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Catherine Deneuve has been internationally famous since Jacques Demy's Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), winner of the 1964 Palme d'Or. She then went on to work with Roman Polanski in Répulsion (Repulsion), Jean Paul Rappeneau in La Vie de château (A Matter of Resistance), Alain Cavalier in La Chamade, Luis Buñuel in Belle de jour and Tristana, François Truffaut in La Sirène du Mississipi (Mississippi Mermaid) and again with Jacques Demy in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) and Peau d'âne. In the 1970s, she continued with major directors such as Robert Aldrich, Marco Ferreri, Jean-Pierre Melville, Mauro Bolognini, Claude Lelouch, Dino Risi, and again Jean-Paul Rappeneau in Le Sauvage (Lovers Like Us). At the beginning of the 1080s, Catherine Deneuve found great critical and public success with François Truffaut's Le Dernier Métro (The Last Metro), and then met André Téchiné with whom she made 7 films, including Hôtel des Amériques (Hotel America), Le Lieu du crime (The Scene of the Crime), Ma saison préférée (My Favourite Season), Les Voleurs (Thieves). She was then in The Hunger by Tony Scott, Agent trouble by Jean-Pierre Mocky, Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (A Strange Place to Meet) by François Dupeyron and Indochine by Régis Wargnier, which was a massive success. She then worked with Manoel de Oliveira, Raúl Ruiz, Leos Carax, Philippe Garrel, Benoît Jacquot and Nicole Garcia in Place Vendôme. From the 2000s on she met a new generation of directors, including Lars Von Trier for Dancer in the Dark, François Ozon for Huit femmes (8 Women) and Potiche, Arnaud Desplechin for Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) and Conte de Noël (Christmas Tale), Gaël Morel for Après lui, Valérie Lemercier for Palais royal !, Christophe Honoré for Les Biens aimés (The Beloved), Emmanuelle Bercot for Elle s'en va (On My Way) and La Tête haute (Standing Tall), Pierre Salvadori for Dans la cour (In the Courtyard) and Martin Provost for Sage-femme (Midwife). Her career has regularly received awards from festivals around the world. She is currently starring in Tout nous sépare by Thierry Klifa, and will be appearing this year in Mauvaises herbes by Kheiron and Le Dernier Vide-grenier de Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli.

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CLÉMENT COGITORE • Director, writer, artist / France
After studying at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg and Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Clément Cogitore developed an artistic style part way between cinema and modern art. Mixing video, installations and photography, his work questions the ways people cohabit with their images. His first short, Chroniques, made in 2006, was screened at Premiers Plans. Then came, in 2007, Visités, and in 2011, Un archipel, Bielutine, and Parmi nous, selected in the Plans Suivants section at Premiers Plans. His worek has also been screened and exhibited in a number of musuems and arts centres, such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Pompidou Centre, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the MoMA in New York. In Clément Cogitore won the Grand Prix du Salon de Montrouge, and in 2012 was nominated for the Villa Médicis in Rome. In 2013, he took part in the Ateliers Jeanne Moreau d’Angers with his feature project Ni le ciel, ni la terre (Neither Heaven Nor Earth). A winner of the Prix de la Fondation Gan at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was nominated for Best First Film at the Césars. The same year he won the Prix le BAL for young creation, and then the Prix Science Po for contemporary art and the 18th Prize of the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard for contemporary art. At the same time as his installation Braguino ou la communauté impossible, Clément Cogitore released his documentary Braguino in 2017, which won awards at the San Sebastián Festival and the FID Marseille.

TIZZA COVI • Director, writer, producer/ Italy
Born in Italy, Tizza Covi studied photography in Vienna and then travelled to Rome as an independent photographer. In 2002, she co-founded with Rainer Frimmel their production company Vento Film. Together they made the documentary Das ist alles (That’s All) in 2001, followed by Babooska in 2005. This documentary won an award at the Berlin Festival, and tells of the daily lives of modern nomads in Italy. Their first drama feature, La pivellina (The Little One), made in 2010, was screened in several festivals and won, among others, the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actress Award at Premiers Plans and the Europa Cinemas Label at the Cannes Film Festival. The film represented Austria at the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. In 2012, they continued their writing, between documentary, improvisation and fiction with the following feature, Der Glanz des Tages (The Shine of Day), screened at Premiers Plans and the Locarno Festival, the film winning the Silver Leopard for Best Actor. Their following documentary, The Photographer in Front of the Camera, is a portrait of Austrian photographer Erich Lessing. For their third drama feature, Mister Universo, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel once again delved into the world of the travelling circus, following a young lion tamer. Released in April 2017, the film received a Special Jury Mention and Europa Cinemas Label at the Locarno Festival.

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VALÉRIE DONZELLI • Director, writer, producer, actress / France
Valérie Donzelli had the lead role in Sandrine Veysset’s Martha…Martha, for which she won the Prix Michel Simon in 2002. She continued working as an actress for Anne Fontaine, Gilles Marchand, Benoît Jacquot, Alain Guiraudie, Guillaume Nicloux and Agnès Varda. In 2007, her performance in 7 ans by Jean-Pascal Hattu won she made her first feature, La Reine des pommes (The Queen of Hearts), co-written with Jérémie Elkaïm who worked with her on all her following films. The film won the Audience Award at Premiers Plans in 2010. Screened to open the Critics’ Week, her second feature, La Guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War) was very successful with audiences and won several prizes in festivals as well as four César nominations. For her following film, Main dans la main (Hand in Hand), released in 2012, she worked with Valérie Lemercier and Jérémie Elkaïm, who she directed alongside Anaïs Demoustier in Marguerite et Julien. The film was screened in the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. For Arte, she made Que d’amour ! based on Marivaux’s Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard and co-produced the films Dans la forêt (Into the Forest) by Gilles Marchand and Crache cœur (Raging Rose) by Julia Kowalski, which won an award at Premiers Plans in 2016. Valérie Donzelli continues actingfor other directors, including Lionel Baier in Les Grandes Ondes (Longwave), Bertrand Bonello in Saint Laurent and Joachim Lafosse in Les Chevaliers blancs (The White Knights).


GUILLAUME SENEZ • Director, writer / Belgium
Following his graduation film from INRACI in 2001, Guillaume Senez made several shorts. In 2006, La Quadrature du cercle followed a 15-year-old who wants to commit suicide, in 2009, Dans nos veines shows a 17-year-old, who suffers physical abuse from his father, and who is about to become a father himself, and in 2012, U.H.T portrays a couple of farmers faced with the difficulties of the job. All his shorts were presented in several festivals and won various awards and were nominated for the Magrittes and the Lutins du court métrage. In 2011, Guillaume Senez took part in the Ateliers Jeanne Moreau d’Angers with his first feature project Keeper. The film, with Kacey Mottet Klein and Galatéa Bellugi, again explains the world of adolescence through a young couple that has to deal with early parenthood. Screened in a number of international festivals, including Locarno, Toronto, and Rotterdam, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans. Keeper was also granted the Europa Cinemas label and won the Magritte for Best First Film and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Salée. Guillaume Senez has just finished shooting his second feature, Nos batailles, with Romain Duris and Laetitia Dosch.

KARIM MOUSSAOUI • PRESIDENT - Director, writer / Algeria
Born in Algeria, Karim Moussaoui is a founder member of the cultural promotion association Chrysalide, created in 2000. He was also a programmer at the cinema of the Institut français d’Algérie in Algiers for several years. His first short, Petit déjeuner, which he self-produced in 2003, is a free adaptation of a poem by Jacques Prévert.  For his next film, Ce qu’on doit faire, in 2006, he chose to illustrate a short story by Charles Bukowski. In 2008, he was assistant director to Tariq Téguia for the film Inland and then actor in Délice Paloma by Nadir Moknèche. In 2011, he wrote his feature screenplay, En attendant les hirondelles (Until the Birds Return), which was selected for the writing workshop Méditalents. While there he met Virginie Legeay who he worked with on writing his medium-length film Les Jours d’avant (The Days Before). Screened in several international festivals, including Locarno, Namur and Clermont-Ferrand, the film won several awards including the Grand Jury Prize in Angers. It was also nominated for the Césars in 2015. A laureate of the Fondation Gan pour le cinéma, Karim Moussaoui developed his first feature, En attendant les hirondelles, in the Cinéfondation residency and at the Ateliers d’Angers. The film, which was released last November, was selected in Un Certain Regard at the last Cannes Film Festival.

CÉLINE DEVAUX • Director, writer / France
Céline Devaux wrote and directed her first short film Vie et mort de l’illustre Grigori Efimovitch Raspoutine as part of her studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Screened in a number of festivals, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans in 2013. She went on to make L’Onde nue, for the 50th anniversary of the Maison de la Radio. In 2015, the Abbaye de Fontevraud gave her a personal exhibition, Un doux orage, with acrylic drawings. The same year, she made her second short, Le Repas dominical (Sunday Lunch), which was very successful in a number of international festivals, including Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Lisbon, Tampere, Chicago and Milan. The film, which features the voice of Vincent Macaigne, was selected for Premiers Plans in 2016. It won the César for Best Animated Short, the SACD award for Best French-language Animation and the Special Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in 2016. Nominated for the European Film Awards last December, her latest film, Gros chagrin, with Swann Arlaud and Victoire du Bois won the Best Short Film Award at the Venice Festival.

FYZAL BOULIFA • Director, writer / United Kingdom

Fyzal Boulifa is British of Moroccan descent. In 2006, with the support of the UK Film Council, he wrote and directed his first short, Whore, which tells the story of two teenagers attracted to each other. It was screened in several festivals and won the Grand Prix du Jury at Premiers Plans. This was followed by the short films Coming Back in 2009, and Burn My Body, in 2010, which follows a teenager who takes the radical choice of taking off her headscarf and exposing herself to the violent consequences of her action. His next film, The Curse, made in 2012, tells the story of a young woman who decides to go far from her village to find her lover. The film was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, won the Illy Prize at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and a BAFTA nomination. In 2015, Fyzal Boulifa made his fifth short, Rate Me. The film is divided into chapters, and is the portrait of a teen escort. Screened in a number of international festivals, including Toronto and Sundance, Fyzal Boulifa once again won the Illy Prize at the Directors’ Fortnight. He is currently preparing his first feature, which will be filmed in the UK later this year.