The filmmaker Thomas Arslan is one of the main exponents of the so-called Berlin School. He was born in Braunschweig in 1963,y and after studying German and History in Munich for two semesters, he attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB) between 1986 and 1992. He made his debut in 1993 with Turn Down the Music, and since then has built up a filmography with such notable titles as Dealer (1998), Im Schatten (2010) and Gold (2013), among others. Bright Nights, his last film, premiered at the Official Section of the Berlinale. He also been teaching narrative cinema at the University of the Arts in Berlin since 2007.
The actress Agathe Bonitzer was born into a family dedicated to cinema: she is the daughter of the filmmakers Pascal Bonitzer and Sophie Fillières. She made her debut in cinema in 1996, in Trois vie et une seule mort by Raoul Ruiz, and after playing various children’s roles, she decided to devote her life to acting. Her first important role came in 2008, with her father (with whom she would work again on various occasions), in Le Grand Alibi and Christophe Honoré brought her to the general public in La Belle Personne, in which she acted with Louis Garrel. Over this time she has become a highly rated actress in auteurist cinema: she has worked with Jacques Doillon, Guillaume Nicloux, Agnès Jaoui, Jean Breschand and Ado Arrietta.
2017 has been a year of achievements for Valérie Delpierre in an already long and fruitful career as producer, at the head of her company Inicia Films: Summer 1993, by Carla Simón, won the Best First Film Award at the Berlinale, has been selected to represent Spain for the Oscars and was recently nominated for the Discovery Award from the European Film Academy. Los desheredados, by Laura Ferrés won the Canal+ award at Cannes and is nominated for the EFA awards. She has participated in feature films such as Pau y su hermano by Marc Recha, Aro Tolbukin by Agustí Villalonga, and Las manos vacías by Mar Recha. In 2006 she founded Inicia Films, from where she dev eloped projects such as the short film Odysseus’s Gambit by Alex Lora, the first works by Carla Aimon, and the documentaries B by David Ilundain and La intérprete, by Antonio Pérez Molero, She has written and directed two short films: Ópera prima and Cuatro estaciones (co-directed with Antonio Pérez Molero).
With a long career as an editor (Blancanieves, No tengas miedo, Que dios nos perdone), in 2013 he directed his first feature film: La herida. The film became the revelation of the 61st San Sebastian Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award and the Silver Shell for Best Actress for Marian Álvarez. It also won two Goyas: Best New Director and Best Leading Actress, and had two nominations for the European Film Academy awards. He recently released his second feature film, Morir, which had its premiere at the last San Sebastian Film Festival..
He has worked as programmer for the Venice International Film Festival and the Rome International Film Festival, the Pompidou Centre, Cinéma du Réel, the Spanish Film Archive and the Portuguese Film Archive. He is a member of the selection committee of the FID Marseille, advisor for the Visions du Réel Festival at Nyon and director of the Festival International du Réel de la Roche-sur-Yon. His way of programming seeks to combine strategically the popular dimension with formal investigation.
Juliette Duret is in charge of the Bozar Cinema, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and is a member of the European Film Academy since 2006. Before that, she graduated in Economics and began her audiovisual career as production assistant on commercials on LBO. In 1992, she joined the team of Wallonie Image Production, organizing the international promotion of Belgian cinema. In 2006 she started work as coordinator and programmer in Bozar, moving to her current position in 2014. In addition, she has been on various commissions for project evaluation, academies and juries. She has been member and president of the jury to choose the Belgian films nominated for the Oscar in 1995, 2015 and 2016.
He has managed Zeitun Films since 2009, participating in the production of seven films to date: Todos vós sodes capitáns (Oliver Laxe, 2010), Arraianos (Eloy Enciso, 2012), O Quinto Evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser (Alberto Gracia, 2013), Costa da Morte (Lois Patiño, 2013), Pozoamargo (Enrique Rivero, 2015), Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, 2016) and the short film Tshweesh (Feyrouz Serhal, 2017), all of them award winners at some of the most important festivals in the world (Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Seville, FICUNAM and Jeonju among others). At present he is producing Lois Patiño’s new project, Tempo Vertical.
Born in 1974 in the city of Subotica, Northern Serbia. After studying literature he started working in independent cinema, promoting, producing, editing and acting in numerous low budget short films and documentaries. Since 2005 he has worked as programmer at the Palic European Film Festival, where he founded the Young Spirit of Europe section, dedicated to daring authors with a unique poetic style. Founder of the Underground Spirit Award in 2007 at Palic European Film Festival. He has been a jury member at numerous film festivals including the EC Jury at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and Crossing Europe in Linz.
György Báron is a professor at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest and is president of the Hungarian Society of Film Critics within FIPRESCI. He is a critic on the weekly magazine Élet és Irodalom and on the monthly film periodical Filmvilág. He is the author of the books Hollywood and Marienbad and Descent to the Underworld.
Talip Erturk, a member of FIPRESCI, from Istanbul, Turkey, has been a critic for fifteen years. His reviews and interviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. In 2010 his first film, Wedding of the Zombies, in which he is credited as writer and director, was shown in cinemas throughout Turkey. Today his efforts are focused on his work as critic and screenwriter.
Toni Junyent (Igualada, Barcelona, 1983) writes about cinema, and at times about other things, in media such as Transit, Miradas de Cine, SO Film, Canino or in the newspaper for the Sitges International Film Festival. He has published fanzines (Aventurarse, Carta a Dorothy Parker) and 2016 saw the release of Amor tóxico, his first feature film as co-scriptwriter.