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René Féret
Born (1945-05-26)26 May 1945
La Bassée, France
Died 28 April 2015(2015-04-28) (aged 69)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Years active 1973–2015

René Féret (26 May 1945 – 28 April 2015) was a French actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.

His film Solemn Communion, was entered into the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. In The Man Who Wasn't There (L'Homme qui n'était pas là), his 1987 film adaption of Roderick MacLeish's novel, he played alongside Claude Jade in the leading role of Charles Elaine.

Very much an independent creator, Féret made several films around an invented family living in northern France, the Gravets, but based on his own life experience. He often used members of his own family in his films.

Féret also turned to marginal individuals, in trouble: a man sent to a psychiatric hospital in Histoire de Paul (1975), a hermaphrodite in Mystère Alexina, old age in Rue du Retrait (2000) and cancer sufferers in Comme une étoile dans la nuit (2009).

Later in his career he turned his attention to historical artistic figures (Nannerl, la sœur de Mozart, 2010), Anton Tchékhov 1890 (2015). He work was described as “subtil and possessing great sensibility”.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Producer Actor Role
1971 La Fuite Yes Krapiline (credited as René-Marie Féret) Telefilm
1973 George Who? Yes Manceau (credited as René-Marie Féret) directed by Michèle Rosier
1973 Jeanne d'Arc Yes Le duc d'Alençon Telefilm
1975 Cinéma 16 Yes Marc TV series
1975 The Story of Paul Yes Yes Prix Jean Vigo
1976 Lumière Yes Julien directed by Jeanne Moreau
1976 Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma sœur et mon frère... Yes Yes Docteur Morin As delegate producer
1977 Solemn Communion Yes Yes Yes Yes Julien I Gravet at 30 Nominated—Palme d'Or (1977 Cannes Film Festival)
1979 Plurielles Yes
1980 Fernand Yes Yes Yes
1980 L'Enfant roi Yes Yes Yes François / Ravi
1981 The Prodigal Daughter Yes Le mari
1981 Last Summer Yes
1983 Side Roads Yes
1983 Orage Yes Short film
1983 Idylle Yes Short film
1983 Sarah Yes Duparc
1985 The Mystery of Alexina Yes Yes Yes As executive producer
Nominated—Prix Un Certain Regard (1985 Cannes Film Festival)
1986 Tous en boîte Yes TV mini-series
1987 The Man Who Wasn't There Yes Yes Yes Charles
1987 La Tricheuse Yes Benini Telefilm
1988 Savannah Yes Fabien
1989 Baptême Yes Yes Bayard d'Or for Best Film
1991 Un homme et deux femmes Yes Yes
1992 Promenades d'été Yes Yes Yes
1993 The Place of Another Yes Yes Shown as part of Cinéma en France, Cannes 1993
1994 3000 scénarios contre un virus Yes TV series
1994 Couchettes express Yes Le médecin Telefilm directed by Luc Béraud
1996 Les Frères Gravet Yes Yes
1996 Un siècle d'écrivains Yes TV series documentary (episode: John Fante)
1997 Dakan Yes directed by Mohamed Camara
1999 East/West Yes Ambassadeur de France directed by Régis Wargnier
1999 Mélissol Yes Prof. Davézieux TV series
2000 Les Enfants du Printemps Yes Xavier de Montherlant TV mini-series
2001 Rue du retrait Yes Yes Yes Paul
2003 Local Kid Yes Yes Yes Yes Pierre Merveille
2004 Toute une vie Yes Short film
2006 Il a suffi que maman s'en aille… Yes Yes Yes
2008 Like a Star Shining in the Night Yes Yes Yes Yes Le chef de Marc et Eric (uncredited)
2010 Mozart's Sister Yes Yes Yes Yes Le professeur de musique Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
2012 Madame Solario Yes Yes Yes
2013 The Film to Come Yes Yes Yes Yes Le directeur du cinéma
2015 Anton Tchékhov 1890 Yes Yes Yes
2015 Le Chant du merle Yes
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