Louis Malle was a film director, screenwriter, and producer who worked both in French cinema and Hollywood. His most famous films include the crime film Elevator to the Gallows (1958), the World War II drama Lacombe Lucien (1974), the romantic crime film Atlantic City (1980), the comedy-drama My Dinner with Andre (1981), and the autobiographical film Au revoir, les enfants (1987). The Silent World won the Palme d’Or and Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1956. He died in 1995.
Patrick Modiano is a French novelist and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He previously won the 2012 Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the 2010 Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for lifetime achievement, the 1978 Prix Goncourt for Rue des boutiques obscures, and the 1972 Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française for Les Boulevards de ceinture. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.