: “My meeting with Anthony Hopkins seemed the most important of my life!”

INTERVIEW – In contention for the Golden Globes, the first film by the French playwright offers a great role to the actor in “Vestiges du jour”. Meeting with a happy but frustrated director.

Awarded four Golden Globe nominations (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Male Actor, Best Supporting Female Actress), and possibly Oscar winner, Florian Zeller’s first film, The Father, with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, knows an extraordinary destiny. Adapted from own play The father, he received a standing ovation at Sundance and San Sebastian festivals. This heartbreaking feature film is preceded by a flattering reputation. While awaiting its theatrical release, scheduled for April, the playwright recounts his passage from theater to cinema.

LE FIGARO. – Four Golden Globe nominations, is that already a reward?

Florian ZELLER. – I received these nominations with great joy. A joy that I share with my employees. Especially Anthony Hopkins, so associated with this story. When I imagined this film, as soon as I closed my eyes, I thought of him. I was convinced that he would be extraordinary in this role, that’s why the character

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