Ounie Lecomte




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 with Olivier Assayas (‘Paris s’éveille’) or as a costume designer, notably for Sophie Fillières. She made one short film, ‘Quand le Nord est d’Accord’ (‘When North Comes Along’), 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 to write her debut feature, ‘A Brand New Life’ (‘Yeohaengja’), 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 – Official Selection – Out of Competition in 2009 and won numerous awards, including Best Asian Film at the Tokyo Int’l Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards-Best Children’s Feature Film, the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival-New Voices/New Visions Award and Berlin Int'l Film Festival-Generation-Kplus, Special Mention. ‘Looking for Her’ (‘Je vous souhaite d’être follement aimée’) is her second feature and she’s now developing a new script that will be the last part of a trilogy begun with ‘A Brand New Life’.