Sundance Selects is proud to announce the release of  YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL, the latest drama from Francois Ozon, one of the most provocative French writer-directors, featuring a star-making performance by stunning newcomer Marine Vacth.  YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL is scheduled to open in New York (IFC Center) on Friday, April 25 followed by a national roll out.

“No one’s serious at 17,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud,  a sentiment  that may justify the choices made by 17-year-old Isabelle (Ms. Vacth), over the course of a pivotal year. Her transgressive and intimately observed coming-of-age journey is divided in four seasonal chapters and four pop songs, from her sexual awakening to her first time, to her foray into prostitution and her search for identity. Francois Ozon observes her journey without judgment, reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that saturate a young person’s entrance into adulthood, and again proves a master at coaxing strong performances from young actors. YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL was nominated for two 2014 César Awards for Marine Vacth (Most Promising Actress) and Géraldine Pailhas (Best Supporting Actress) as Isabelle's mother.

One of the most prolific directors working in French cinema, Francois Ozon has explored and subverted many genres in films including Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Criminal Lovers, Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool, Hideway, Potiche and In The House.  He recently completed his latest film The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) starring Romain Duris.

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