Julia Ducournau is a French director and screenwriter born on 18 November 1983 in Paris. She is a graduate of the 2008 on the script department of La Fémis et de l’université de Columbia. On January 29, 2017, she received the grand prize for the 24th edition of the Gérardmer Fantasy Film Festival for her film Raw (original title: Grave).
In 2003, Julia Ducournau entered the 3rd year of a double bachelor’s degree in modern English at the Sorbonne-Paris IV, after having performed a hypokhâgne-khâgne (specialty in modern letters) at Lycée Henri IV in Paris. In 2004, she obtained her double license with honors. In the same year, she joined the script department of La Fémis. As part of her studies at La Fémis, she has the opportunity to participate in a scriptwriting workshop at Columbia University supervised by Israel Horowitz. She graduated from La Fémis in 2008.
About the plot of Raw: Justine is a shy sixteen year old who has just enrolled in college to become a veterinarian. Always vegetarian, for her is hard to gain acceptance and is often the victim of bullying, in which she is forced to eat for the first time in the flesh, as a rite of initiation. After tasting the meat changes her life relentlessly, she is plagued with cravings and uncontrollable fits of rage, that will lead to cannibalism.
After the presentation at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. During the screening of the movie at the Canadian festival some viewers have had fainting, for so many bloody scenes, having to resort to the intervention of paramedics and an ambulance.
The film was presented in the International Critics Week section at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, where it won the FIPRESCI prize.