Olivier Ducastel

Olivier Ducastel

Olivier Ducastel in 2016
Born (1962-02-23) 23 February 1962
Lyon, France
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1988 present

Olivier Ducastel (born 23 February 1962) is a French film director, screenwriter and sound editor who currently works in collaboration with partner Jacques Martineau.

Life and career

After spending his adolescence in Rouen, Martineau moved to Paris to study film and theatre at the University of the New Sorbonne. In 1988 he directed a short musical comedy, Le Goût de plaire. In the same year, he acted as assistant to his mentor, Jacques Demy, on the film Trois places pour le 26, the last film Demy completed before his death in 1990. Ducastel spent the early 1990s working as a sound editor on various films.[1]

In 1995 Ducastel met Jacques Martineau, and the two began a professional and personal relationship. Their first collaborative venture, Jeanne et le Garçon formidable, (an HIV/AIDS-themed musical comedy inspired by the films of Demy, and featuring Virginie Ledoyen and Demy's son Mathieu) was released in 1998. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

Ducastel and Martineau have since directed further films with gay-related storylines, including the ambitious, almost three-hour-long Nés en 68 starring Laetitia Casta and Yannick Renier.[3]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Other
1988 Trois places pour le 26 Yes Assistant sound editor and assistant director
1989 Alexandria Again and Forever Yes Sound editor
1989 Le Goût de plaire Yes Yes Short
1990 Outremer Yes Sound editor
1991 Transit Yes Sound mixer
1991 Comédie d'un soir Yes Editor; short
1992 La Fille de l'air Yes Assistant director
1992 Sam suffit Yes Assistant sound editor and assistant director
1992 Voleur d'images Yes Editor; short
1993 Lettre pour L... Yes Sound mixer
1993 Faut-il aimer Mathilde ? Yes Sound editor
1994 Al-Mohager Yes Sound editor
1994 Nous, les enfants du XXe siècle Yes Editor; documentary
1995 Adultery: A User's Guide Yes Sound editor
1995 Le Maître des éléphants Yes Sound editor
1998 The Perfect Guy Yes Yes Nominated—Berlin Film Festival - Golden Bear
Nominated—César Award for Best First Feature Film
2000 Drôle de Félix Yes Yes Berlin Film Festival - Teddy Jury Award
Berlin Film Festival - Siegessäule Readers Award
2002 My Life on Ice Yes Yes Nominated—Locarno International Film Festival - Golden Leopard
2005 Crustacés et Coquillages Yes Yes Berlin Film Festival - Europa Cinemas Label
2008 Born in 68 Yes Yes
2010 Family Tree Yes Yes
2011 Juste la fin du monde Yes Telefilm
2016 Theo and Hugo Yes Yes Berlin Film Festival - Teddy Audience Award
Guadalajara Film Festival - Premio Maguey Best Feature Film


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