Following two drama schools and film studies – Cinésup in Nantes, followed by Paris VIII University in Saint-Denis – Lucie Borleteau has been working in different branches of the cinema: production, collaboration on the writing of the screenplay for White Material by Claire Denis, assistant director for Lou Ye and Arnaud Desplechin, film and sometimes theatre actress. She made three medium-length films before Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice (Fidelio: Alice’s Journey) her first full-length film released in 2014. She then made 6 episodes of the series, Cannabis, broadcast in 2016 on the Arte channel. She is at present working on the editing of her second film, an adaptation of the novel Chanson douce (Lullaby) by Leïla Slimani.
Shlomi Elkabetz is a filmmaker and screenwriter born in Israel in 1972. After 7 years spent in New York, including study at drama school, he came back to Israel where he now lives and where he codirected, with his sister Ronit Elkabetz, a trilogy inspired from their family history. The films were a great success with the public and critics. For To Take A Wife, the first part, released in 2004, Shlomi Elkabetz and his sister won the Audience Award and the Isvema Prize at the Venice Film Festival, together with the Critics Award at the Hamburg Film Festival. The second part, Seven Day, was awarded the prize for the best Israeli film at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. Finally, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem was nominated in the category of Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, and enabled the couple to win the prestigious best director award at the Ophir cinema awards, in Israel.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun fled Tchad in 1980 because of civil war. He studied cinema in Paris at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and trained as a journalist at the Bordeaux IUT (Technical Institute). In 1991, he made his first short film, Tan Koul, but he became known with his second film, Maral Tanié, made in 1994. Five years later, he penetrate the universe of full-length filmmakers, Bye bye Africa for which he won the award for the Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival, treats, in the form of a chronicle, between fiction and documentary, the subject of the disappearance of the cinema in his country. His following two films, Abouna in 2003 and Daratt three years later, have established him permanently among the greats of auteur cinema. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was Tchadian Minister for Tourist Development of Culture and Arts and Crafts in 2017. A Screaming Man (2010) and Grigris (2013) earned him an international reputation. His latest film A Season in France was released in 2017.
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, writer, producer, editor and actor known for his work in Hindi Cinema and has several accolades including a National Award and 4 Filmare Awards. For his contribution to the cinema, the Government of France awarded him the Order des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013. Apart from filmmaking, Anurag Kashyap serves as a member of board of the Mumbai based NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. He is the founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films and Phantom Films, in partnership with the directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena. Among the more than 100 films he has produced or written, he has made about 20, not least the diptych Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012, and he has just finished the series Le Seigneur de Bombay (Sacred Games), produced by Netflix.
Noémie Lvovsky is a French filmmaker, screenwriter and actress. She was born in 1964, and following film studies, she made two very noteworthy short films with Emmanuelle Devos, who was making her debut as an actrice. She then worked together with Arnaud Desplechin on his first two films. At the beginning of the 1990s, she made her first full-length film, Oublie-moi (Forget Me), with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi. She then directed great actors such as Nathalie Baye, Jean-Pierre Bacri and Jean-Pierre Marielle. Her films, such as Sentiments (Feelings) or Faut que ça danse! (Let’s Dance!) have been critical successes. In the early years after 2000, she also crossed over to the other side of the camera to act in comedies such as Les Beaux gosses (The French Kissers) or Bus Palladium. She then directed herself in a more dramatic style with Les Mains libres (Free Hands) and Présumé coupable (Guilty) in the 2010s. Thanks to her numerous facettes, Noémie Lvosky has been nominated once for César Awards as Best Actress, once as Best Director and six times as Best Actress in a supporting role. In 2012, her film Camille Rewinds becomes a huge box-office hit.