Julien Boivent has been building a solid reputation as a collaborator and adaptive screenwriter in French cinema. But the César-nominated writer first broke into show business as an actor in 2000, with a supporting role in the French dramedy "La chamber des magiciennes," which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the esteemed Berlin International Film Festival. Three years later, Boivent, a proud graduate of France's most renowned film school, École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son, reinvented himself as a screenwriter by collaborating with director Claude Miller on the script for his modern re-imagination of legendary playwright Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." The result was the romantic drama "Little Lili," which drew wild praise in France and won two César awards. Boivent would earn his own César nomination for his next work, the 2005 drama "Entre ses mains," which he adapted with BAFTA-nominated director Anne Fontaine from Dominique Barbéris' novel "Les kangourous." He and Fontaine re-teamed the following year to craft the original comedy "Nouvelle Chance." Subsequently, Boivent returned to form, collaborating with heralded Parisian director Benoît Jacquot on the script for his 2009 adaptation of Pascal Quignard's novel "Villa Amalia." Pleased with the results, the pair reunited the following year to co-scribe the stirring drama "Au fond des bois," which was based on a real abduction case that shook 19th century France.