Abel Ferrara, an enfant terrible and one of the most significant personalities of American independent cinema, started his controversial, scandal-filled career with The Driller Killer and Ms. 45. His films often examine the characters’ inner psychology and the environment through emotional and physical violence.
One of the most important female figures in contemporary cinema, director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland has a filmography that includes numerous commercial and critical successes. She was a representative of the Polish New Wave and her early works are classified as part of the Cinema of Moral Unrest.
British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky made a name for himself in the mid-1960s in the UK as the youngest cameraman to make a feature film at that time (It Happened Here). He’s cooperated with directors typical for their documentary approach and use of non-actors. He belongs to the world of today’s elite cinematographers.
Jan Tříska is a legendary actor who has portrayed an impressive number of theatre and film characters throughout his career. Not only did he make a name for himself in the Czech Republic, he also broke through in the USA, where he emigrated in 1977. He began acting in theatre as the youngest member of the National Theatre dramatic company.
Ulrich Thomsen studied acting in Copenhagen and initially focused on theatre. He has done a broad range of film work, appearing in independent pictures, TV series, action movies and European thrillers. His role as a Bond villain in The World Is Not Enough placed Thomsen in the spotlight.
The producer of films such as Love Actually and Notting Hill, Duncan Kenworthy will introduce his latest picture, The Pass, at the festival. The UK television and film producer began his career in New York in the 1970s, when among other jobs he oversaw international aspects of the production of the classic children’s program Sesame Street. He returned to London in 1980 and since then has produced numerous TV series and films, earning five BAFTA awards, three Emmy awards and an Oscar nomination.
After studying photography in Vienna, the Italian director and screenwriter Tizza Covi moved to Rome, where she worked as a photographer. In 1996, she formed a creative partnership with Rainer Frimmel that has produced films, theatre plays and photographs. They have received several awards for their documentaries, including one at the Berlinale for the film Babooska.
The Montenegrin director and screenwriter Ivan Marnovic studied at Prague’s FAMU film school, shooting several shorts there that were screened at the Famufest student showcase. In 2012, he worked with the Czech-Macedonian director Ivo Trajkov on the screenplay of the experimental thriller Pariser Platz – Berlin.
Frenchman Angelin Preljocaj studied classical ballet, from which he later switched to modern dance. In 1984, he set up his own dance company Ballet Preljocaj, whose repertoire has been performed at the world’s greatest venues, including Milan’s La Scala, New York City Ballet and Paris Opera.
The Serbian screenwriter and director Milos Radovic came to the attention of critics at Cannes in 1987 with his short film The Sudden and Premature Death of Colonel K.K. For nearly 15 years he focused on shorts, television series and theatre plays before shooting his first feature film in 2003, the comedy mosaic Little World, which received a jury prize at the Sarajevo film festival.
A distinctive figure in Balkans cinema, Serbian actor Lazar Ristovski is not just known for his numerous screen roles but also as a successful screenwriter, director and producer. In 1995, he played the lead role in Emir Kusturica’s Palme d'Or-winning comedy drama Underground.
The visual and conceptual artist Tomáš Svoboda studied at two painting studios at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. On the Czech art scene, his central focus is on installations, performances and interventions in the public space. He was involved in the inception of the Tranzitdisplay gallery and heads the New Media studio at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Eduardo Williams is one of South America’s most promising directors. He is a graduate of Argentina’s Universidad del Cine v Buenos. Even when making student and short films, such as That I’m Falling? and Could See a Puma, he used travel as a powerful source of inspiration. The resulting works are infused with a melancholy mood suggesting that the journey may well be the destination.
A graduate in film from two universities, in Paris and Los Angeles, Bartosz M. Kowalski made his debut as a director with a documentary and has also served as screenwriter and editor on most of his pictures. After his studies, he returned to his native Poland, where he began cooperating with HBO.
The French dancer and circus acrobat Damien Manicel is also known as the maker of short films that have won awards at several European festivals. His very first work, The Lady with the Dog, won the Prix Jean Vigo, while his feature debut, A Young Poet, was awarded a special mention by the jury of the Locarno festival in 2012.
A German actress of Russian origin, Margarita Breitkreiz studied at the prestigious Ernst Busch Academy of the Dramatic Arts in Berlin, winning a number of theatre roles during her studies. Her acting career officially began in 2006 at the Volksbühne Berlin theatre, where she regularly appears in the productions of Frank Castorf.
Portuguese director Marco Martins made an immediate impact with his debut Alice, which garnered a host of nominations and prizes at international festivals and premiered at Cannes. He cut his teeth as a director at the Lisbon Theatre and Television School and as an assistant to Wim Wenders, Manoel de Oliveira and Bertrand Tavernier.
Efthymis Papadimitriou, sometimes listed in credits under the first name Makis, was born in Athens. He studied physics and attended an acting course at the Greek National Theatre’s acting school. He has been cast in numerous well-known plays, such as The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Marat/Sade.
The versatile filmmaker Claire Simon is primarily known for her documentaries, on which she is frequently responsible for the script, camera, editing and direction. Her choice of stories is also wide-ranging. However, they do have one common dominator in the magic of everyday things and banalities.
The Icelandic director, producer and scriptwriter Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson was born in Reykjavik in 1982. His short films (Þröng sýn, Whale Valley and Ártún) have picked up awards at numerous festivals, including Cannes. Heartstone, which is taking part in IFF Prague – Febiofest’s New Europe competition, is his feature debut.
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