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Filmmaker and photographer, Danielle Arbid works at the crossroads of art forms. Her feature films, Parisienne, Un homme perdu, In the Battlefields were selected in the most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, New York, Pusan, Tokyo, etc.). She wins the Video Golden Leopard in Locarno for Living room conversations and the Video Silver Leopard for Alone with the war. Her work has been the subject of a lot of retrospectives around the world. She finished this year the cinematographic adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s Simple passion.
Marie Dumora studied philosophy and modern literature before she started to work as an assistant director and a script. She shots her films in the East of France, in areas close from each other, which have eventually created her own cinematographic territory. A character in one documentary often leads her to the next film, like a « breadcrumb trail », so it’s not rare to find the same characters a few years later from one film to an other. In 1997, she starts her career with Le square Burq est impec, the first film of a trilogy on childhood and adolescence. Later, she will follow the daily routine of Manouches, nomads and musicians, first with The Place, awarded in Cinema du réel Festival, and again with her last film Forbach Swing. In 2016, her documentary Belinda is selected at L’Acid in Cannes Film Festival. Her films were selected or awarded in many other festivals : the Berlinale, Indie Lisboa, FID Marseille...
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Cinema critic, Yann Gonzalez starts his career as a director in 2006. Since then, he has directed seven short films, selected for the most at Directors’ Fortnight, and two in Entrevues Belfort : Entracte (Best French Short Film, in 2007) and Je vous hais petites filles (2008). His first feature film, You and the Night, is selected for International Critics’ Week and released in 2013. In 2018, his second feature film, Knife+Heart, is selected for the Cannes Film Festival competition.
Since 2010, Nicolas Reyboubet is the director and programmer of the Kosmos cinema in Fontenay-sous-Bois. He will represent this year the GNCR, who supports the Janine Bazin Great Prize. Former member of the CNC’s Advance on earnings commission (2017-2018), he’s a member of the ACRIF Executive Board, a founding member of the GRPC (Pierre Chenal Rehabilitation Group) and the host of the Calmos Club.
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João Pedro Rodrigues
After biology studies in a way to become ornithologist, João Pedro Rodrigues joins the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. In 1997, his first short film Parabéns! receives the Special Mention of the Jury in Venice International Film Festival. In 2000, his first feature film O Fantasma is selected in Venice and receives the Best Feature Film Price at Entrevues Belfort. After Odete (Directors’ Fortnight and Entrevues in 2005) and China, China, co-directed with João Rui Guerra da Mata (Best Foreign Short Film and Audience Award at Entrevues Belfort). He co-directs with him The last time I saw Macao in 2012 and a few short films. After To die like a man (Un Certain Regard in 2009), his last film The Ornithologist wins the Silver Leopard for Best Direction in Locarno in 2016.