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Nana Djordjadze (Georgia)
Nana Djordjadze (Georgia)
From 1968 to 1973 Djordjadze studied architecture at Art Academy of Tbilisi (Georgia). Designed and realized six buildings. From 1974 to 1980 she studied film at Cinema and Theatre School (Tbilisi). 1979 – 2000 - worked as an actress in films. From 1985 to 1998 she taught in Kino Institutes of Tbilisi, Moscow, Berlin. 1999 –2000 - Djordjadze organized Master Classes at Los Angeles Film Institute. 2000 –2002 - she worked as a tutor at Kino Institute, Hamburg, Germany. She has been in the list of jury members in many festivals like Karlovy Vary, Cannes and others. She shot many feature films including Atlant (1979) for which she received Grand Prix at FF of experimental films (Tallinn, Estonia 1979) and Jury Award at FF of the first film (Tbilisi, Georgia 1980). Trip to Sopot (1980) was banned for political reasons. However, it was first shown in 1987 and received Grand Prix at FF in Oberhausen and Ecumenical Film Prize for Humanism. Robinsonade, or My English Grandpa (1986) won Camera d´or at Cannes FF (1987); Grand Prix at Sverdlovsk FF (USSR 1987); Jury Prize (Tokyo/Japan, 1988) and Nike Award Best Director (1988). Her films include A Chef in Love (1996), which won awards at Cannes, also at Karlovy Vary and Latvia; Best Screenplay in Anapa, Russia; Oscar nomination in 1997, 27 Missing Kisses (2000), The Rainbow Maker (2008), also documentaries Erosi (1984), Poet Rovachidze (1990), Chateau La Napoule (1992), A little about Georgia (1993). Djordjadze has been a Member of European Film Academy since 1994 and a Member of Directors Guild of America since 1996.
Paco Poch (Spain)
Paco Poch (Spain)
Born in 1951, Barcelona.He started working as a photographer of cultural events and as a production manager. Has produced several TV movies and miniseries, short films, feature films and documentaries, like The Legend of Time, Cravan vs Cravan by Isaki Lacuesta, Innis free by José Luís Guerin, Gaudi by Manuel Huerga, and co-produced Durruti by Jean Louis Commolli. He has won many awards at different film festivals of the world. In Barcelona in 1991 he received the National Cinematography Award. He has also worked as cultural manager in different areas. At present he teaches production at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, is a film and TV producer, and writer, Cultural manager and consultant For Serra d’Or Magazine.
Kohei Oguri (Japan)
Kohei Oguri (Japan)
He is one of the outstanding figures of cinema in Japan. Was born in1945 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Following graduation from the Waseda Univbersity drama Department, worked as a freelance assistant director with such directors as Shinoda Mashahiro and Urayama Hisao. Each of his films have won international recognition. His first, Muddy River, was released in 1981 and won a number of Japanese and foreign awards, including the Silver Award at the Moscow FF. For Kayako, won the Georges Sadoul Prize in France in 1984. And the Sting of Death was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes festival in1990.
Arsinée Khanjian (Canada)
Arsinée Khanjian (Canada)
Arsinée Khanjian was born 1958 in Beirut, Lebanon, to Armenian parents. The family fled their unstable country and headed to Montreal in 1975, where Khanjian studied at Concordia University and received an undergraduate degree in Spanish and French. She continued with a Master's degree in political science at the University of Montreal before meeting her husband-to-be, Toronto-based director Atom Egoyan, and transferring to the University of Toronto. She acted in several stage productions in Toronto such as Brother Andre's Heart and Wedding at the Cro-Magnon's before Egoyan convinced her to star in his first film, Next of Kin (1984). In 1984 she gave up her full-time job with the Ontario Arts Council to pursue acting seriously. Khanjian has since appeared in most of Egoyan's films. Examples include Family Viewing (1987), Speaking Parts (1989), The Adjuster (1991), Calendar (1993), Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia's Journey (1999), Ararat (2002) (for which she received a Genie award for Best Actress), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and Adoration (2009). Other film credits include Sabah (2005), Don McKellar's widely acclaimed Last Night (1998) and The Lark Farm (2007). Television appearances include Side Effects, Foolish Heart and Made inCanada. Khanjian's husband credits her for inspiring him to further explore his Armenian roots. The pair lives in Toronto with their son, Arshile.
Eric Bogosian (USA)
Eric Bogosian (USA)
Eric Bogosian is best known for writing and starring in theplay and the film adaptation of that play, Talk Radio (1987). For this work he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist andreceived the Berlin FF Silver Bear Award.He is also well known for his six solo performances Off-Broadway (Men Inside, Fun House, Drinking in America,Sex,Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor WithMy Forehead, Wake up and Smell the Coffee) between 1980and 2000, for which he received three Obie awards. In addition to Talk Radio which was revived on Broadway in2007, Bogosian has written a number of full-length playsincluding subUrbia, Griller, Red Angel, Humpty Dumpty.He is the author of three novels, Mall, Wasted Beauty and the recently published Perforated Heart in addition to a novella, Notes from Underground.As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films andtelevision programs, starring in Robert Altman’s The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Atom Egoyan’s Ararat, Under SiegeII and Wonderland. Most recently he was seen as Alan Freedin Cadillac Records with Adrian Brody and Beyonce Knowles. He currently stars in Law & Order: Criminal Intent asCaptain Danny Ross.
Albert Wiederspiel (Germany)
Albert Wiederspiel (Germany)
Born in 1960 in Warsaw, Poland. After high school graduation in Denmark, he studied Art and Cinema History at the University Paris I Sorbonne. A trainee with 20th Century Fox International in 1985, permanently employed by 20th Century Fox Germany GmbH in 1986, first as an assistant in the Marketing Department, then as Head of Publicity. In 1991 he obtained the position as Head of Marketing. Moved to Hamburg in 1995 in order to become Managing Director of CineMarketing (Deyhle-BärMedienholding). He became Head of Marketing with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment when the company opened its German branch. After the takeover by Universal, Wiederspiel became Head of Theatrical Distribution until the company was closed down in 2000. Moved to Berlin in 2000 in order to oversee the theatrical distribution of Tobis-StudioCanal. He left Tobis-StudioCanal and became Managing Director of Filmest Hamburg in 2003. Wiederspiel is a regular lecturer at the German/French Masterclass in Ludwigsburg, and a member of the European Film Academy.
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