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A film by Philippe Appietto, Nathalie Sauvegrain

French release: September 11th, 2013 Russian release: May 31st, 2014

Genre(s): Comedy

• Theme(s): Beach / Holiday / Music / Offbeat / Rock’n Roll / Surf

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  • Philippe Appietto


    Philippe Appietto is a French TV director (Canal +, Arte, France 2, France 3, Disney Channel, Canal Jimmy, Cine +, TPS Star...). For the past 22 years, he has directed hundreds of cinema and live indie rock music TV shows. He also made several documentaries, among them "Family Business" about The Sopranos in New York City. David Chase himself selected Philippe's work for his masterclass during the 36th American Movie Festival of Deauville in 2010. Philippe also works for Warner, writing and directing many short fictions (mixing actors and 3D cartoons). Oceane is his first long feature film.

    2013: Oceane
  • Nathalie Sauvegrain


    Nathalie Sauvegrain is a French director and photographer living in Paris. She first specialized in shooting portraits of musicians for magazines and quickly stepped into some commercials and fashion stories. She is directing video clips as well as corporate films for Louis Vuitton. Her universe, fueled with rock culture and independent movies reveals a vreative eye in which energy and sensuality combine with elegance.In 2010 she wrote a script with her companion Philippe Appietto and their dream became true as the co-directed their first long feature film "Oceane", released in September 2013 in French cinemas.

    2013: Oceane

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2013: Internationale Hofer Filmtage (Germany)
  • Philippe Appietto and Nathalie Sauvegrain, a creative parisian couple in the active world of independent cinema, collaborate to bring to the screen an art house comedy, their first feature film, starring Lou Lesage playing the part of a young runaway. Ms Lesage is an actress of incredible physical beauty and seems a mix of Jane Birkin and supermodel Carol Alt. Oceane's urge to find her own way lands her in the company of an Alice Cooperesque musician and a band of free styling sun-drenched beach bohemians and a surf camp in Southwest France whose communal tramp stamped and tented inhabitants wholeheartedly share and share alike. The soundtrack rocks electric with music by Oliboy, Sparky & the Clouds, Wunderbach, The Dukes and Derajah against a visual abundance of available light and hand held camera moves that parallel the rollicking motion of the ocean in what is described by the filmmakers as "a film about freedom".
    The Business Of Film (TBOF Reviews), Cannes film festival, May 2013


Oceane, a young girl from the Parisian suburbs, gets dumped on a highway station. She then follows a stranger, Oliboy, an odd fortysomething musician who is about to do a summer tour in the southwest of France. She will discover his life philosophy in an authentic isolated surf camp ; a timeless summer paradise. This story of emancipation on the background of surf and rock music uncovers the tracks of Oceane's chaotic family past.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 105'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 2,35:1 (Cinemascope)
  • Sound: 5.1
  • Country(ies) of production: France
  • Original Language(s): French
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Format(s) available: Bluray / DCP / DVD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Lou Lesage, Olivier Clastre, Diana Laszlo, Philipp Schurer, Theo Costa-Marini
  • Screenplay: Philippe Appietto, Nathalie Sauvegrain
  • Cinematographer: Antoine Sanier
  • Sound: Olivier Bordes, Vianney Aubé
  • Editor: Francis Vesin

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Rezina Productions, Maje Productions, LaClairière Production