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Director, actor, musician, writer / France

As a child, Melvil Poupaud met Raoul Ruiz who gave him his first role in La Ville des pirates (City of Pirates). He worked with him again on several films, including L’Île au trésor (Treasure island), Combat d’amour en songe (Love Torn in a Dream), Généalogies d’un crime (Genealogies of a Crime) and Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon). In 1990, he was nominated for a Most Promising Actor César for La Fille de 15 ans (The 15 Year Old Girl) by Jacques Doillon then in 1994 with Les Gens normaux n’ont rien d’exceptionnel (Normal People are Nothing Exceptional) by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa. He played the lead role in Conte d’été (A Summer’s Tale) by Eric Rohmer before Le Journal d’un séducteur (Diary of a Seducer) by Danielle Dubroux, Le Ciel est à nous (Shooting Stars) and Les Kidnappeurs by Graham Guit, Shimkent Hotel by Charles de Meaux, Les Sentiments by Noémie Lvovsky and The Divorce by James Ivory. Alongside film, with his brother Yarol Poupaud and Hopi Lebel he created the group Mud in 1995, and released the solo album Un simple appareil. A few years later a new group was created with his brothers Yarol and César called Black Minou. In 2005, he was in Le Temps qui reste (Time to Leave) by François Ozon, with whom he went on to make Le Refuge (Hideaway), Grâce à Dieu (By the Grace of God) (nomination for a Best Supporting Actor César) and more recently Été 85 (Summer of 85). In 2011, he published Melvil Poupaud, quel est Mon noM ? at Stock, and in 2017 Voyage à Film City, published by Fayard. Melvil Poupaud gave an international dimension to his career filming with Zoe Cassavetes in Broken English, Danielle Arbid in Un homme perdu, Xavier Dolan in Lawrence Anyways, Kamen Kalev in Tête baissée (Face Down), Angelina Jolie in Vue sur mer (By the Sea), and continued working in France for Arnaud Desplechin in Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale), Jacques Richard in L’Orpheline avec en plus un bras en moins (The Orphan Girl Without an Arm), Gilles Marchand in L’Autre Monde (Black Heaven), Lucie Borleteauin Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice (Fidelio, Alice’s Journey), Philippe Ramos in Fou d’amour (Mad Love), Nicolas Pariser in Le Grand Jeu, Justine Triet in Victoria (In Bed with Victoria), (nomination for a Best Supporting Actor César), Charles de Meaux in Le Portrait interdit (The Lady in the Portrait), Sophie Fillières in La Belle et la Belle (When Margaux Meets Margaux) and Eva Ionesco in Une jeunesse dorée. He has directed a number of short films, including Boulevard Mac Donald, presented at Premiers Plans in 1995 and a feature, Melvil in 2006. This year he will be starring in season 2 of OVNI(s) by Antony Cordier and Carine Tardieux’s new film Les Jeunes Amants (The Young Lovers) with Fanny Ardant.

FANNY BURDINO • Scriptwriter / France

A graduate of Sciences Po, with a master’s in cultural history and another in cultural projects, Fanny Burdino joined the scriptwriting workshop of La Fémis in 2006. Today she is a screenwriter for the cinema, and has co-written, among other films, L’Économie du couple (After Love) (selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in 2016) and Continuer (Keep Going) by Joachim Lafosse, La Prière (The Prayer) (Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin in 2018) and Fête de famille (Happy Birthday) by Cédric Kahn, Arthur Rambo by Laurent Cantet, with Samuel Doux, for whom she co-wrote his first feature, Dune Dreams. She has just finished writing Anti-Squat by Nicolas Silhol and worked on the screenplay of Goutte d’or, Clément Cogitore’s next film. She has also lectured at the university on screenwriting, and in 2017 gained a Doctorate on the visible and the invisible in the work of Ingmar Bergman.


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MANELE LABIDI • Director, scriptwriter / France - Tunisia

Before becoming a filmmaker, Manele Labidi spent several years on the trading floor of a big international bank. She wrote for the theatre and radio before making her first short film, Une chambre à moi, a comic variation on the work of Virginia Woolf, produced by Jean Christophe Reymond. She started her first feature as part of the screenwriting workshop at La Fémis. In February 2020, Un divan à Tunis (Arab Blues) was released, with Golshifteh Farahani, her first feature, also produced by Jean Christophe Reymond, distributed in more than 40 countries, nominated for the César for Best First Film and winner of the Audience Award at the Giornate degli Autori at the Venice Festival. She is currently preparing her second feature.

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DAPHNÉ PATAKIA • Actress / Belgium - Greece

Born in Brussels, Daphné Patakia grew up in Belgium before moving to Athens to study drama. She graduated from the Greek National Theatre in 2013, and took her first steps in several films, including L’Éveil du printemps (Spring Awakening) by Constantínos Giánnaris. She won a Shooting Star award at Berlin in 2016. The following years, she played the lead role in Tony Gatlif’s Djam (Journey from Greece), presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018, she worked with Yórgos Lánthimos in the short film Nimic with Matt Dillon, and then the following year in the adaptation of Tanguy Viel’s novel, Paris-Brest with Antony Bajon. A year later, she was in Meltem by Basile Doganis, before trying her hand in a TV series, with OVNI(s), alongside Melvil Poupaud and broadcast on Canal+. In 2021, Daphné Patakia was again in competition in Cannes with Benedetta by Paul Verhoeven alongside Virginie Efira and Lambert Wilson. This year she will be appearing in season 2 of OVNI(s) directed by Antony Cordier, and on the big screen in Léa Mysius’s Les Cinq Diables with Adèle Exarchopoulos 


ANTOINE BARRAUD • Director, producer, sciptwriter / France

Antoine Barraud made his first short film Monstre in 2004, followed in 2005 by Déluge and Monstre, numéro deux in 2007, all of which were presented in French and international festivals, including Premiers Plans. There then came experimental portraits of filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Shuji Terayama and Koji Wakamatsu. He co-directed the short film Son of a Gun in 2011 with Claire Doyon, and at the same time co-produced the medium length film Madame Butterfly by Tsai Ming Liang, which screened around the world. In 2012, he produced Stephen Dwoskin’s last film, Age is…, and made his first feature, Les Gouffres (The Sinkholes) with Nathalie Boutefeu and Mathieu Amalric, presented at Premiers Plans in 2013 and produced by Les Films du Bélier. Both these films had their world premières at the Locarno Festival in 2012. In 2015 his second feature, Le Dos Rouge (Portrait of the Artist) with Bertrand Bonello, Pascal Greggory and Jeanne Balibar (presented at the Berlinale in 2015), and produced, with his production company House on Fire, L'Ornithologue (The Ornithologist), from Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues (Best Director Locarno 2016) followed by Cassandro, the Exotico! by Marie Losier (Acid 2018) in collaboration with Tamara Films. He has also written for Hélier Cisterne (De nos frères blessés (Faithful), presented at Premiers Plans this year), Manu Laskar (Le Médium), Marie Losier (Sugar Bomb). Screened in its world première at Venise-Giornate degli autori, his third feature, Madeleine Collins with Virginie Efira, was released last December.




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Director / France, Libanon

Chloé Mazlo is a French-Lebanese filmmaker. After studying graphics at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, she specialised in animation. Whether they explore autobiography (L'Amour m'anime, Deyrouth, Les Petits Cailloux), literary adaptation (Conte de fées à l'usage des moyennes personnes based on Boris Vian) or her family history (Diamenteurs), her films stand out through their highly allegorical pictural language. Between a crisis of ideals and shattered hopes, they describe to varying degrees the trials and tribulations of characters in the process of disillusionment. They are all pretexts to take a gentle and self-mocking look at the myths of love, the ideal family, absolute happiness or the perfect identity. Her short films have been selected for several French and international festivals, winning awards on many occasions. Deyrouth was screened at the Festival Premiers Plans in 2011. Her third short, Les Petits Cailloux, won the 2015 Animated Short César. In 2020 she made her first feature, Sous le ciel d'Alice (Skies of Lebanon), with Alba Rohrwarcher and Wajdi Mouawad, selected for Critics’ Week in Cannes which was released in theatres in June 2021. She has continued her work in writing and graphic arts with a residency at the Cité internationale des Arts.

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AUDREY ISMAËL • Mucisian, writer, composer, scriptwriter / France

Originally from Reunion Island, Audrey Ismaël gets part of her inspiration from the polyrhythm of her island and composes furiously intimate melodies, mastering both the organic and the electronic. In 2011, she created the group Smoking Smoking with Vanessa Filho, whose first album, It’s All About Love came out in 2014 at Universal. Their collaboration laid down the foundations of her career as a composer for pictures. She has worked with Olivier Coursier (AaRON) on the soundtrack of Vanessa Filho’s first feature, Gueule d’ange (Angel Face) (2018), with Marion Cotillard, selected for Un Certain Regard. This passion for drama continued and was expressed when she wrote a screenplay herself, collaborating with Julien Colonna, finalist of the Sopadin prize in 2017, on the film Équinoxes. In 2019, she won the award for Best Music at the La Rochelle Festival in collaboration with Bastien Burger for the third season of the series Les Grands (Grown Ups) directed by Vianney Lebasque. In 2020, she was invited to create the soundtrack of the immersive exhibition Japon, un autre regard by Pierre Goismier for the Grande Halle de la Villette. More recently she has composed the music for the France Télévisions series Germinal, directed by David Hourrègue. 

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MAXIME ROY • Director, scriptwriter, actor / France

Maxime Roy made his first short, Beautiful Loser, in 2018, with François and Roméo Créton, Romane Bohringer and Youssef Hajdi. The film won awards at Clermont-Ferrand, Premiers Plans, Alès, Aubagne, Namur, before being nominated for a César. In the same year he made the short Sole mio, with Gall Gaspard and Marie Desgranges, followed by Des gens bien, where he acts alongside Clara Ponsot and Anna Galiena. His 3 shorts, all produced by TS productions, were screened in festivals around the world and broadcast on ARTE. Les Héroïques is his first feature. The continuation of Beautiful Loser, it again stars François Créton, this time with Richard Bohringer, Ariane Ascaride, Clotilde Courau, and Patrick D'Assumçao. The film was in the official selection in Cannes in the special screenings in 2021, and was released in theatres last October.




Director / France

Anaïs Volpé is a self-taught screenwriter, director, and editor. After several years in the theatre as an actress, she started directing, working on several films, from writing to editing. In 2016, she wrote, directed, edited and produced the cross-media project Heis (Chroniques), made up of a feature film, a series and an artistic installation. The project was exhibited in several places and selected for several international film festivals (IFFR-Rotterdam, Premiers Plans, FIFIB...) winning awards, among others, at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, making it eligible for the Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to co-direct the documentary series Dans la jungle, avec un petit couteau à beurre… supported by the CNC, which questions the concept of qualifications and the way the school system works in France. Her first feature, Entre les vagues (The Braves), with avec Angélique Kidjo and Déborah Lukumuena was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in 2021, and is being released in theatres this year. The film’s screenplay was read at Premiers Plans in 2020 and won the Audience Award.


ESTELLE ROBIN-YOU • Producer / France

After her early years as a directing and production assistant on both short and feature films in Dublin and then Paris, Estelle Robin-You discovered documentary film production in Nantes in 2005 and has never left it. It was love at first site, with stories filled with meaning, commitment, formal research, and always keeping the human at the centre. Estelle is a partner at Point du Jour - Les films du Balibari, where she produces film by both confirmed or novice, but always persistent, auteurs, for television and cinema, in France and abroad. These include the recent Le Dernier Refuge (The Last Shelter) by Malian director Ousmane Samassékou, coproduced with ARTE, winner of several awards from festivals including the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, and with more than 50 festival selections, and A Thousand Fires by the Anglo-Palestinien Saeed Taji Farouky, which won an award at Locarno (Marco Zucchi Award, Critics’ Week). She is a regular tutor for programmes such as Eurodoc, Produire au Sud Agadir, or EAVE Change. With her partner Clara Vuillermoz (present this year at Premiers Plans with the film This Train I Ride) she won the 2019 Procirep Producer Award.

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VIRGIL VERNIER • Director, actor / France

Virgil Vernier has been making films since 2001, but it was in 2009 that he really came to attention with his film Thermidor selected in the Directors’ Fortnight. The following year he returned to Cannes for his film Pandore, this time in the Acid selection. This film was nominated in the Best Short Film category for the 2012 Césars. His medium-length film Orléans was screened at Premiers Plans in 2013, and the following year saw the release of his first feature Mercuriales. This film was also selected in Cannes (Acid 2014). In 2018, Sophia Antipolis had its première at the Locarno Festival, before being screened in Berlin. In 2021, Sapphire Crystal received the Grand Prix of the Coté Court Festival and was selected of the Best Short Film César for 2021.