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French Sensation Matthieu Mantovani Joins Photoplay Films

Photoplay Films has announced director Matthieu Mantovani has joined for exclusive representation in Australia and New Zealand

French Sensation Matthieu Mantovani Joins Photoplay Films

Matthieu Mantovani, an accomplished comedy and visual narrative director based in Paris, recently worked with Photoplay on a local campaign for NAB ‘This Is The Story Of Progress’ with agency Clemenger BBDO.

He is behind campaigns for Volkswagen, Peugeot, Audi and Mercedes-Benz – including ‘The Encounter’ for BBDO Paris, and has also directed recent campaigns for insurance giant Allianz and Italian online fashion retailer YOOX. Mantovani has also collaborated with award-winning global creative agencies including BETC, Jung Von Matt, Euro RSCG, Palm Havas and Ogilvy.

Among some of his best-known work is ‘Hippies’ for Volkswagen in which ageing children of the Flower Power era reminisce over old photographs of a much loved VW van and are then spellbound by the arrival of the new version of the classic.

Mantovani also directed the acclaimed campaign for Longines’ watches featuring Kate Winslet, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Asian film star Chi Ling Lin along with short film Broadway, which screened at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

To view Matthieu Mantovani’s reel click here.

Crafting both convincing narratives and on-point visual comedies, Matthieu begun behind the lens as an assistant to renowned fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. He then launched his directing career as part of award winning French collective, The Zoo.

His work has been applauded at international festivals such as the New York MoMA Short Film International Festival and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, as well as receiving multiple nominations at Cannes Lions.

Says Matthieu: “After meeting the Photoplay family in Cannes several years ago, and then working with them more recently on a campaign spot for NAB, I could see we really matched up well. They are focused on the craft of storytelling and there is a magic complicity to how we connect and work together.”

Says Oliver Lawrance, executive producer, Photoplay Films: “Matthieu’s thoughtful casting, ability to capture relatable humour and build interest via compelling narratives and intriguing characters makes him one to watch. We can’t wait to offer his considered eye to our local clients here in Australia and New Zealand.”

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