Jackie Raynal is a French film director, editor and actress. After studying literature, she started her career in the 1960s. She worked with the directors of the French New Wave, working on Eric Rohmer’s films, among many others. In 1968, she founded the Zanzibar Group with Sylvina Boissonnas and Olivier Mosset, and directed her first feature film, Twice Upon a Time. Between 1975 and 1992, she was the programmer of the Carnegie Hall Cinema and the Bleeker Street Cinema.
After training at the Nancy Conservatory and the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique in Paris, Andy Gillet continued his acting classes at the Cours Eva Saint Paul. His first performances in the theatre were Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country and Jean Racine’s Bajazet. He was later directed by Charles Berling in Albert Camus’ Caligula. His TV credits include Josée Dayan’s Les Rois Maudits. On screen, he was directed by Anne Fontaine, Zabou Beitman, Eric Rohmer, Andrzej Zulawski and Roschdy Zem. He was recently on stage in The Normal Heart at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris.
Nathalie Richard kicked off her career in New York in Karole Armitage’s theatre company. In 1986, she graduated from the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique and acted in Jacques Rivette’s Gang of Four for which she won the Michel Simon Award. She worked with Olivier Assayas, Michael Haneke, François Ozon, Catherine Corsini, Jean-Luc Godard, Ilan Duran Cohen and Bertrand Mandico, to name but a few. On stage she was in more than thirty plays, among which plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Musset, Molière, Claudel, Murakami and Annie Ernaux. In 2021, you saw her on the silver screen in Aleem Khan’s After Love.
Joël Akafou trained at the Higher Institute for Sound and Image in Ouagadougou. As a student, he directed several short films, including Nourah (2016), which was selected in several film festivals including the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria and the FESTILAG festival in Abidjan. His film Vivre Riche won the Sesterce d’Or for best mid-length film at the Vision du Réel festival in Nyon in 2017, which was also programmed at the Brive film festival. After the Crossing, his first feature documentary, which was screened at the Forum section of the Berlinale, won the Janine Bazin Grand Prize at the 2020 edition of Entrevues. Photo © Dario Lehner
After studying at ESRA, Isabelle Proust started as Hervé Schneid’s assistant editor. In 2009 she kicked off her long-term collaboration with Jean-Claude Hue (Carne Viva, The Lord’s Ride, Eat Your Bones, Tijuana Tales, Topo y Wera…). She recently edited short films by Aude-Léa Rapin, Vincent Weber and Camila Beltrán (Pacifico Oscuro, which won the award for Best Film Editing at the Bogoshorts festival) and the first features directed by Matthieu Bareyre (Young and Alive) and Sylvain Labrosse (Frères d’Arme). She supervises editing work provided by the students at CLCF in Paris, and HEAD in Geneva.