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Dušan Milić (director m)

17:54 Q&A after the film Travelator, Cinestar Anděl, # 6, Pilsner Urquell (screening starts at 16:15)

John Madden (director m)

18:04 Q&A after the film Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Cinestar Anděl, # 1, Instinkt (screening starts at 16:00)

20:00 Introduction of the film Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Cinestar Anděl, # 12, Barrandov Studio

21:00 Introduction of the film Debt, Cinestar Anděl, # 1, Instinkt

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Jeroen Krabbé was born in Amsterdam to an artistic family of painters and started his acting career upon graduating from the Amsterdam School for the Arts.  He extended his artistic ambitions in the following years and added directing, play translating, and costume design to his portfolio. Krabbé's first important opportunity came via another Dutch native, Paul Verhoeven, later a famous Hollywood director, who offered him the role of student leader Gus, murdered by the Nazis, in an anti-war drama, Soldier of Orange (1977). Krabbé met Verhoeven again during the shooting of a psychological thriller, The Fourth Man (1983), where he played a homosexual writer. 

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The internationally acclaimed Israeli director spent part of his childhood in the United States and in Brazil, where his father, an enthusiastic amateur filmmaker among other things, worked. Although young Eran Riklis was strongly affected by American culture, upon returning to Israel he soon identified with the new environment and its customs. He enlisted in the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur War, and began studying in Tel Aviv after his military service. In 1957, he moved to the prestigious British National Film and Television School, where he graduated. Since early 1990s, Riklis' work has appeared at international festivals: the drama Cup Final (1993), for example, was presented at the Berlinale as well as the Venice film festival.

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Mike Downey, one of the most significant European independent producers, is also coming to Prague as the envoy of the European Film Academy, which supports the imprisoned Ukrainian director, Oleg Sentsov, in all imaginable ways. IFF Prague – Febiofest will present four of Downey's productions, including Peter Greenaway's historical-biographical picture, Goltzius and the Pelican Company. The President (2014) about the last day of a fallen dictator was directed by a famous Iranian director, who has won awards in Cannes and Venice, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Downey also produced Ben Hopkins' comedy, Lost in Karastan, which is an absurd satire on the topic of dictatorship, with the script co-written by the recent winner of Oscar, Pawel Pawlikowski. 

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She was born Marilyn, but Harry Cohn, the boss of Columbia Studios, saw her as a potential successor of her famous namesake, Marilyn Monroe. Cohn also wanted to get rid of her surname and turn model Marilyn Pauline Novak into an American diva, Kit Marlowe.
However, the new actress was proud of her name and her Czech origin, and didn't want to become yet another short-lived cliché. Thus, a compromise was born, one that drove viewers of both sexes crazy in the 1950s, Kim Novak.
When the young actress was photographed by a photographer of the prestigious Life magazine in 1956, a single dreamy look with a trace of slight worry showed Kim's hidden wonders. 

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Alan Rickman, one of the best contemporary British actors, the winner of the Golden Globe and Emmy for the leading role in Rasputin, well known as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter films, and an actor of many faces, devoted the first half of his career to the stage. Rickman also debuted in the 1990s as a director with the critically acclaimed The Winter Guest, starring Emma Thompson. Febiofest visitors will have the first opportunity to see his second directorial venture, A Little Chaos, in its Czech pre-premiere. Rickman also stars opposite Kate Winslet in this exquisitely staged romance about the creation of the Versailles gardens during the rule of Louis XIV (the Sun King). 

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Alba Rohrwacher first broke through as an actress in her native Italy, where she received numerous prestigious national awards. Her first acting experience was in the theatre. She first appeared in front of the camera in supporting roles, and her first more significant role came with L'amore ritrovato (2004). Yet her acting career was truly launched by the critically acclaimed role of a mentally disturbed daughter in a drama named Giovanna's Father (2009). She appeared in a similar role one year later, in the adaptation of Paolo Giordano's bestseller, The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010), where she portrayed a traumatised girl who, forced by a tragedy, must face a pointless search for her place within modern society. 

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Jean-Jacques Annaud, a director, scriptwriter and producer, was born on October 1st, 1943 in Draveil, France. He studied at the IDHEC, an esteemed film school in Paris. Upon finishing his studies, he made his living as a director of commercials. His debut film was a satirical drama about the pointlessness of war, Black and White in Color (1975), which was made in Ivory Coast. The debut won an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. Although the director comes from France, he made most of his films abroad. Apart from two Oscars (Black and White in Color – Best Foreign Language film, 1977; Quest for Fire – Best Makeup, 1982), his films received numerous other prestigious awards including several Césars (Quest for Fire – Best Film, Best Director, 1982; The Name of the Rose – Best Foreign Language Film, 1987; The Bear – Best Director, 1989).

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After studying English literature at the University of Cambridge, John Madden (b. April 8th, 1949) found his place in television in the 1980s, where he directed several TV films and episodes of TV shows. Among his TV works, he's recently directed the pilot episode of a successful show, Masters of Sex (2013). His feature film debut was Ethan Frome (1993), starring Liam Neeson. Many famous actors appeared in his following films. Judi Dench played the Queen in Mrs Brown (1997) and later in the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love (1998). 

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Szabolcs Hajdu and Orsolya Torok-Illyes
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Szabolcs Hajdu is a director and actor who belongs among today's most distinctive Hungarian filmmakers, alongside Pálfi and Mundruczó. He was born in 1972, in Debrecen, and after studying a film and theatre university, he debuted with Sticky Matters (2001). His next films, Tamara and White Palms, enchanted both critics and viewers worldwide. At Febiofest, he will introduce his latest film, Mirage, together with his wife and the film's leading actress, Orsolya Torok-Illyes, actor and producer Isaach De Bankolé and producer Mátyás Prikler.

 
 
Mátyás Prikler
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A director, scriptwriter and producer, Matyás Prikler, was born in 1982 in Bratislava. He graduated from film direction at the Academy of Performing Arts, and he studied film direction in Budapest as well. His short debut, Thanks, Fine(2009) was selected for the Cinéfondation section at IFF Cannes in 2010, and his feature debut was presented at IFF Rotterdam. Since 2005, he has been managing MPhilms Production Company. He will come to introduce his latest film, Mirage, together with director Szabolcs Hajdu, actress Orsolya Torok-Illyes and actor and producer Isaach De Bankolé.

 
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The Polish-Dutch director and scriptwriter focused on film studies both in her homeland and in Holland, where she studied direction at NFTA in Amsterdam. Initially, she concentrated solely on documentary films, but she soon transitioned to auteur cinema and she always the writes scripts for her films as well. Her television film, Bjilmer Odyssey (2004) was sold to many European countries, which is not usual in the Netherlands. Her feature debut, Nothing Personal, was also successful, winning 5 awards at Locarno festival, as well as being screened at Febiofest...

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Director and producer Jan Doense studied film in his native Netherlands as well as in New York. Apart from directing and production, he also works on festivals – he has founded the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, which, as the name reveals, focuses on fantastic genres. He also concentrates on film journalism and works as a lawyer. He focuses primarily on horror films as he considers that this genre is becoming increasingly popular in the last decade thanks to films such as The Sixth Sense..

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Wilant Boekelman and René Huybrechtse
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The experienced producers with vast filmography focus on various genres including children's films, which represents a very successful Dutch export. In Prague, they will introduce one of their joint projects, sci-fi for children called T.I.M., a story of an unusual friendship between a little boy and a “family” robot, focusing on the issue of loneliness in technologically advanced world.

 
 
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Herman Slagter is a Dutch producer with degree in law, but he started producing films soon after his graduation. He has participated in several European production workshops and trainings; he also works for White Bull Film Company. He produced Fighting Fish (2004), the very first film with martial arts in the Netherlands..

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He graduated from Slavic studies in Paris. After five years in film production and distribution, he moved to Holland, which he selected also thanks to the famous Rotterdam festival. In 2004, he established the Volya Film Production Company, which concentrates on international coproduction, auteur cinema – both feature and documentary films. Its focus is talents especially from Asian post-Soviet countries – last year's Febiofest introduced for example 40 Days of Silence, co-produced by Uzbekistan..

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Rick McCallum
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Rick McCallum, an American producer and occasional actor, is undoubtedly notoriously famous both among the Star Wars fans, as he produced several episodes, and among fans of Indiana Jones and Borgia – a historical TV show. With more than 50 produced films, McCallum is one of today’s most distinctive producers. At the panel discussion focusing on Dutch co-productions, he will introduce his latest project, whose intended partners are from the Netherlands.

 
Dušan Milić
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Serbian director Dusan Milić was born in 1969 in Belgrade. At the age of 19, he started working as an assistant director for Enki Bilal's Bunker Palace Hotel, and Goran Markovic's Tito and Me. His feature debut was Strawberries in the Supermarket (2003), and he successfully continued with Guca! which was presented in Berlin. At Febiofest, he will introduce his latest film, Travelator, a story of a young champion of computer shooting games who is suddenly asked to show his skill in the real world.

 
 
Eché Janga and Sammy Reynaert
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Eché Janga is a Dutch director who finished his studies in 2010 and has made several internationally successful short films since then. He will introduce his feature debut at Febiofest: Helium, a stylistically refined portrait of an ageing Mafioso, which enchanted both the viewers and critics after its premiere at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. Mr. Sammy Reynaert, a scriptwriter of Helium, will introduce the film together with director.

 
Anders Rune
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Anders Rune, a festival-winning young Swedish director, focuses not only on film direction, but also on television and commercial projects. He also dedicates his time to pedagogy and teaches a seminar on film direction. At Febiofest, he will introduce his unusual feature debut, Aerobics: A Love Story about a romantic affair of mentally handicapped Maria and similarly afflicted Janne.

 
 
Nadav Lapid
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Israeli director Nadav Lapid studied film at university in Jerusalem alongside history and philosophy at university in Tel Aviv and, furthermore, Lapid studied literature at University of Paris 8. Lapid has worked as a documentary cameraman and his directorial filmography includes three remarkable short films shot between 2004 and 2006. He embarked on feature films with his debut Ha-Shoter. At Febiofest he will introduce his second feature film, a poetic drama, The Kindergarten Teacher.

 
Jean-Charles Hue
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Jean-Charles Hue was born in 1968 in Eaubonne near Paris. He focuses on sculpting, multimedia art, and film direction. A central topic of his work is identity transformation, as proves his both short and feature films. The latest, Eat Your Bones, premiered at the International Film Festival in Cannes.

 
 
Károly Ujj Meszáros
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The Hungarian director Károly Ujj Meszáros was born in 1968 and his work includes over 150 TV commercials and ten internationally acclaimed short features. Last year Meszárosz shot his extraordinary feature film debut entitled Lisa, The Fox-Fairy; story about an old Hungarian apartment in the 60s which houses a ghost of a jealous Japanese pop singer. This authentic combination of a fairy tale with Japanese mythology is being featured in Febiofest’s New Europe competition.

 
Tomáš Vach
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The young and talented Tomás Vach is a production graduate of FAMU in Prague. After having lived in Berlin for a time and producing short films he now works as a film producer specializing in co-production features. At Febiofest he introduces Štepán Altrichter’s film Schmitke about a German engineer’s journey into the mysterious, mist-shrouded woods of Krušné hory.

 
 
Štěpán Altrichter
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Director Štepán Altrichter grew up in Prague and in south Germany. His life and studies were divided among both Germany and the Czech Republic, as he studied direction both at FAMU in Prague and at HFF in Potsdam. In 2008 he was awarded a prestigious scholarship in Germany for his feature film Schmitke, which is to be introduced at this year’s Febiofest. Apart from the mystery plot about a German engineer, Štěpán Altrichter shot two award-winning short films in the last few years.

 
Peter Kurth
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Audiences already had several chances to get to know the German theatrical and broadcasting actor Peter Kurth starring in both films and on TV, such as Goodbye Lenin! or the TV series Tator.  The most recent part of this exceptionally talented Rostock music and theatre university graduate is the character of aging engineer Schmitke in the eponymous feature film debut of director Štěpán Altrichter.

 
 
Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
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 Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää is a Finnish scriptwriter, director and actor born in the port city of Porvoo. He studied The University of Art and Design Helsinki; and then he took part in the residential programme Cinéfondation in Cannes. He launched his directorial career with two short films Eyes Closed No Hands (2000) and The Fall (2003); then, in 2008 he shot his feature film debut Visitors. He will introduce his latest award-winning film They Have Escaped (2014) at Febiofest.

 
Terry McMahon
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The audience will most probably remember Terry McMahon, an Irish scriptwriter, director and actor, from his role in Nolan’s Batman Begins. McMahon made his debut in feature films in 2011 with his controversial authorial film Charlie Casanova; today, three years later, he is introducing his second feature film Patrick’s Day, a drama about a pathological relationship between a mother and her mentally handicapped son. Patrick’s Day was very successful at various film festivals.

 
 
Vuk Rsumović and Denis Murić
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Vuk Ršumović, a Serbian director, scriptwriter and producer, was born in 1975 in Belgrade, where he later studied at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Apart from film making, he pursues TV scriptwriting, film production and theatre. He introduced himself to film festival audiences with his feature film debut No One’s Child starring Denis Murić, an exceptionally talented young actor, in the lead role of a boy found in the Bosnian forests.

 
Catarina von Richthofen
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Catarina von Richthofen will come to introduce a great documetary film about African pride and beauty 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov directed by her husband Mr. Oswald von Richthofen and coproduced by Roland Emmerich.

 
 
Jan Wolf
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Jan Wolf, a young Czech director and producer, introduced himself to the Febiofest audiences in 2011 with his feature debut, Normalis. The visually impressive story of a young director during the Normalization was made with a tiny budget. A small budget and intense creative enthusiasm also characterise Wolf's second film, a short dramatic story of love and jealousy called Siciliana.

 
Martin Šebík
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Martin Šebík has worked in the film industry for almost twenty years and participated in the creation of several significant Czech and foreign films as an assistant director, including 3 Seasons in Hell by Tomas Masin, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by Andrew Adamson, and Sokurov's Faust. Apart from feature films, Martin Sebik works as a director of commercials. At the Febiofest he will participate a panel discussion about the coproductions with Netherlands.

 
 
 
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