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Cédric Kahn began his career as a trainee editor on Maurice Pialat's Sous le soleil de Satan (Under the Sun of Satan) before directing his first short, Les Dernières Heures du millénaire, in 1990. Two years later, he premiered his first feature, Bar des rails, at the Festival Premiers Plans, he was then awarded the Prix Jean Vigo for his next film, Trop de Bonheur, and the Prix Louis-Delluc for L'Ennui in 1998. He was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 with Roberto Succo, and then made Feux rouges with Carole Bouquet and Jean-Pierre Darroussin, L'Avion with Vincent Lindon and Isabelle Carré, Les Regrets with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Yvan Attal, and Une vie meilleure with Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti. After his first experience as an actor in N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir by Xavier Beauvois, he returned 20 years later in Alyah and Les Anarchistes by Elie Wajeman, Tirez la langue, Mademoiselle by Axelle Ropert, Un homme à la hauteur (Up For Love) by Laurent Tirard and L'Économie du couple by Joachim Lafosse. In 2014, he won the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Festival for his film Vie sauvage (Wild Life) with Mathieu Kassovitz and in 2018, his leading actor won the Silver bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Festival for his film La Prière. This year, he was also in Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski, Marche ou crève by Margaux Bonhomme and the series Dix pour cent in which he plays himself alongside Isabelle Huppert. This year he will be releasing his 11th feature, with Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot.

SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN • Actress / Denmark - France

Born in Denmark, Sidse Babett Knudsen lived for 2 years in Africa. At the age of 18, she left to go to Paris where she studied drama. Five years later, she returned to Denmark where she performed on stage in several plays, including Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen and on film in, among others, Let’s Get Lostby Jonas Elmer which brought her critical acclaim and several awards for her performance. In 1999, she took the leading role in Susanne Bier’s Den Eneste Ene (The One and Only), again winning the award for actress of the year in Denmark. She worked with her again in 2006 in Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding), alongside Mads Mikkelsen. In 2010, she played a politician in the series Borgen, which was very successful with international critics and audiences alike. Her performance won her a nomination for an Emmy Award, and in 2014 she received a “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres”. She then played the lead role in Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, and played alongside Fabrice Luchini in Christine Vincent’s L’Hermine (Courted), which was presented at the Venice Festival. She won the César for Best Supporting Actress for this film in 2016. In the US she worked on A Hologram for the King by Tom Tykwer and Inferno by Ron Howard alongside Tom Hanks and was also in the new HBO series Westworld. In France, she was in La Fille de Brest (150 Milligrams) by Emmanuelle Bercot, which was selected for the San Sebastián Festival and for which she was nominated for the Lumières and the César for Best Actress in 2017. She also won a “Jussi” award for her part in a Finnish film Ikitie (The Eternal Road) by Antti-Jussi Annila. This year, Sidse Babett Knudsen will be in Limboby Ben Sharrock, The Exception by Jesper W. Nielsen and Régis Roinsard’s Les Traducteurs (The Translators), with Lambert Wilson.


LÉA MYSIUS • Director, writer / France
After studying literature, Léa Mysius graduated from La Fémis in screenwriting in 2014. She made three short films, including Cadavre exquis and Les Oiseaux-tonnerre, which won awards in several festivals, including Cinéfondation and Premiers Plans in 2015, where the same year she presented the reading of the screenplay of L’Île jaune, winning the audience award. The film, co-directed with Paul Guilhaume, was selected in competition the following year at Premiers Plans and won the Jury Prize. Her first feature, Ava, with Noé and Laure Calamy, was screened at Critics’ Week in 2017 and won the SACD award. The script of the film had been read in public the previous year. Léa Mysius has regularly co-written with other directors including Arnaud Desplechin for Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (Ismael’s Ghosts) with Mathieu Amalric and Marion Cotillard and for his next film, Roubaix, une lumière (Roubaix, a Light) with Roschdy Zem and Léa Seydoux. She also worked with André Téchiné on the screenplay of the feature L’Adieu à la nuit starring Catherine Deneuve and Kacey Mottet-Klein and is working on the screenplay of a film for Claire Denis. Léa Mysius is currently preparing her second feature.

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SYLVIE PIALAT • Producer / Italie
Sylvie Pialat began in the cinema working on the sets of Le Destin de Juliette (The Destiny of Juliette) by Aline Issermann and À nos amours (To Our Romance) by Maurice Pialat. She was then co-writer of Police, Van Gogh, Le Garçu that she also produced. She also wrote the adaptation of Maurice Pialat’s Sous le soleil de Satan (Under the Sun of Satan) based on the Bernanos novel, Palme d’Or in 1987. She set up her production company, Les Films du Worso in 2003 and welcomed a new generation of directors such as Julie Gavras with La Faute à Fidel ! (Blame it on Fidel), Sébastien Betbeder with Nuage and Nicolas Boukhrief with Cortex. She currently has around 30 features, 20 or so shorts, and some fictions and documentaries to her name. She has on occasion worked several times with the same director, notably Guillaume Nicloux for La Religieuse (The Nun), Valley of Love, Les Confins dumonde (To the Ends of the World), Joachim Lafosse withÁ perdre la raison (Our Children), Les Chevaliers blancs (The White Knights) or recently Continuer (Keep Going), Alain Guiraudie with Le Roi del’évasion (King of escape), L’Inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake) and Rester vertical (Staying Vertical). For this film she received the Daniel Toscan du Plantier Award in 2014 and also the following year for Timbuktuby Abderrahmane Sissako, César for Best Film. In 2017, she produced, among other films, Les Gardiennes (The Guardians) by Xavier Beauvois, Le Semeur (The Sower), Marine Francen’s first film and La Prière (The Prayer) by Cédric Kahn, renewing the collaboration for his next feature which will be released later this year, as will Corneliu Porumboiu latest film and Aude Léa Rapin’s début film Les Héros ne meurent jamais.
AMINE BOUHAFA • Composer / France - Tunisia
Amine Bouhafa started playing the piano as a child, and soon joined the National Conservatory in Tunis. At 15, he composed his first film music for a short film and a passion for the big screen was born. A few years later, he went to the Paris conservatory to study orchestration, harmony and analysis. With his twofold culture he developed a very personal style. The quality of his composition and the originality of his style led him to be chosen by producer Sylvie Pialat and director Abderrahmane Sissako to compose the soundtrack of Timbuktu for which, at the age of only 28, he received the César for Best Original Soundtrack and the Grand Prix France Musique Sacem. The same year, Oka by Souleymane Cissé, for which he composed the music, was in the official selection in Cannes. Two years later he composed the music for Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania, in competition in Un Certain Regard. The film won the prize for Best Sound Desgin. His latest collaborations have been screened in leading international festivals: Looking for Oum Kulthum by Shirin Neshat at the Venice Mostra and Amine by Philippe Faucon with Emmanuelle Devos the Directors’ Fortnight. With more than 30 projects to his name, his career is also flourishing in the Arab world, notably in Egypt where he has composed the music for highly successful television series, notably Grand Hotel, the first Arabic series broadcast on Netflix.
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Born in the Netherlands, Michael Dudok de Wit studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in the UK and presented his graduation film, The Interview, at the Annecy Film Festival. After a year working in independent studios in Barcelona, he returned to London and made a number of well-received commercials before creating Tom Sweep, the pilot of a series, which tells the story of a street sweeper who is discouraged by constant litter. He then joined the "Artists in Residence" programme of the Studio Folimage to develop his film Le Moine et le Poisson (The Monk and the Fish). This was nominated for an Oscar, went to numerous festivals and won the César for Best Short Film. In 2000, he made Father and Daughter, the poetic story of a girl awaiting the return of her father. This film brought him international recognition, and won, among other awards, an Oscar, a Bafta and the Grand Prix at the Annecy Film Festival. In parallel, Michael Dudok de Wit illustrates children's books and teaches in art schools and universities in the UK and abroad. In 2006 he returned with the short film The Aroma of Tea, which is drawn entirely using tea. Contacted and co-produced by Ghibli Studios, Michael Dudok de Wit spent several years directing the film La Tortue Rouge (The Red Turtle), cowritten with Pascale Ferran. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, it won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize and a nomination for the Césars and the Oscars for best Animated Feature.

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ALICE ISAAZ • Actress / France
Alice Isaaz followed the Cours Florent and started her career in Jonathan Borgel’s short film Jeanne, followed by the first feature of Ruben Alves, La Cage dorée (The Gilded Cage). She then appeared in La Crème de la crème (Smart Ass) by Kim Chapiron, Fiston by Pascal Boudieux, Les Yeuxjaunes des crocodiles by Cécile Telerman, for which she won the Swann d’Or for upcoming actress in Cabourg, and then En mai, fais ce qui te plait (Come What May) by Christian Carion, Un momentd’égarement (One Wild Moment) by Jean-François Richet, Elle by Paul Verhoeven and Rosalie Blum by Julien Rappeneau. In 2015, she was directed on stage by Isabelle Carré for De l’influencedes rayons gamma dans la croissance des marguerites, before returning to the cinema with La Surface de reparation (On the Sly)by Christophe Régin, Espèces menaces (Endangered Species) by Gilles Bourdos and Mademoiselle de Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret alongside Cécile de France and Edouard Baer. This year, Alice Isaaz will be in L’État sauvage by David Perrault, Play by Anthony Marciano and next month in Rémi Bezançon’s Le Mystère Henri Pick with Fabrice Luchini and Camille Cottin

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SAMUEL THEIS • Director, writer, actor / France
Born in 1978, Samuel Theis firstly studied drama at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Lyon. He then joined the screenwriting workshop of La Fémis. In 2008, he worked with Marie Amachoukeli and Claire Burger on the short film Forbach, in which he plays himself alongside other members of his family. The film was screened at Premiers Plans and won the second prize of the Cinéfondation in Cannes and the Grand Prix in Clermont-Ferrand. In 2011, he directed Jean-Luc Lagarce's play Juste la fin du monde which won Théâtre 13 and SACD awards. Two years later, he again worked with Marie Amachoukeli and Claire Burger on Party Girl, which was loosely based on the life of his mother. The film opened Un Certain Regard and won the Caméra d'Or and a nomination for the César for Best First Film. The project was in the Ateliers d'Angers the previous year. Samuel Theis is also an actor (La Princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier), Nos Futurs (Our Futures)). In 2018, has was in the series Dix pour cent (Call My Agent) and the mini-series Fiertés (Proud) by Philippe Faucon. Samuel Theis is preparing his second feature, Petite nature, with shooting starting in the summer of 2019.