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LAMBERT WILSON • PReSIDENT - Actor, director / France
Born in Paris, Lambert Wilson studied for three years at the London Drama Centre. Fred Zinnemann gave him his first major role in Five Days One Summer, after giving him a start to his screen career in Julia. He then worked with Andrzej Zulawski in La Femme publique, André Téchiné in Rendez-vous, Philippe de Broca in Chouans, Peter Greenaway in The Belly of an Architect, Carlos Saura in El Dorado, Georges Wilson in La Vouivre, Denis Amar in Hiver 54 (Winter ’54), for which he won the Prix Jean Gabin. He also worked with James Ivory in Jefferson in Paris, Alain Resnais in On connaît la chanson (Same Old Song), Pas sur la bouche (Not on the Lips), Coeurs (Private Lives, Public Fears), Vous n’avez encore rien vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet), Fabien Oteniente in Jet Set, the Wachowskis in Matrix IIMatrix III, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi in Il est plus facile pour un chameau (It’s Easier for a Camel), Sophie Fillières in Gentille, Valérie Lemercier in Palais Royal !, Vincent Garenq in Comme les autres (Baby Love), Xavier Beauvois in Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Bertrand Tavernier in La Princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier), Alain Chabat in Le Marsupilami (HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsipulami), Philippe Le Guay in Alceste à bicyclette (Cycling with Molière). In parallel, Lambert Wilson also sings and has recorded several albums, including Musicals, Nuit américaine and Loin. He has also acted on stage for Georges Wilson, Jean-Louis Barrault, Antoine Vitez, Bernard Murat… and has himself directed Les Caprices de Marianne by Alfred de Musset, Bérénice by Racine, Music-hall by Jean-Luc Lagarce and La Fausse suivante by Marivaux. In 2016, Lambert Wilson was in films by Pascal Bonitzer, Tout de suite maintenant, Mohamed Hamidi, La Vache (One Man and his Cow), and Jérome Salle, L’Odysée (The Odyssey). He is currently on tour with Lambert Wilson chante Montand (Lambert Wilson Sings Montand), and will soon be on screen again in Nicolas Silhol’s Corporate, presented this year at Premiers Plans, Noémie Saglio’s Telle mère, telle fille and Marc Dugain’s L’Échange des princesses.

HÉLÉNA KLOTZ • Director, writer / France
Héléna Klotz started in the theatre with Bruno Bayen as an assistant director, and then sound designer. In 2003, she made the medium-length film Le Léopard ne se déplace jamais sans ses taches which won several awards in festivals. She then went on to work on the website of the Cahiers du Cinéma and made a series of video modules. In 2006, she made the documentary Les Amants cinéma while also working on casting for the films of Katell Quillévéré, Eva Ionesco, Nicolas Klotz, Laurent Achard. She also had her own personal projects, with a documentary commissioned by Pascal Rambert, Gennevilliers 07/08, music videos and writing her future cinema projects. In 2011, Héléna Klotz made her first feature, L'Âge atomique (Atomic Age) with Niels Schneider, the first part of a trilogy on youth, broadcast on Arte and released in theatres in 2012. The film was screened in several festivals, including Premiers Plans, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, along with the international critics' award at the Berlin Festival and the Prix Jean Vigo. In 2014, she was an artistic consultant on Jacques Audiard's Palme d'or-winning film Dheepan, and in the same year made her short film BTLM*Bethlehem. In 2016, she directed a music video for Philippe Katerine and finished writing her next feature.

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ANAMARIA MARINCA • Actress / Romania, Britain
Born in Romania, Anamaria Marinca started her career in 2004 on the television series Sex Traffic, for which she won a number of awards acting awards, including a BAFTA. After appearing in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, she was revealed to audiences by Cristian Mungiu in 2007 in the lead role in 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 days, Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She won the Best Actress award at the Stockholm Festival and Palm Springs for this film. She went on to appear in Radu Muntean's Boogie, screened in the Directors' Fortnight, Sebastián Cordero's Europa Report, Julie Delpy's The Countess, and Hans-Christian Schmid's Storm, both of which won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Srinath Samarasinghe's Un nuage dans un verre d'eau, David Ayers Fury, with Brad Pitt, and Philippe Le Guay's Floride, with Jean Rochefort and Sandrine Kiberlain. After appearing on television in The Last Enemy, with Benedict Cumberbatch, in Wallander, with Kenneth Branagh and in The Missing, this year she will be in Mars, a series broadcast on the National Geographic Channel along with films by Colm McCarthy, The Girl with All the Gifts, with Glenn Close, Ghost In The Shell, by Rupert Sanders with Scarlett Johansson, and Ulysses: A Dark Odyssey by Federico Alotto.

PANOS H. KOUTRAS • Director, writer / Greece
Born in Athens, Panos H. Koutras studied cinema at the London Film School before going to the Sorbonne in Paris. With his toing and froing between Paris and London, he made several shorts which travelled to Festivals around the world. In 1995 founded his own production company in Athens, 100% Synthetic Films, and started writing his first feature, I epithesi tou gigantiaiou moussaka (The Attack of the Giant Moussaka). Released in France 2001, this much-noticed film was selected for many festivals, including London and San Francisco. His second film, Alithini zoi (Real Life), selected for the Toronto Film Festival, was celebrated with the Prize of the Greek Critics’ Association at the 45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In 2009, came Strella, presented at the Berlin Film Festival, in the Panorama section. The film won several awards in international festivals and four prizes at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards. Selected in Cannes in 2014, his fourth film, Xenia, earned him several awards including best film, best screenplay and best director at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards.

FABRIZIO RONGIONE • Actor, writer, producer / Belgium
Born in Brussels, Bruxelles, Fabrizio Rongione started in Rosetta by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Palme d’Or in 1999. He then went on to appear in Le parole di mio padre (The Words of My Father) by Francesca Comencini, Ne fais pas ça by Luc Bondy, Bye Bye Blackbird by Robinson Savary, Le Dernie gang (Masked Mobsters) by Ariel Zeitoun. In parallel, he worked regularly on stage and in 2003 played Napoleon in Robert Hossein’s C’était Bonaparte. He has also written and directed several shows with Samuel Tilman, including a man show, À Genoux, which won an award for best one man show in 2002, and founded the production company Eklektic Productions. In 2006, he co-wrote and acted in Joachim Lafosse’s first feature Ça rend heureux, Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans in 2007. He regularly works with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and was in L’Enfant (The Child), Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence), Le Gamin au vélo (Le The Kid with a Bike), La Fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) and Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night). For this film he won the Magritte for Best Actor. He also worked for Guillaume Nicloux in La Religieuse (The Nun), Martin Provost in Violette, Eugène Green in La Sapienza and Fils de Joseph (The Son of Joseph) and on television in Mafiosa and Un village français (A French Village). This year he will be in Faut pas lui dire by Solange Cicurel, Une part d’ombre by Samuel Tilman and Diane a les épaules by Fabien Gorgeart.

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LAURENT LARIVIÈRE • PRESIDENT - Director, writer / France
In 1999, Laurent Larivière made his first short film, L’Un dans l’autre. His following film, J’ai pris la foudre (Lightening Struck Me), won, among other awards, the Grand Prix of the  28th Festival du film court de Villeurbanne. Broadcast on TV5 Monde, the film was published as a DVD, designed for young people in care. In 2009, he made Au bout des branches (When the Bough Breaks), followed by Les Larmes, written in collaboration with Olivia Rosenthal, with whom he works regularly as part of literary and cinema festivals, and performances such as La Peur or Les Larmes chantier. With Vincent Rafis and Denis Lachaud he prepared a multidisciplinary performance combining theatre and cinema, Eldorado dit le policier. For this project, Laurent Larivière won the Villa Médicis Hors-Les-Murs. In 2011, he made his fifth short film, Les Élus de la terre, and then worked with several writers and directors on Sacha Lenoir, on the adaptation of five short stories for the screen. Selected at the Festival Court de Pantin in 2014, his next film, Tous les adultes ne sont pas méchants, was adapted from a short story by Olivia Rosenthal. He was a resident at the Ateliers d’Angers in 2013 with his feature project Je suis un soldat (I Am a Soldier), written with François Decodts, and made the film the following year with Louise Bourgoin and Jean-Hugues Anglade. The film was presented in a number of festivals, including Cannes, in Un Certain Regard. In 2016, Laurent Larivière was appointed vice-chair of the CNC commission for pre-production of short films. He is currently participating in the writing of Elsa Amiel’s film Pearl.

ARTA DOBROSHI • Actress, producer / Kosovo
Born in Kosovo, Arta Dobroshi studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pristina. She then went on stage in both Pristina and Sarajevo, notably playing in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ismail Kadaré’s Palace of Dreams and Anton Ndreca’s Sextet. Apart from short films she also acted in the Albanian features, Magic Eyes by Kujtim Çashku, Vera by Artan Minarolli and Ylljet Alicka, and The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova by Eno and Piro Milkani. In 2007, she was cast by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne to play the lead role in Lorna’s Silence. Selected in competition in Cannes, the film earned her a nomination for the European Film Awards. She then appeared alongside Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt in Julie Gavras’s Late Bloomers and Raphaël Personnaz and Clotilde Hesme in Three Worlds by Catherine Corsini, screened in Un Certain Regard. Her performance in this film earned her the Best Actress award at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and a nomination for a César for Best Aspiring Actress. In 2015, she started working with Daniel Mulloy in his short film Baby, and then producing his following films Atisand Home. Home has been screened in a number of festivals and among other awards won the BAFTA for Best Short Film. In 2016, Arta Dobroshi appeared in Massive Attack’s music video Come Near Me, Featuring Ghostpoet.

MANAL ISSA • Actress / France-Lebanon
Manal Issa is a Franco-Lebanese actress who is trilingual in French, English and Arabix. Born in France, she moved to the Lebanon at the age of three. After the war in 2006, she returned to France and studied industrial engineering at Istia in Angers, where she was spotted by director Danielle Arbid to play the lead role in her film Peur de rien (Parisienne) alongside Vincent Lacoste, Paul Hamy and Dominique Blanc. With this film she won the best actress award at the Festival des Arcs and an Award at the Subtitle Spotlight European Film Festival. A few months later, Bertrand Bonello called on her for his film Nocturama (Paris is Happening) with Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers and Adèle Haenel. Released last August, the film has been screened in several festivals including Toronto and San Sebastián. Manal Issa divides her time between Paris and the Lebanon, where she works as an engineer while still acting. She has just appeared in Nadim Tabet’s film One ofThese Days, and will soon be in Viken Armenian’s first film. Manal Issa has been shortlisted for the 2017 César for most promising actress for the film Peur de rien (Parisienne).