Film and theater director, cinematographer, screenwriter.He graduated from the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb). Selected filmography includes Kalyi – Age of Darkness (1993); Fate (1994), Frost (1997/1998), Nightfall (1999), Fallen (2005), Sarajevo Songs of Woe (2016). He has worked as cinematographer for Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, 2013), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, 1995, The Man from London, 2007, The Turin Horse, 2011), Rudolf Thome "The Visible and the Invisible, 2006), and others. He has taught at the Moscow School of New Cinema, German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb), and Béla Tarr's film.factory in Sarajevo. He has won four FIPRESCI awards from the International Federation of Film Press.
Theater and screen actress. She graduated from VGIK's acting department (Iosif Raichelgauz's workshop). Olga's filmography runs to over fifty projects, including Waiting Room (Zal ozhidaniya), Contract with Death (Kontrakt so smertyu), Cinema about Cinema, Leningrad, Nirvana, Pro Lyuboff, The Bomb, Son, Trotsky, Snow and Ashes, Gold Diggers, Bender, The Last Minister. She has won the Association of Russian Film and Television Producers Award (2008), the Guiseppe Sciacca International Award for theater and film actors, the Triumph Youth Award (2009).
Born in Moscow in 1972, she has lived in Italy since 1997. Alyona graduated from the University of Urbino and worked at the Cineteca di Bologna. Since 2002 she has been working as a programmer, selecting films from East Europe and the former USSR for various festivals (Alpe Adria Cinema in Trieste, Venice Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Beijing and Pingyao festivals) and curating retrospectives in Italy and abroad. As a translator, Alyona has collaborated with theater festivals and groups; she was awarded for translating Ivan Vyrypaev's Oxygen as well as by the Yeltsin Foundation for translating Alexander Sokurov's book, In the Middle of the Ocean. She currently selects films for the Directors Fortnight, the Cannes Film Festival's sidebar.
Film director. After graduating from VGIK she has made over sixty documentaries and five fiction films (co-directed by Slava Chaplin). She has lived and worked in Israel since 1976, directing for Israeli and European television. She has won two Ophir Awards from the Israeli Film Academy. Her latest work includes Underground Ballet (2019, Best Documentary Award at the 35th Haifa IFF), Eighty and Counting (2017), Voices from the Booth (2014), Weeping Susannah (2012), In the Prime of Her Life (2010). She has participated at film festivals in Moscow, Paris, Geneve, Warsaw, and Rome.
Juho Kuosmanen (b. 1979, Kokkola) is film, theatre and opera director. His short films have been shown in many prestigious film festivals, including Cannes and Locarno. Kuosmanen's debut feature The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki premiered in Cannes 2016 and received the main prize in Un Certain Regard. Kuosmanen is also a co-founder and artistic director of Kokkolan Kinojuhlat, a film festival focusing on classics and modern gems.
Petar Valchanov received his degree in film and television from the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, while Kristina Grozeva studied journalism at the University of Sofia. Their feature debut The Lesson made it to the final three nominees for the Lux Award, bestowed by the European Parliament, while their sophomore feature Glory earned multiple awards in film festivals around the globe. The Father, the third installment in the Bulgarian duo's filmography, won the Crystal Globe, the most prestigious distinction awarded by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.