Francis Veber: “My agent told me: ‘You will have a very nice obituary” “

INTERVIEW – Based in Los Angeles, the director of some of the best French comedies is planning to return to Paris for a film. While the subject of a documentary on OCS, he confides in Figaro.

What would French cinema be without him? We owe 83-year-old Francis Veber some of the best laughs in theaters. The Big Blond, it’s him. He is behind The goat and The dinner of idiots. The comedy has no secrets for this author who lives in Los Angeles and plans to shoot his new film in Paris from April 15. It is the subject of a documentary to be seen on OCS from February 6 to 27.

LE FIGARO. – How are the French filmmakers living in Hollywood?

Francis VEBER. – They’re bad. When I’m in my house, I feel like I’m in prison, and when I go out for a walk around town, it’s like going to the prison yard. Everything is closed. It’s only Vegas, but I can’t see myself driving four-five hours to a restaurant.

You almost started out as a doctor. You might be getting vaccines today …

I hope so. My father and my mother were writers. It didn’t work at all. They said to me: “Take

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