Born 1946 in Paris. Beineix studied medicine before entering the film industry. After working as assistant director for 12 years, he made his feature debut with DIVA, which was a worldwide success. Since then, he has directed many internationally successful films, such as Betty Blue (1986), Roselynne and the Lions (1989) and IP5: The Island of Pachyderms (1992, starring Yves Montand). He has directed a number of documentaries dealing with social issues. In 2013, a large exhibition featuring his creative cinema world, Studio Beineix, was held in Boulogne.
Mabel Cheung graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in English Literature and Psychology. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Drama and Visual Arts from the University of Bristol, UK, and an M.F.A. Degree in Film Production from the New York University Graduate Film School. Cheung has been an award-winning director since her debut feature, The Illegal Immigrant (1985), which won her Best Director Prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards and a Special Jury Award at the 30th Asia Pacific Film Festival. An Autumn's Tale (1987) signaled another high point of her career, winning four Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film and the Best Screenplay. The Soong Sisters (1997) won three Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards. Other films she has made – City of Glass (1998), Beijing Rocks (2001), and Traces of a Dragon (2003) – have been selected by film festivals worldwide. Cheung has also produced many popular films, including Painted Faces (1988), Now You See Love, Now You Don't (1992), and The Moon Warriors (1993). In 2005 she directed "Song of Light and Shadows", a stage musical in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema, which was awarded the Gold Prize for Best Performance in China. In 2010 she produced the motion picture Echoes of the Rainbow, winner of the Crystal Bear award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, Generation Section, as well as four Hong Kong film awards. Her latest directorial effort is A Tale of Three Cities, starring Jean Lau and Tang Wei. It was nominated for six Hong Kong Film Awards in 2016.
Born in Rome in 1972, Mastandrea debuted with the 1994 Piero Natoli film The Film Thief and has appeared in films such as We All Fall Down by Davide Ferrario, The Scent of the Night by Claudio Caligari, and Viola Kisses Everybody by Giovanni Veronesi. His performance in the play "Rugantino" was a huge hit, performed 253 times, always sold out. He has acted for the most important auteurs in Italian film: Ettore Scola, Guido Chiesa, Nanni Moretti, Gianni Zanasi, Paolo Virzì, Ferzan Ozpetek, Giuseppe Piccioni and others. In 2013 he received two David di Donatello for the first time in history: Best Leading Actor for Balancing Act by Ivano De Matteo and Best Supporting Actor for Roberto Andò's Long Live Freedom. In 2015 he co-produced Claudio Caligari's acclaimed Don't Be Bad. Recently he was part of 2016 top-grossing movie Perfect Strangers and stars in Marco Bellocchio's latest film Sweet Dreams. He is preparing his feature-length directorial debut film SHE LAUGHS.
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Partner & Co-Founder of Rocklin/Faust. Nicole is an Oscar-winning producer of Spotlight (directed by Tom McCarthy starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci) and has been named as one of Variety's Top 10 Producers to Watch. Nicole is a member of the Producers Guild of America and her other producing credits include The Perfect Guy (directed by David M. Rosenthal starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut) and Middle of Nowhere (directed by John Stockwell starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri Martino, Justin Chatwin, Willa Holland and Susan Sarandon). Prior to forming Rocklin/Faust, Nicole had an overall deal at Alcon Entertainment with her company, Rocklin Entertainment. She started her entertainment career as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films and at an entertainment law firm and graduated with honors with a B.A. in History and African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1950. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art. Worked on Hasegawa Kazuhiko's 1976 film The Youth Killer as a crew member, and on a number of films as an assistant director, Hirayama made his directorial debut Maria's Stomach in 1990. Won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award with his The Games Teachers Play in 1992. His 1995 film Haunted School was a big hit, and became a popular series. Begging for Love (1998) won numerous international and domestic film awards, including FIPRESCI Award at the Montreal World Film Festival, the Best Director of the Japan Academy Prize, the Best Director of the Mainichi Film Awards. Hirayama has prolifically released a wide variety of films from modern horror to youth drama, period epic, sensual drama, social issues mystery, heart-warming drama, war films, and a mountain-climbing drama. His major filmography includes: Turn (2001); A Laughing Frog (2002); Out (2002); Lady Joker (2004); Talk, Talk, Talk (2007); Three for the Road (2007); Sword of Desperation (2010); Oba: The Last Samurai (2011); Everest: The Summit of the Gods (2016), and others. His first book was published in October 2016.
Festival Director, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
The festival director of BIFAN, a professor at Korea National University of Arts, and a vice president of the Korean Film Producers Association. Produced numerous films such as The Host, 26 Years, The President's Barber, and Apology (Sa-kwa).
International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
Fulvi has been programming for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. She is responsible for discovering and introducing audiences to the newest films and filmmakers of Asian cinema. Based in Italy, she is a member of the selection committee for the Rome Film Festival.
His debut, A Touch of Fever (1992) broke sales records. His second, Like Grains of Sand (1995) took Grand Prix at Rotterdam, and other honors. Hush! (2001), invited to Cannes Directors' Fortnight, was released in 69 countries. In 2008 All Around Us won multiple awards. Three Stories of Love (2015) was highly praised both at home and abroad and won numerous awards.
Editor of BigO, Singapore's only independent pop culture publication, he is program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Eurasia International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and is an Advisor to the Hanoi International Film Festival.
He has been the program director of Athénée Français Cultural Center since 1979, where he screens over 200 films from across the world every year. Since 1998, he has started serving concurrently as the co-director of The Film School of Tokyo. Since 2009, as a member of the board directors of the Japan Community Cinema Center, he has promoted the establishment of a system to secure screening locations with joint cooperation of the government and private.
Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Mark Adams was Chief Film Critic for Screen International and as a film journalist and reviewer for more than 25 years, he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as many national newspapers in the UK.
Born in 1980. Hospitalité won the Japanese Eyes Best Picture Award at Tokyo and the Best Asian Genre Film Award at Bucheon in 2010. Au revoir l'été won the Grand Prix at Nantes Three Continents Festival in 2013, Sayonara won the Days of Cinema Award at Filmadrid. Harmonium won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes in 2016.
Artistic Director, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Karel Och was appointed as the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's artistic director in 2010, after nine years working as a programmer and member of the event's selection committee at the event. He is also a member of the LUX Prize selection panel.