With the porn star François Sagat and Chiara Mastroianni, Homme au bain, whose title refers to a painting by Caillebotte, is set between Gennevilliers and New York. Emmanuel is a gay hustler living with his lover, the filmmaker Omar outside Paris. After a quarrel between the two, Emmanuel is left brokenhearted to fend for himself as Omar makes his way to Manhattan. The film separately follows the two men, discovering how their heartbreak gives way to fresh outlooks and doleful acceptance.
He arrived in Paris in the 1990s, where he began working in cinema. After debuting with the short film Nous deux (2001), his feature films show him as a very personal creator, with a taste marked by a certain pop romanticism, and with an extraordinary ability to integrate his idols into his particular and very recognizable imaginary. D’A dedicated a retrospective to him in 2019.
Filmography: Guermantes (2021, D'A 2022), Habitación 212 (2019, D'A 2020), Vivir deprisa, amar despacio (2018, D’A 2019), Les malheurs de Sophie (2016), Métamorphoses (2014, D’A 2019), Les bien-aimés (2011, D’A 2012), Homme au bain (2010, D’A 2019), Non ma fille, tu n’iras pas danser (2009, D’A 2019), La belle personne (2008, D’A 2019), Les chansons d’amour (2007, D’A 2019), Dans Paris (2006, D’A 2019), Mi madre (2004, D’A 2019), 17 fois Cécile Cassard (2002, D’A 2019), Nous deux (short, 2001)