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THE OFFICIAL JURY

FEATURE FILMS JURY

 

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JULIETTE BINOCHE • PRESIDENT OF THE FEATURE FILMS JURY - Actress / France
Juliette Binoche made her debut with Jean-Luc Godard in Je vous salue, Marie and then became known the following year in Rendez-vous by André Téchiné. She was directed by Leos Carax in Mauvais sang and Les Amants du Pont-Neuf and quickly became internationally renowned with Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Louis Malle's Fatale. She then went on to work with several international directors including Krzysztof Kieślowski (Three Colours: Blue), Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Breaking and Entering), Michael Haneke (Code inconnu, Caché), John Boorman (In My Country), Abel Ferrara (Mary), Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Le Voyage du ballon rouge), Amos Gitaï (Disengagement), Abbas Kiarostami (Copie conforme), David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis), Naomi Kawase (Vision) and with French directors such as Jacques Doillon (La Vie de famille), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Le Hussard sur le toit), Diane Kurys (Les Enfants du siècle), Patrice Leconte (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre), Cédric Klapisch (Paris), Olivier Assayas (L'Heure d'été, Sils Maria, Doubles vies), Bruno Dumont (Camille Claudel 1915, Ma Loute), Claire Denis (Un beau soleil intérieur, High Life), Safy Nebbou (Celle que vous croyez). Juliette Binoche has also ventured into other artistic disciplines such as dance, with choreographer Akram Khan for In-I, and painting with her exhibition Portraits In-Eyes. Her work has regularly been recognised with awards, including an Oscar and a César, and acting awards at the world's leading festivals. Currently featuring in Hirokazu Kore-eda's La Vérité, Juliette Binoche will be appearing later in the year in Martin Provost's La Bonne Épouse and Emmanuel Carrère's Le Quai de Ouistreham.

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SOPHIE HUNGER • Author, composer, performer / Switzerland
Born in Switzerland, Sophie Hunger became a singer for the electro collective Superterz at the age of 19, and then, between 2004 and 2007, leader of the group Fisher. His first solo album Sketches on Sea (2006) revealed an intense and restrained style. Her next album Monday's Ghost (2008) reached the top of the Swiss charts and brought her attention from around Europe. In 2010, she became the first Swiss artist to perform at Glastonbury, where she won her first English fans. With her following albums 1983 (2010), The Danger of Light (2012) and Supermoon (2015), Sophie Hunger expanded her style, opting for very cinematic blues ballads. More recently, singer-songwriter Steven Wilson invited her to sing Song of I as a duo on her latest album, reaching third place in the English charts. In 2016, her career took a new turn with her first soundtrack for the film Ma vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette), winning numerous awards and a nomination for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Her contribution earned her a Lumières Award and César nomination. Since then, she has been called on to work at the artist Gregory Colbert’s nomadic museum and writes fiction articles in the German newspapers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit. In 2018, she released her new album Molécules, which she described as “minimalist electro-folk”.
 

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SARAH SUCO • Actress, director, screenwriter / France
Sarah Suco debuted as an actress in the short film Les Figures by Louis-Julien Petit, who she later worked with again for Discount, Carole Matthieu and Les Invisibles. She also appeared in Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison, Arnaud des Pallières’ Orpheline, Blandine Lenoir’s Aurore, Alex Lutz’s Guy, Agnès Jaoui’s Place publique and Julien Hallard’s Comme des garçons. At the same time, she wrote plays and directed her first short film Nos enfants, which won prizes in several festivals. For her first feature film, Les Éblouis, Sarah Suco used her own story of her childhood in a charismatic community, to tell the story of how sects can tear apart a family. Released last November, the film was extremely well received by audiences. It was screened at the Angoulême Festival, received the Célestine Prize for Best Film at the Bienne Festival, the Alice Nella Città Prize for Best Film at the Rome Festival and the Audience Award at the Sarlat Festival. Les Éblouis also won the Barrière Foundation’s 2019 Cinema Award and its actress Céleste Brunnquell is nominated for Most Promising Actress at the next Prix Lumières for. Sarah Suco will be in Olivier Van Hoofstadt’s Lucky later this year, and will appear alongside Sara Giraudeau and Pierre Deladonchamps in Muriel Magellan’s debut film, La Page blanche.
 

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LUKAS DHONT • Director, screenwriter / Belgium
Lukas Dhont graduated from the KASK School of Arts Gent. His short films, Corps perdu and L’Infini, were selected for, and won awards in, several festivals, including the Gent International Film Festival and the Louvain International Short Film Festival. L’Infini was selected for the 2015 Oscars. During his studies, he also explored the possibilities of documentaries with the short film Skin of Glass, programmed in Your Film Festival in Venice in 2012. Alongside this, he made several music videos in which he showed his cinematographic style and his strong interest in themes relating to youth, dance, transformation and identity.  He has regularly worked with choreographer and dancer Jan Martens, which whom he created the performance piece The Common People. Lukas Dhont developed his first feature project Girl at the Ateliers d’Angers in 2016 and then in a Cinéfondation Residency. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, the film won several awards including the Caméra d’Or, the Queer Palm and the best actor award in Un Certain Regard Released in Octobre 2018, the film had a successful international career, winning several awards and a nomination for the Césars and for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes.
 

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FRANCO LOLLI • Director, Screenwriter / Colombia
Born in Colombia, Franco Lolli studied cinema in France, in the directing department of La Fémis, graduating brilliantly in 2007. His graduation film, Como todo el mundo, shot in his native country, was selected in more than sixty international festivals and won twenty-six awards, including the Grand Prix du Jury at Premiers Plans and Clermont-Ferrand. His second short film, Rodri, was selected for the Directors' Fortnight in 2012, then for Premiers Plans and won again in Clermont-Ferrand. Written at the Résidence de la Cinéfondation, the screenplay for his first feature, Gente de bien, was read at Premiers Plans in 2013, where the film returned in competition a year later. Gente de bien had its world premiere in competition at the Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and then travelled the world, winning several awards, including prizes in San Sebastián, Lima and Havana. Shot in Bogota, his new feature film Litigante, co-written with Marie Amachoukeli and Virginie Legeay, opened the latest edition of Critics' Week in Cannes and won, among others, the Best Film Award at the Chicago Film Festival. It will be released in theatres in France on February 19.
 
   

SHORT FILMS JURY

 
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CLAUDE BARRAS • PRESIDENT OF THE SHORT FILMS JURY - Director, screenwriter / Switzerland

After graduating in illustration from the Ecole Emile Cohl and studying anthropology at the Lumière University in Lyon, Claude Barras returned to Switzerland to specialise in computer graphics at Ecal (école cantonale d’art de Lausanne). He has directed several short films, including Banquise (Ice Flow), presented at Premiers Plans in 2007 and at the Cannes Film Festival, and Le Génie de la boîte de raviolis, which has won awards at numerous festivals around the world. In 2013, he began directing his first feature film Ma vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette), adapted from the novel Autobiography of a Courgette by Gilles Paris. Co-written by Céline Sciamma, the film was selected for the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes in 2016 and was a major public success when it was released. Ma Vie de Courgette has been screened in about sixty countries including Russia, China and Japan. Nominated for the Golden Globes and the Oscars, Claude Barras has won numerous awards, including two Césars for best animated film and best adaptation, two Cristals at Annecy and a European Film Award. He is currently developing two new feature film projects, while continuing his work producing short films for the collective Hélium Films in Lausanne.

 

CRISTÈLE ALVES MEIRA • Director, screenwriter / France-Portugal
An actress by training, Cristèle Alves Meira has been directing plays since the age of 20 (Les Nègres, Splendid's by Genet, Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks at the Athénée Theatre-Louis-Jouvet). She directed her first documentary in Cape Verde, Som & Morabeza, where she raised the question of immigration in Portuguese-speaking Africa, through the theme of music, and then, through the prism of Angolan youth to deal with its social realities with Born in Luanda. Her first short fiction film, Sol branco, was selected in several international festivals including Premiers Plans in 2015. Her second short film, Campo de Víboras, was selected at Critics’ Week and Premiers Plans in 2017. Both were shot in Portugal. Cristèle Alves Meira was a resident at the Ateliers d'Angers with the project for her first feature film, Bruxa, developed at La Fémis. Her new short film, Invisível Herói, had a special screening at the last edition of critics’ Week in Cannes, and will be presented this year at Premiers Plans.

 

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NINA MEURISSE • Actress / France
Nina Meurisse made her film debut alongside Isabelle Huppert in Patricia Mazuy’s Saint Cyr (The King’s Daughters). She then met the Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud with whom she shot her first short film L'Escalier and then the feature film Complices with Emmanuelle Devos. She followed with Mains armées (Armed Hands) by Pierre Jolivet, Avanti by Emmanuelle Antille, Crawl by Hervé Lasgouttes, Lulu, femme nue and Une vie aquatique (The Aquatic Effect) by Sólveig Anspach, Vincent n'a pas d'écailles (Vincent) by Thomas Salvador, Africaine by Stéphanie Girerd, Je suis un soldat (I Am a Soldier) by Laurent Larivière, Une vie (A Woman’s Life) by Stéphane Brizé. She has worked twice with Agnès Jaoui, in Au bout du conte (Under the rainbow) and Place publique. Nina Meurisse continues to act in short films, including La Jeunesse des loups-garous (Monsters Turn into Lovers) by Yann Delattre, presented at Premiers Plans and for which she won the best actress award. Last October, Nina Meurisse appeared as the French photo-reporter Camille Lepage in Boris Lojkine's film Camille. The film, presented in Angoulême in particular, won best actress for Nina Meurisse and also a nomination most promising actress at the next Lumières du cinéma.
 
   

DIAGONALES JURY

 


MARIE-PIERRE DUHAMEL MULLER
Programmer at the Pingyao Festival (China) / France

After studying Chinese language and civilisation, Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller was in charge of the distributing documentaries in French public video libraries and then joined the Centre National de la Cinématographie and the Documentary Uni of La Sept/Arte. She then headed up the documentary productions of Pathé Télévision and was an independent producer, documentary writer, programmer and translator. She has also been a long-time correspondent for French cinema and has worked on retrospectives for the Locarno Festival, been member of the Selection Committee of the Venice Film Festival and artistic director of the Cinéma du Réel festival at the Pompidou Centre. Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller is a lecturer at several European universities and has been a programmer for the Pingyao International Festival in China, founded by filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, since 2017.

 


SANAM GHARAGOZLOU
Director of marketing at MUBI / France

Sanam Gharagozlou is Director of International Marketing at MUBI, the cinema platform which carefully chooses a film a day which remains available on its site for 30 days. At MUBI she has been in charge of distributing films, press contacts and partnerships, in particular with cultural institutions, notably the Royal Academy, the Serpentine Gallery and the Prada Foundation. In 2018, Sanam Gharagozlou produced her first short film for the Venice Architecture Biennial, Trees Down Here, by Ben Rivers, selected for the festivals of Toronto, London, Mar del Plata and New York.

 


MIGUEL DIAS
Director and programmer at the festival Curtas Vila do Conde / Portugal

Miguel Dias is co-founder, director and programmer of the Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival. Created in 1993, the festival includes film, retrospectives, video installations and cine-concerts. A programmer for Short Film Day in Portugal, he is also director of the Portuguese short film agency for the promotion and international distribution of Portuguese short films. He was producer and programmer in the film, audiovisual and multimedia department of “Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture” and the “Odisseia Nas Imagens” festival. Miguel Dias also organises retrospectives and film events in Portugal and around the world, especially for and contemporary Portuguese short films and features.