James Franco

Director, actor and producer


For James Franco, filming History means updating it, reading it anew. Guided by authors who have managed to weave reality out of fictional lifelines, he revisits his country's past to account for the doubts of its present: he draws on Faulkner's « Stream of Consciousness » to examine our attitude towards mourning in As I Lay Dying, or social decline in The Sound and the Fury. He also adapted John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle, about the uprising of fruit-pickers in California in the 1930s, or Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, about a sick mind's descent into hell in Tennessee in the 1950s.

Yet James Franco has no trouble freeing himself from his literary mentors: in Sal, he rewrote and recounted the last days of late-lamented Sal Mineo, an openly gay American actor who was murdered in 1976; in Zeroville, he widened the angle to depict the decadent world of Hollywood at the same period.

Although James Franco achieved world fame as an actor by playing Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, he has never stopped exploring new horizons. More than an actor or a director, James Franco is now an accomplished and a complete artist.

The Deauville American Film Festival pays tribute to him, in his presence. To mark the occasion, the Festival will screen the premiere of his new film as a director, In Dubious Battle.

James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author. He began his career on Freaks and Geeks and received a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the biographical film James Dean. Notable film credits include Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Harry Osborn in the Spider Man trilogy, Milk, This is the End, Pineapple Express for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and 127 Hours for which he received Academy Award, SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.

He has directed and produced several features including Child of God, As I Lay Dying, Zeroville, Saturday Night and In Dubious Battle. His small screen credits include 11.22.63 and the highly anticipated upcoming show The Deuce. He made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men to rave reviews and directed the off-Broadway play The Long Shrift. He has been published several times in magazines and through his own books and teaches college courses at UCLA, USC and CAL Arts, and acting classes at Studio 4.