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Isaach de Bankolé (b.1957) comes from Ivory Coast. His breakthrough came with Chocolat by the French director, Claire Denis. He worked with this director again in White Material. The actor soon became a favorite of the king of the American independent cinema, Jim Jarmusch, who cast him in Night on Earth, Ghost Dog and The Limits of ControlIsaach de Bankolé will receive this year's Kristian award for his Contribution to World Cinema.

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Dieter Kosslick
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Dieter Kosslick (b. 1948) has been the director of the International Film Festival in Berlin (Berlinale) since 2001. He studied Communication, Politics, and Education at Munich university. In 2008, he became an honorary professor at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam.

 
 
Sylvain Chomet
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Sylvain Chomet (b.1963) is a French director and animator best known to Czech audiences for his witty and original animated film, The Triplets of Belleville (2003), which was nominated for Oscars in two categories. Another Oscar nominee was The Illusionist seven years later, based on a script by the legendary French comedian Jacques Tati. Febiofest will screen Chomet's acclaimed short film, The Old Lady and the Pigeons (BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film, Oscar and César nominations) from 1997, and also his live-action debut with a distinctive visual style, Attila Marcel.

 
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Anna Katriina Outinen (b.1961) started in live theatre, but she's been playing in films since 1980. Her career started with an excellent film, albeit rather unknown in the Czech Republic - Täältä tullaan, elämä! (Here We Go, Life!) by Tapio Suomine. She has gained further fame thanks to Aki Kaurismäki's films. The films they have collaborated on include Hamlet Goes Business, The Match Factory Girl, Take Care of Your Scar, Tatiana, and many others. Her role in The Man Without a Past earned her the award for Best Actress in Cannes. 

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Barbora Bobuľová
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Barbora Bobuľová (b.1974) is an actress who has been living and establishing a successful career in Italy since the 1990s. Her first major role was in Marco Bellocchio's Prince Homburg (1997), but her breakthrough came with Ferzan Özpetek's Sacred Heart (2005). She starred in Paolo Genovese's Immaturi (2011), Ivano De Matteo's Balancing Act (2012), and others. She shared the role of Coco Chanel with Shirley MacLaine in the eponymous film. She has collected almost all of the important awards of the Italian film industry: David di Donatello, Silver Ribbon, the Golden Globe, etc. Febiofest pays tribute to her with the Italian part of her filmography.

 
Theodor Pištěk
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Theodor Pištěk (b. 1932) is a Czech painter and costume designer of both cinema and theatre. He won an Oscar for his costumes for Forman's Amadeus, and he received a César and an Oscar nomination for his costumes in Valmont. He was awarded the Czech Lion for Artistic Contribution to Czech Cinema in 2003. Theodor Pistek, will become the honorary chairman of the 33-member jury of the 21st edition of IFF Prague – Febiofest. 

 
 
Robert Więckiewicz
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Robert Więckiewicz (b.1967) enchanted Febiofest's viewers two years ago in the role of Leopold Socha in Agieszka Holland's In Darkness, the closing film of Febiofest 2012. Polish viewers have known him from many roles since the 1990’s, and he has also appeared in epic Polish historical production. Wojciech Smarzowski cast Więckiewicz in The Dark House (Febiofest 2010), he also played in Strawberry Wine with Jiri Machacek (Febiofest 2009). This superb Polish actor is coming to this year's festival to introduce Walesa: A Man of Hope.

 
Svein André Hofsø Myhre
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Svein André Hofsø Myhre (b. 1973), a Norwegian actor with Down syndrome, is the main protagonist of a witty play called Detektiv Downs. He will accompany director Bard Breien to introduce the Czech premiere of the film along with the Czech co-producers (Evolution Films).

 
 
Bård Breien
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Norwegian director, Bård Breien, studied literature in Oslo and later film in Copenhagen. At first, he wrote short films (e.g. Que sera, sera). He became known for his direction of The Art of Negative Thinking in 2007, which was awarded a Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. He will introduce his new directorial work, Detective Downs, in Febiofest's Special Screenings section.

 

 
Taru Mäkelä
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Taru Mäkela was born on April 1st,1959 in Tampere, Finland. Her directing and scriptwriting work is reflected in The Storage (2011), Little Nurse (1999) and The Catch (2007). She is married to cinematographer Jouko Seppälu. At this year's Febiofest, she will introduce her new film, August Fools, as a part of the Special Screening section. The cameraman Jouko Seppälä of this film will come along with her.

 
 
Jiří Mádl
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Jiří Mádl is a Czech actor who became famous for his role Snowboarders (2004). However, it has been a long time since then, and apart from playing in theatre, composing songs, and acting in many successful films, he has embarked on a new career as a director. He will introduce his directorial and scriptwriting debut, To See the Sea, as part of the Special Screening section.

 
Srdan Golubovic
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Srdan Golubović (b. 1972) is one of the most renowned Serbian directors. His debut, Absolute Hundred, was part of the main program at more than 30 festivals including Toronto and Cottbus, receiving 10 international and 19 Serbian awards. Along with several of his colleagues, he manages the Bas Celik production company, which focuses on marketing campaigns and music videos. He currently teaches at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. At Febiofest, he will introduce Circles, his film from 2013. He will come with his wife Jelena Mitrovic, who has produced his film Trap in 2013.

 
 
Marc Biscontini

Marc Biscontini is a French actor appearing in the film Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (2013), which he will introduce at this year's Febiofest together with its director, Matteo Oleotto.

 
Jaana Puskala
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Jaana Puskala is currently managing the Finnish Film Foundation. Not many people know more about Finnish cinema than her, which is why you'll see her in the Northern Lights program section.

 
 
Olivier van der Zee
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Olivier van der Zee is a promising Dutch director living in Spain. As a part of the World Panorama section, he will introduce the 3D documentary Bull Running in Pamplona, about the preparation of runs with bulls behind your back. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the IFF Warsaw in 2013.

 
Iram Haq
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Iram Haq (b. 1976) studied art at the Westerdals School of Communication. At the beginning of her career, she played in television films and wrote scripts for short films. Her directorial debut, Little Miss Eyeflap, premiered at the Sundance festival and earned several awards at other festivals. She will be here to introduce the film  I Am Yours, which she wrote and directed. It was chosen as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2013 Oscars and was awarded at Lübeck film festival.

 
 
René Houwen
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René Houwen is a Dutch scriptwriter and director. He will introducehis latest film, Heroinat Febiofest in the New Europe competition. The film will compete for Grand Prix and for the prize of 5,000€. The film was edited by his partner, Thijs Gloger, who will also visit this year's Febiofest.

 
Thijs Gloger
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Thijs Gloger is a director, scriptwriter, editor and producer from the Netherlands. He co-directed Foreigners and he also participated on Die Welt, a film directed by Alex Pitstra. At Febiofest, you can see him with René Houwen, with whom he established Schaftkip Films company; he photographed and edited Houwen's new film, Heroin.

 
 
Valentin Hotea
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Valentin Hotea is a promising director from Romania. You can see him in the New Europe Section where he will introduce his film, Roxanne, which will compete for the Grand Prix of Febiofest.

 
Diana Dumbrava
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Diana Dumbrava (b. 1967) is a Romanian actress. She played in Maria (2003), Beowulf (1999) and California Dreamin' (2007). Along with director Valentin Hotea, she will introduce Roxanne in the New Europe competition.

 
 
Yariv Horowitz
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Yariv Horowitz is a leading director in Israel. He started directing at the age of 18. After serving his compulsory military service, he was finally able to make Rock The Casbah, which he will introduce in the New Europe competition. The film pays a tribute to his childhood friends who served with him in the occupied territories. 

 
Jan Forström
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Jan Forström is a Finnish director and scriptwriter. He will introduce the psychological drama Princess of Egypt at Febiofest. This film will compete in the New Europe competition for the Grand Prix and the prize of 5,000€.

 
 
Maximilian Hult
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Maximilian Hult (b. 1982) from Sweeden is known as a director of short films. He spent many years making short films with friends during his studies in Stockholm. 

He will introduce his new film Home at Febiofest, in the New Europe competition.

 
Benny Vandendriessche
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Benny Vandendriessche is a Belgian screenwriter and director. In the Upstream section, he'll present a film called Drift about saying goodbye before dying.

 
 
Daniel Castro Zimbrón
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Daniel Castro Zimbrón is a Mexican director and screenwriter. In the section Upstream he wil introduce a film called Tau. It tells a hallucinogenic story set in the Mexican desert Wirikuta .

 
Vardit Bilu

Vardit Bilu, sometimes known as Vidi Bilu, is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. In the Upstream section, he'll present the film Fragile, a story about Ruth, a housewife who lives at home on the edge of Jerusalem just before the outbreak of the Six-Day War.

 
 
Ignacio Santa Cruz
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Ignacio Santa Cruz is an actor who appeared in the film, Lokas (2008). He will be here to introduce his film, The Uncle, in the Upstream section, which he both produced and stars in.

 
Simon Lavoie
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Simon Lavoie comes from Quebec, Canada. He has made several successful and award-winning short films. Febiofest's Upstream section will present his film Torrent, which was based on a novel by Canadian writer Anne Heber.

 
 
Eduardo Roy
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Eduardo Roy is a young writer from the Philippines. In the section Another Shore at Febiofest he'll present his new film Quick Change, which portrays the alarming problems of the transgender community in Manila.

 
Michail Iljensko
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Michail Iljenko (* 1947) is a Russian film director, screenwriter and actor known for The One Who Passed Through Fire (2011), about life in the Soviet gulag. He will honor Febiofest with a visit to the special opening night screening in support of Ukraine.

 
 
Mykyta Panisov

Mykyta Panisov is an Ukrainian cinematographer who will visit Febiofest along with director Oleksandr Shkrabak within the special opening night screening in support of Ukraine.

 
Jana Škopková
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Jana Škopková (b. 1962 ) is a Czech journalist, reporter and filmmaker who works for Czech Television. You'll see her presenting the adventure film Journey Into An Eurostudent's Mind within the Special Screening section .

 
 
Peter Kerekes, Pavol Pekařčík, Iva Škrbelová

A duo of Slovak directors will present the docudrama, Velvet Terrorists in the Special Screening section. An actress Iva Škrbelová, who features in the film is also coming to Febiofest. The film tells three stories about men who stood up to the communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia.

 
 
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