Olivier Ducastel was born in Lyon. After studying film and theatre at university, he went to IDHEC where he made a short film, a musical comedy, Le goût de plaire. When he left, he worked as an editor on Jacques Demy's Trois places pour le 26 , and Vitali.
Jacques Martineau, an Arts graduate, is a lecturer at the Université de Paris X, at Nanterre. Jeanne and the Perfect Guy was his first screenplay, which he went on to codirect with Olivier Ducastel. A musical dealing with the subject of AIDS, this film was one of the major movie events of 1999. Their new film, Funny Felix, featuring Sami Bouajila, was released in France on April 19, 2000.