Canadian of Armenian descent, Atom Egoyan was born in Cairo in 1960 and grew up in Canada. He studied at the University of Toronto and began his career in theater. He made several short films before making his first feature film, Speaking Parts in 1989. He directed then Family Viewing, presented at 12nd Mostra; The Adjuster (1991), presented at 16th Mostra; Calendar (1993, 17th Mostra);Exotica (1994, 18th Mostra), winner of the Critic’s Prize at Cannes; The Sweet Hereafter (1997, 21st Mostra), Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes; Felicia’s Journey (1999, 25th Mostra); Ararat(2002, 26th Mostra); Where the Truth Lies (2005, 29th Mostra); and Adoration (2008, 32nd Mostra). He is also the author of one of the segments of Invisible World, a selection of short films produced and organized by Mostra. He will receive the Humanity Prize, awarded by the 35th Mostra.
French scriptwriter, producer, actress and director, she stared in her husband’s Nicholas Klotz first feature length film, The Bengali Night (1988). She has written the screenplay for all of Klotz’ subsequent features, including La Nuit Sacrée (1993, 18th Mostra), as well as the films of the Trilogy of Modern Times: Paria (2000, 24th Mostra), The Wound (2004, 28th Mostra), presented at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes; and Heartbeat Detector (2007, 31st Mostra), awarded with the Critics Prize at the 31st Mostra. Elisabeth is also the script writer of Héléna Klotz’ short film Le Léopard ne se Déplace Jamais sans ses Taches (2004). Her most recent film, Low Life, co-directed with Klotz, is in the selection of the 35th Mostra.
French writer born in 1961. Among his best known works is La Traduction de la Bible. He created in 1994 Videosphère, the biggest video store in Europe dedicated to art house cinema. In 2010, he became director of Directors’ Fortnight, an independent event simultaneous to Cannes Film Festival, after having served for ten years as a member of the selection committee of the event. He is artistic director of European Film Festival, annual event taking place every December in Les Arcs, France.
He was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1959. Filmmaker of a generation that emerged in the south of Brazil in the 80’s, Furtado is a renowned director of short films, including O Dia em que Dorival Encarou a Guarda (1986), co-directed with Pedro Goulart; Barbosa (1988), made in partnership with Ana Luiza Azevedo; Island of Flowers, awarded with the Silver Bear at the Berlinale; Esta Não é a sua Vida (1991, 15th Mostra); and A Matadeira (1994, 18th Mostra). In the late ’80s, he founded with other filmmakers of his generation the producing company Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre. Furtado has written many scripts for TV, including for the series Memorial de Maria Moura (1994) and A Invenção do Brasil (2000), and has also directed TV series such as Decameron (2009). He made his feature debut with Two Summers (2002), followed by The Man Who Copied (2003), Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2005) and Saneamento Básico – O Filme (2007). He has co-written Is one of the screenplay of several features, including Carlos Gerbase’s Tolerance (2000, 24th Mostra), Ana Luiza Azevedo’s Miss Cristina Lost Her Memory (2002, 26th Mostra), Monique Gardenberg’s Benjamim (2003, 27thMostra) and Guel Arraes’ Romance (2008, 32nd Mostra). Also a writer, he is the author of the short stories book Meu Tio Matou um Cara e Outras Histórias (2002) as well as the romance Trabalhos de Amor Perdidos (2006).
Mahamat Saleh Haroun
He was born in Abéché, Chad, in 1960. In 1982, moved to Paris to begin his career as a journalist and filmmaker. He studied cinema at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and journalism in Bordeaux. Haroun worked as a journalist before going back to his first passion and directing his debut short film, Maral Tanié (1994). His first feature, Bye-Bye Africa (1999), was awarded best first feature at the Venice Festival. He has also directed Our Father (2002) and Dry Season (2006, 31st Mostra), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Festival. His fourth feature, A Screaming Man (2010), was awarded Special Jury Prize in Cannes. The film was also presented at the 34th Mostra, which honored the director with a Humanity Award in recognition of his political and aesthetic struggle for his country’s cinema. Until early 2011, Chad had no functioning theatres. Thanks to the director’s pressure and prestige, the government restored Normandie, an old cinema that was reopened in the capital N’Djamena.