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After marrying a successful Parisian man of letters known as “Willy”, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris in the beginning of 20th century. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel, about a brazen country girl named Claudine, that becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris. Her subsequent fight over the creative ownership of the four-book series (1900–04) defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. A woman well ahead of her time, Colette is also well-remembered for her novel Gigi (1944), which was made into a movie that won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture.
He co-wrote and co-directed Still Alice (2014) with his late husband Richard Glatzer, which earned Julianne Moore numerous prizes, including the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and an Academy Award. They also co-directed Quinceañera, which won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance. Earthquake Bird is his new project as writer/director.