Ounie Lecomte

Ounie Lecomte

France

Biography

Born in Seoul, Ounie Lecomte left Korea for France at the age of 9, when a French family adopted her. After studying fashion design, she worked on a number of films, as an actress for Olivier Assayas in PARIS AWAKES (aka Paris s'éveille, 1991) or as a costume designer, notably for Sophie Fillières. She made one short film, WHEN THE NORTH COMES ALONG (aka Quand le Nord est d’Accord), which was selected for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 2001. Later, while working as a fashion editor, she enrolled in the Fémis Screenwriting Workshop and wrote her debut feature, A BRAND NEW LIFE (aka Yeo-haeng-ja, 2009) loosely based on her own story, about a girl abandoned by her father in a Catholic orphanage. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival - Out of Competition in 2009 and won numerous awards, including Best Asian Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Children’s Feature Film, the Palm Springs International Film Festival New Voices/New Visions Award and a Berlin Film Festival Generation Kplus, Special Mention. She is currently working on her second feature, I WISH YOU LOVE (aka Je Vous Souhaite d’Etre Follement Aimée), which will be in production during the first half of 2014, shooting in France.

Films Selection

  • A Brand New Life - 2009
  • When the North Comes Along - 2001