International Competition (Cinema Salvation)
Florian Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. From 1992 to 1998, he studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. He was a co-writer and director on Wim Wenders’ project with film students, DIE GEBRÜDER SKLADANOWSKY, which received an award for Best Documentary at the Montreal Film Festival. In 1997, Gallenberger and his fellow student German Kral made the short film TANGO BERLIN, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival and won an award for Best Director in Bucharest. Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for QUIERO SER, which was shot in Mexico. Gallenberger’s feature film debut SHADOWS OF TIME, produced by Helmut Dietl and shot in India, won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature film, JOHN RABE, was shot in China. In 2014, Gallenberger and COLONIA’s producer Benjamin Herrmann jointly produced Christian Zübert’s tragicomedy TOUR DE FORCE, starring Florian David Fitz. Besides his film work, Gallenberger is a professor at Munich Film School.
Jessica Woodworth (1971) is a film director, screenwriter and producer who grew up in Europe and is based since 2000 in Belgium. Her films have screened in hundreds of festivals including Venice, Cannes, Toronto and Sundance. She has won many dozens of awards including the Lion of the Future in Venice. She is known for the fiction features ‘Khadak’ (2006), shot in Mongolia, ‘Altiplano’ (2009), shot in Peru, and ‘The Fifth Season’ (2012), shot in Belgium, made in collaboration with Peter Brosens. Her fourth film ‘King of the Belgians’ (2016) recently premiered in Venice festival and has been travelling the world since. She received university degrees in literature (1993) and documentary filmmaking (1999). She also trained for theater as an actress. She was a stringer and line producer of documentaries in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing in the nineties. She has been on several juries including Ghent and Zagreb festivals. She is an advisor for film students at the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent. Her production company, Bo Films, is located in Ghent, Belgium. She is currently developing two new fiction projects.
Lech Majewski is a poet, painter, writer and director. Working around the world, Majewski builds his visions in his paintings, films, installations, novels, theatre and opera stagings. He studied at Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from the National Film School in Łódź, Poland. His credits include such films as: The Knight, Prisoner of Rio, Gospel According to Harry, The Roe’s Room, Basquiat, Wojaczek, Angelus, The Garden of the Earthly Delights, Glass Lips The Milll & the Cross and Field of dogs. Presented in festivals at Toronto, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Berlin, Venice and Cannes, his films received numerous prizes.
His video, film and art works have been shown in a variety of galleries and museums, including: Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museo des Belles Artes, Buenos Aires; Image Forum, Tokyo; The National Gallery, London; The Prado, Madrid; Art Institute of Chicago; The Louvre and at the Venice Biennale.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York honored him with an individual retrospective entitled “Lech Majewski: Conjuring the Moving Image”.
Mieko Harada born December 26, 1958 .
She started her career with Lullaby of the Earth (1976) by Yasuzu Masumura. Since then she has played various roles in many remarkable motion pictures and television dramas.
Harada most notably portrayed Lady Kaede in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 film “RAN”, and further collaborated with him in his 1990 film “Dreams”.
Harada also provided the voice for Kaguya in the 2002 anime film Inuyasha the movie.
She worked with major Japanese directors such as Yoji Yamada (My Sons, 1991), Takeshi Koizumi (After the rain, 1999)
Tetsuo Shinohara (First Love, 2000), Koki Mitani (The Uchoten Hotel, 2006), Hisako Matsui (Leonie, 2010), Yasuo Furuhata (Anata e 2012), Takashi Koizumi (A Samurai Chronicle, 2014) etc.
In addition to being a prolific actress with roles in dozens of movies, Harada won the award for best actress at the 21st Hochi Film Award for
Village of Dreams (Yoichi Higashi, 1996 winning the Berlin Silver Bear)
and at the 23rd Hochi Film Award for Begging of Love (Hideyuki Hirayama, 1998, Best film of Japan Academy)
Uberto Pasolini has worked within the British Film Industry since 1983. He became an independent producer and founded Red Wave Films in 1993.
Red Wave produced “The Closer You Get”, written by acclaimed writer William Ivory and “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, starring Ian Holm.
In 2008 Uberto directed “Machan”,which he also co-wrote and produced. The film went on to win numerous international festival awards including the Europa Cinemas Label Award, Best European Film Giornate degli Autori…
2012 saw the release of “Bel Ami” produced by Uberto and starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. The script was adapted from Guy de Maupassant’s novel by Rachel Bennette and directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.
In 2013 Uberto wrote, produced and directed “Still Life”, set in South London and starring Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt. Shortlisted amongst the best European films by EFA in 2014, the film won numerous awards including Best Director, 2013 Venice Film Festival/Orizzonti, Best Film at the Reykjavik…
Fatemah Motamed-Aria Cinema, theater and TV actress, was born in Tehran in 1961. Having taken courses at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, she started a career in Puppeteer in 1973. Starting from 1975, she was a part of a lot of puppet shows such as, Toghi, An Accident in the City of Puppets, Gazelle, Friday, A Pair of Shoes for Zahra, and Richard III. Her puppeteering career ignited a spark of interest in acting in her. Before beginning her cinematic acting career, Motamed-Aria starred in numerous plays and TV shows as an actress or a puppeteer.
She earned a prize for best actress in a leading role from a Canadian Film Festival for her role in A Mother’s Love. She has also received a number of prizes from Fajr International Film Festival such as the Crystal Simorgh for Gilaneh, The Spouse, and Once for Ever and won the prize for best leading actress from the House of Cinema for her roles in Here Without Me and Saad Saal Be In Salha (Miss Iran).
Motamed-Aria has been a jury member at different international film festivals among them Ciné fan, Cairo, and Turin international film festivals could be named.
The Iranian Writer, Director, Rasoul Sadrameli was born in December 1954 in Isfahan, Iran. During his youth, he was active as a journalist and a photographer, but he began his professional activities in the Cinema by making his debut film The Liberation, in 1982. His 1985 film, Chrysanthemum, is considered as his breakthrough, a film which placed his name among the creative Iranian filmmakers. His trilogy about teenage girls, The Girl in Sneakers, I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old and Aida, I Saw Your Father Last Night, introduced a new generation of Iranian actress to the Iranian cinema of which, Taraneh Alidousti can be named.
I am Taraneh, Fifteen Years Old, won him the Crystal Simorgh for Best Direction and the best screenplay, at the 20th Fajr Film Festival along with many other awards from different International film festivals. Just like The Girl in Sneakers which was regarded globally.
Rasul Sadr Ameli has been a member of the jury for Fajr Film Festival and the International children and young adults film festivals for many years now.
Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries
Omirbaev Darezhan Karazhanovich
Omirbaev Darezhan Karazhanovich – film director, screenwriter, film critic.
He was born on March 15, 1958 in the village of Uyuk, Zhambyl region (Kazakhstan). Graduated from the Mathematics Faculty of the Kazakh State University.
He worked as a teacher, programmer and editor at the film studio “Kazakhfilm”. Since 1988 – the director of the studio “Kazakhfilm”.
Member of the Cinematographers Union of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1992).
Author of a number of articles on the theory of cinema, published in the magazines: “New Film”, “Cine Phantom” and others.
He makes his debut in cinema with the short feature film “Schilde”. This work, which was highly appreciated by the cinematographic community, was a turning point in the fate of the young director: in 1989 he returned to the Kazakhfilm studio, from now on to devote himself to filmmaking. Laureate of the Independent Prize “Platinum Tarlan-2001”.
Since 2004, he has been conducting a master’s course at the Faculty of Art Criticism at the Faculty of Arts in the Academy of Arts. T. Zhurgenova.
Hamida Omarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25, 1957.
She graduated from Moscow Cinematography University (VQIK) and then she continued her interests in Art (cinema,culture,theatre).
Omarova has already created some films, e.g. Nizami”( Mosfilm,Azerbaycanfilm), Silver Wheelbarrows (Gümüş furgon, The state of route (Yol əhvalatı), The Kindness of a baby(Şirbalanın məhəbbəti, Golden rock (Qızıl uçurum), I want to know (Anlamag istəyirəm), A flow of loneliness (Tənha durna uçuşu), The painful ways (Əzablı yollar), The fearful ways (Qorxulu oyunlar), Whirlpool (Burulğan), Uzbekfilm, I have a family (Bir ailəm var ), Xazar TV, The Great Prison (Zendane – Dev), Iran, He likes me (Mən onun xoşuna gəlirəm), Tajikfilm …
She has also created some theatre plays and TV shows and programs.
Zeki Demirkubuz was born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. He began his film career as assistant director to Zeki Ökten in 1986, and worked as assistant director for various directors until making Block-C (C Blok, 1994), his first feature film. After this first film, Demirkubuz continued to work as an auteur and independent filmmaker writing his own original screenplays. Film critics and international audiences noticed Demirkubuz with his second film, Innocence (Masumiyet, 1997) which was screened at Venice Film Festival and The Third Page (Üçüncü Sayfa, 1999) which was screened at several festivals in Turkey and Europe, including Locarno and Rotterdam. Following The Third Page, Demirkubuz started to work on his trilogy called “Tales of Darkness.” The first two parts of the trilogy Fate (Yazgı, 2001) and Confession (İtiraf, 2001) were screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2002. The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası, 2003) in which Demirkubuz also played the leading role, concluded the trilogy. Destiny (Kader, 2006), the prequel to Innocence, Envy (Kıskanmak, 2009), has been followed by Inside (Yeraltı, 2012), Nausea (Bulantı 2015), Ember (2016).
NEJIB AYED, Born on December 13th ,1953. He received university degrees in French literature.
He was General Secretary then President of the Tunisian Federation of Cine – Clubs(FTCC)1973-1979 .
There is some of his other career:
1975-1977 Film Critic in the newspaper “Le Temps”.
Producer or Executive Producer works as follows:
-1999: “IN SEARCH OF AIDA” Mohamed Malas (Feature)
– 2000: “ YA ZAHRATAN FI Khayali” by Abdelkader Jerbi (serial 18 hours).
-2001: “Rihana” by Arafa Hammadi (serial18-Hours).
-2001-2002 “AN ODYSSEY” Brahim Babai (feature Films).
-2016: “Flashback” Mourad Ben Cheikh
-2016: “La 3ème Camera” Abdallah Yahia- Long-documentary (in postproduction)
-2016: “L’outsider” Amine Boukhris. Long documentary (in post production)
-2016: “L’Agora” Abdallah Yahia – Short.
-2017: “FLASHBACK” season 2 – by Mourad Ben Cheikh (serial – 20 hours).
Recently he has been assigend to work as the director of Carthage international festival
Kamal Tabrizi, Iranian director and screenwriter, Kamal Tabrizi, was born in Tehran in 1959. He has graduated in cinema from Tehran University of Art, Faculty of Cinema and Theater. He started his cinematic career in 1979 with directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing for short films.
With his film A Mother’s Love, Tabrizi took part in several national and international film festivals. The film could earn its leading actress, Fatemah Motamed-Aria, a prize for best actress in a leading role from a film festival in Canada.
Being one of the most active figures of Iranian Cinema, Tabrizi has also directed numerous TV series among which Shahriar, and The Rebel Years could be considered as the most successful.
Besides being the director of the House of Cinema celebration once, he has been a jury member at Fajr International Film Festival several times.
He has also received a number of prizes, such as the special jury award for Wind Carpet and the Crystal Simorgh for best scenario for Leily is With Me from FIFF.
Tabrizi’s films have gained wide popularity among Iranian cinephiles.
Inter-Faith Award Jury
Michał Legan, born on the 24th of July 1979 in Zielona Góra /Poland/, a theologian, a filmologist, a TV producer. He has poblished two books on theological interpretation on Bresson and Tarkovsky’s movies. Theodrama in film” as well as of the philosophical interpretation of Krzysztof Zanussi’s work „Wojtyla/Zanussi. Personalism in film.” An author of numerous articles in journals and books, which examine the theology of films and their meaning. He is the Head of the Theology of Media Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow. He lives at the Jasna Góra Monastery /Czestochowa, Poland/.
Katia Malatesta graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and she received her PhD in History of the Visual Arts from the University of Pisa; she now works in the public administration for Cultural Heritage of the Province of Trento. For over ten years she has written articles and reviews for the cultural pages of newspapers and web medias. After a three years collaboration as programmer and press agent of the Religion Today Film Festival (www.religionfilm.com), since 2008 she has been working as the artistic director of the event. She is a member of the Trentino Forum for Peace and Human Rights and of the National Coordination of Religions for Peace.
Hojatollah Ayoubi was born in Kelardasht in 1963. He has got a master degree in the field of Islamic studies and political science from Imam Sadiq University. He also has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lyon 2 in France.
Ayoubi is the former deputy minister of Culture and head of Iran’s Cinema Organization, as well as the President of ECO Cultural Institute. He had also held the position of Iran’s cultural attaché in Paris. He also used to be the chairman of Imam Sadiq University, Islamic studies faculty. Hojatollah Ayoubi wrote a book, titled France, Political Parties.
Anne Démy-Geroe is a film programmer and scholar with a PhD in the area of Iranian cinema. She lectures on Asia Pacific Cinema at Griffith Film School and is a co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia. She is a Vice President of NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema, and involved with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Anne was the inaugural Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from1991to 2010. Anne is a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive. She has worked on numerous special film events and has served on many international juries. In 2003 Anne was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry.
Rolando B. Tolentino
Rolando B. Tolentino is faculty of University of the Philippines Film Institute and former dean of the UP College of Mass Communication. He has taught at the Osaka University, National University of Singapore, and University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Philippine literature, popular culture, cinema and media, interfacing national and transnational issues. He writes fiction and creative non-fiction, and is a fellow of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group), Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP), and Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network).
Houshang Golmakani is an Iranian journalist, film critic and director. He was born in Gorgan on March 23, 1954. Golmakani started his professional career in 1972 as a journalist and film critic for Tehran Economist. He graduated in cinema and television from the College of Dramatic Arts of Tehran in 1982.
He is one of the three founders of Film (Iranian magazine), the oldest post-revolutionary film magazine in Iran (founded in 1982 with Massoud Mehrabi and Abbas Yari). In 1993, Film (Iranian magazine) began to print an English version of the magazine for its international readers, FILM International.
Golmakani is also a writer and a director. He directed a documentary by the name of, STARDUST-STRICKEN: A Portrait (1996). He writes books about cinema and translate screenplays, out of which The Gentleman Actor (1st edition: 1997; 2d edition: 2010) and The Sound of Music can be named.
Golmakani has been a jury member at different international film festivals among which Fajr Film festival, Tbilissi film festival, Libzick documentary film festival and Antalya film festival could be named.