Born in Yarmouk, Siria, in 1989. He studied sociology at the University of Damascus. Before the revolution, he worked for the UN as coordinator of activities and volunteers and created the humanitarian aid association Wataad, with several friends, which carried out dozens of projects in several regions of Syria. Al-Khatib currently lives in Germany, where he was granted refugee status. Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege is his feature film debut.
He graduated in history from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) and has a degree in cinema from the USP. Mendes has extensive experience in curation and history areas, with an emphasis on film history and audiovisual heritage. He was a researcher at Cinemateca Brasileira, where he made curatorship, editing and restoration work. Directed the short film Eu Posso Ir and was responsible for organizing the book Ruy Guerra - Arte e Revolução. At the 44th Mostra, he taught, alongside Ruy Guerra, the online course "The Work of Ruy Guerra".
Born in 1984. She graduated in applied social science and at the Polish National Film School, in Lodz. Her graduation short film, Fragments (2014), was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. Silent Land is her first feature film.
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a drummer, DJ, filmmaker, producer and member of The Roots. He is musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. A four-time Grammy winner, Questlove has also released four books, including Mixtape Potluck. He co-produced the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton. He made his directorial debut with the feature documentary Summer of Soul.
Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1982, and grew up in Extremadura. She graduated with a PhD in audiovisual media from the Complutense University of Madrid. Also, she has a degree in audiovisual communication and a diploma in film direction and TV production. Mighty Flash is her first feature film.
Born in Punjab, India, in 1977. Self-taught filmmaker and screenwriter, he has worked as an assistant director in Patang (2011), an Indian film presented at Berlinale. His short movie Rammat-Gammat (2018) received a special mention at the Oberhausen Film Festival. Fire in the Mountains is his first feature film.
Writer, director and producer, Alana is part of the first generation descendant of Holocaust survivors from Poland. She studied television and film production at the University of Southern California and theater and English at the Connecticut College. Co-directed, alongside with nine college colleagues, the feature film Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha (2015), with the guidance of actor and director James Franco. She wrote and directed some short movies and music videos. We Burn Like This is her solo debut in feature films direction.
Born in Catanzaro, Italy, in 1983. He is a director and screenwriter, doctor of science in history, science and techniques of performing arts from the the University of Tor Vergata. He made short films like Pena. Esclusione di Vita (2008), Margerita (2013) and Bismillah (2018). Regina is his first feature film.
Italian-American directors born in 1986. They studied film in New York and started a partnership with the short movie Belva Nera (2013). The documentary Il Solengo (2015, 40a Mostra), directed by the two, was awarded and presented at film festivals like Doclisboa, Torino and Rotterdam. The Tale of King Crab is their second feature film.
Maltese-American filmmaker Alex Camilleri worked as editor in films such as Keep the Change (2017), winner of Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, and as assistant editor in At Any Price (2012), 99 Homes (2014) and Fahrenheit 451 (2018), by Ramin Bahrani. Luzzu is his first feature film.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1973. He moved to London to pursue a master’s in film at Central Saint Martins and study direction at the National Film and Television School. Carvalho worked for BBC, New York Times, HBO and Netflix. He made, among others, the short films Caixa de Sapato (2008) and Fallout (2013). Salamander is his first feature film.
Director and writer, he developed two award-winning YouTube channels focused on sex and drug education. After studying molecular toxicology at New York University, he produced video, radio, and print content. A Sexplanation is his first feature film.
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started his career in 2012. Directed over a hundred music videos and commercials. Founder of the video production studio Human Creative Productions. His filmography includes short film Suburb (2013) and feature Hunters (2016). Molodi is his second feature film.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1984. He studied micro economics and film, before relocating to Germany to take a degree in directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Koberidze made shorts and documentary films, and Let the Summer Never Come Again (2017), his first feature film, won the Grand Prix at the FIDMarseille. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is his second feature.
Born in 1988, he is the son of a Brazilian mother and an American father. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and worked as the assistant to filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. He directed some short movies, such as The Other Side (2010), Signal (2011), The Parting (2012) and The Person You Love (2015). Socrates (2018), his first feature film, received a Special Mention of the Jury at the 42nd Mostra and was awarded at Independent Spirit Award. 7 Prisoners is his second feature film.
Born in 1976 in Moscow, Russia. He studied at the Russia Film School (VGIK) and made his feature film debut with The Last Train (2003). He also directed Garpastum (2005), Paper Soldier (2008), winner of the Silver Lion for best director at the Venice Film Festival, and Under Electric Clouds (2015, 39th Mostra) and Dovlatov (2018), both awarded with the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at Berlin International Film Festival.
French-venezuelan filmmaker and biologist, he is the founder of the Imagine Science Film Festival. In 2016, he launched a science-focused streaming platform and the online magazine Labocine. In addition to several short films, he made the documentary feature film Campo Experimental (2014), the feature fiction The Fly Room (2014) and the collective film Mosaic (2017).
Egyptian director and producer. He produced and made television documentaries and, in 2015, set up Ambient Light, a production company where he focuses on topics such as refugee displacement and women’s and children’s rights. El Arabi holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the Mansoura University. Captains of Zaatari is his debut feature film.
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1966. He graduated in civil engineering and started his film career as an actor in the early 90’s. Mosaffa worked as an actor in features like Leila (1997), by Dariush Mehrjui, The Past (2013), by Asghar Farhadi, What’s the Time in Your World? (2014), by Safi Yazdanian, and Orange Days (2018), by Arash Lahooti. He directed the feature films Portrait of a Lady Faraway (2005) and The Last Step (2012), presented at the 36th Mostra.
She graduated from the University of Turin in literature and philosophy. At the age of 29, Alice directed her first film, Corpo Celeste (2011), presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. It was followed by The Wonders (2014, 38th Mostra), winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes, and Happy as Lazzaro (2018), prize for screenplay at Cannes.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1984. Graduated in acting from the University of Theatrical and Film Arts Bucharest in 2007. She worked as an actress in films like Aurora (2010, 34th Mostra), by Cristi Puiu, Best Intentions (2011) and Illegitimate (2016, 40th Mostra), both directed by Adrian Sitaru. Blue Moon is her feature film debut as a director.
The screenwriter and filmmaker Álvaro Campos has written and developed content for television. He is part of the Refinaria de Histórias center at VideoFilmes and revista piauí, developing original series under the coordination of João Moreira Salles and, since 2020, has been part of the Berlinale Talent program. He made the short film Leo & Carol (2015) and the features Altas Expectativas (2017), What`s So Funny? Humour at Dictatorship Times (2019) and Rindo à Toa - Humor sem Limites (2019).
Born in Mairi, Bahia, Brazil, in 1979. He is a screenwriter, producer and director, who has directed shorts such as The Factory (2011), Quadrangle (2013) and Tarântula (2015). He made his debut in feature film with the documentary C(us)todians (2013). Muritiba also directed features like To My Beloved (2015), screened at the 39th Mostra, Rust (2018) and Irmãos Freitas (2019, 43rd Mostra), co-directed with Sérgio Machado. His works have been presented at festivals such as Sundance, Venice, San Sebastián, and at the Cannes Film Festival`s Critics Week. For TV and streaming platforms, he directed episodes of series such as O Hipnotizador, Carcereiros, Irmãos Freitas, Irmandade and O Caso Evandro.
He graduated in advertising, theatre and cinema. Canônico started his career in the audiovisual industry through photography and, currently, he directs advertising films. The Statement is his directorial feature film debut.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1989. She is an artist and film director based in New York City, whose practice includes performance, installation, video and net-art, with works that deal with issues of class, gender and sexuality. El Planeta is her first feature film.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975. Actress, screenwriter, producer and director of film and theater, Ana graduated from the University of Cinema, in her hometown. Among the feature films directed by her are: Musical Chairs (2002), A Stray Girlfriend (2007), The Marziano Family (2011), My Friend from the Park (2015), winner of a best screenplay award at Sundance, and Florianópolis Dream (2018, 42nd Mostra), special Jury and Critic`s prize at Karlovy Vary.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1950. She appeared as an actress in over 25 films, amongst which How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1970), by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, and The Age of the Earth (1980), by Glauber Rocha. After performing on television, Ana Maria began to direct short films, such as Assaltaram a Gramática (1984), Spray Jet (1985), Já que Ninguém Me Tira pra Dançar (1987), O Bebê (1987), Mangueira Amanhã (1992) and episode of the film Final Call (1994), and the features Lara (2002) and Reidy, Building Utopia (2009), presented at the 33rd Mostra.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1978. She has a successful career as an actor in Portugal. After she completed her Fine Arts Degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, she moved to the UK in 2010 to study film at the London Film School. Listen is her first feature film.
Born in Dartford, England, in 1961. She studied at the American Film Institute (AFI) and directed the acclaimed short films Milk (1998), Dog (2001) and Wasp (2003), which won the Academy Award for best short film and the main prize at the Oberhausen Festival. Three of her feature films won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize: Red Road (2006, 30th Mostra), Fish Tank (2009, 33rd Mostra) and American Honey (2016). She also made Wuthering Heights (2011), awarded with best photography at the Venice Film Festival.
Born in Switzerland in 1982. He studied comparative literature in Geneva and then moved to Buenos Aires. His first short movie, Cotonov Vanished (2009), won a prize at Visions du Réel. Fontana also made the short film Pedro M, 1981 (2015) and worked as a production assistant and screenwriter. Azor is his first feature film.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985, she graduated in cinema from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio). Anita made short films like Handball (2010), which won the FIPRESCI Award at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and The Living Dead (2012), presented at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Her first feature, Kill me Please (2015), was screened at the Orizzonti section at Venice International Film Festival and at the 39th Mostra. Medusa is her second feature film.
French casting director, she has worked on more than 120 films with major directors such as Olivier Assayas, Leos Carax, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Emmanuelle Bercot, Benoît Jacquot, François Ozon, Mia Hansen-Løve, Lars von Trier and Albert Dupontel. My Night is her first feature film.
Born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 1985, and lives in New York. She holds a master’s degree from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and a specialization in screenwriting and directing from the Columbia University, in New York. Her short movie Into the Blue (2017) was awarded at the Berlin and Sarajevo film festivals. Murina is her first feature film.
Studied visual communication as well as art and media at the Berlin University of Arts. She also studied cinematography in Film University in Potsdam Babelsberg, Germany, and at the ISA, in Havana, Cuba. Antonia worked as cinematographer for several films, created video installations and directed documentary shorts. She co-directed the medium-length documental Xwebûn, in 2016. The Other Side of the River is her first feature film.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1970. He studied cinema at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the most innovative and original filmmakers of the early 20th century, he directed, in addition to shorts, documentaries and installations, the feature films Mysterious Object at Noon (2000); Blissfully Yours (2002), best film at Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival; Tropical Malady (2004), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Critics Prize at the 28th Mostra; Syndromes and a Century (2006, 30th Mostra); Uncle Boonmee who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, 34th Mostra), winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes; and Cemetery of Splendor (2015).
Born in Kurdistan, Iran. He studied film directing and dramatic literature in Tehran. Amiri has worked as an editor, writer and producer, often in collaboration with Ida Panahandeh, in films like Nahid (2015), awarded at Cannes. Zalava is his first feature film as director.
Born in Paris, France, in 1981. He directed short and medium-length films screened in a large number of festivals, like La Main sur la Gueule (2007) and Peine Perdue (2013), both awarded at Clermont-Ferrand. He also made the feature Dark Inclusion (2017). Onoda, 10,000 Nights in the Jungle is his second feature film.
Born in Iran in 1972, he has a bachelor in theater from the University of Tehran’s School of Dramatic Arts and a master in stage direction from Tarbiat Modarres University. Farhadi worked in television and debuted in professional cinema by co-writing the script for Low Heights (2002). Directed several movies, including Beautiful City (2004, 28th Mostra); About Elly (2009, 33rd Mostra), winner of the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival; A Separation (2011), which won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was the first Iranian film ever to win an Oscar of foreign feature; The Past (2013); The Salesman (2016, 40th Mostra), for which he also won the Oscar of foreign film; and Everybody Knows (2018).
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1978. She studied film criticism at the Egyptian Cinema Writers and Critics Association and then film at the Art Lab of the American University in Cairo. She co-directed the documentary Tahrir 2011 (2011), which premiered at Venice. Ayten made her feature debut with Villa 69 (2013).
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1983. She moved to Paris to study cinema at Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she had her bachelor’s and also master’s. Azra has been invited to various solo and group exhibitions with contemporary art collectives in Istanbul, directed music videos and made a number of shorts like Shaman Woman (2011). Ghosts is her debut feature film.
Born in Ankara and settled in Brussels for many years, Banu Akseki studies political science at Free University of Brussels and follows a training of scriptwriter and editing at IAD - Institute of Media Arts. She worked as editor and producer, and directed the short films Thermal Baths (2010) and Montagne (2016). Banu co-directed the feature film Avant-Terme (2014).
Born in Israel in 1976. He has been directing and producing documentaries for TV and cinema since the early 2000s and founded with his brother, Tomer, the film company Heymann Brothers Films. He produced, among others, the feature Mr. Gaga (2015), presented and awarded at the 40th Mostra, and directed documentaries like Bridge Over the Wadi (2006, 31st Mostra) and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (2016), winner of the audience award of the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.
Born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1974. Graduated from the Escola de Teatro Macunaima and from Centro de Pesquisa Teatral (CPT), coordinated by the director Antunes Filho. Theater, cinema and television actress, she participated in plays such as Hell and Vênus em Visom, both directed by Hector Babenco. She also worked in the short Produto Descartável (2003), for which she was awarded best actress at Gramado Festival, and in the features Se Puder… Dirija (2013), Never Old to Meow (2014) and My Hindu Friend (2015, 39th Mostra). Bárbara directed the shorts Making of My Hindu Friend (2015, 39th Mostra) and Talk to Him (2018, 42nd Mostra). Her first feature film as a director, Babenco - Tell Me When I Die (2019, 43rd Mostra), won the award for best documentary at Venice International Film Festival.
Born in Kermanshah, Iran, in 1980. He worked as researcher and screenwriter as well as a journalist for international media outlets, before making his own films as a director. In 2016, he published his first book. His poetry has never been permitted to be published in Iran. Yadegari appeared as an actor and was also an assistant on Mohammad Rasoulof’s There is No Evil (2020, 44th Mostra). District Terminal is his first feature film.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1974. Writer, director, production designer and sound designer, he made feature films like Forest (2003) and Dealer (2004, 29th Mostra), both awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival, Milky Way (2007), winner of the Golden Leopard at the Filmmakers of the Present section at the Locarno Film Festival, Just the Wind (2012), winner of Jury Grand Prix at Berlinale, and Lily Lane (2016).
Born in Toulouse, France, in 1971. He made, among others, the short film Boro in the Box (2011), presented at the Directors` Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, the medium-length film Ultra Pulpe (2018), screened at Cannes Critics` Week, and the feature The Wild Boys (2018), presented at Venice International Film Festival.
He studied radio and TV at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. Alongside college, Marquez studied acting techniques with Beto Silveira and with the casting technique Fátima Toledo. After that, he graduated in photography from the New York Film Academy and worked in several productions in the USA, where he also shot music videos and short films, like Ernie and the Moon (2012). Maior que o Mundo is his first feature film.
She is a writer and director born in Kosovo. In 2008, Blerta was awarded with the Deans Fellowship at the film graduate program at Tisch School of the Arts, in New York, city where she lived for four years. She made short films like Mirror, Mirror... (2006) and Lena dhe Unë (2011). Hive (2021) is her debut feature film.
Born in Daegu, South Korea, in 1969. He studied at the Korean Academy of Film Arts, where made his first short movies. In 2000, he directed his first feature film, Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), but gained notoriety with Memories of Murder (2003), awarded in San Sebastián Film Festival. After that, he made The Host (2006), a segment of Tokyo! (2008, 33rd Mostra), Mother (2009, 33rd Mostra), Snowpiercer (2013) and Okja (2017).
Born in Bailleul, France, in 1958. From Dumont, the Mostra exhibited the features The Life of Jesus (1997), winner of the International Jury Prize at the 21st Mostra and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival; Humanity (1999), winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes; Flandres (2006), also a Grand Prix winner; Outside Satan (2011); Lil’ Quinquin (2014) and Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (2018). He also made Twentynine Palms (2003), Hadewijch (2009), Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), Slack Bay (2016), Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) and Jeanne (2019, 43rd Mostra).
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1971. Caco Ciocler is an actor, producer and director. Beyond his work at soap operas and television series, he has already been in the cast of some films exhibited at Mostra, such as Almost Brothers (2004, 28th Mostra), De Menor (2013, 37th Mostra) and Simonal (2018, 42nd Mostra). He also directed the documentary Departure (2019, 43rd Mostra).
Brazilian director and producer trained in California, USA. She directed several advertising pieces and the short films The Wash (2012), Mr. Polman Wants to Fit In (2013), Descartados (2016) and The Jump (2018). Carla participated in the Disney/ABC Family emerging directors program. The Hosts is her first feature film.
Born in Coruche, Portugal. Amaral studied film in Porto until 2007. Since then, he has worked with visual effects and film directing, both for cinema and publicity. He made short films, such as Longe do Éden (2013) and Por Diabos (2016). Infinite Sea is his first feature film.
Graduated in communication from the ECA-USP, Célia Catunda is a visual artist, writer, producer and animation director. Kiko Mistrorigo graduated in architecture from the FAU-USP and works as a director and producer at Pinguim Content, a production company founded in partnership with Célia in 1989. They created and directed together the animation series Peixonauta (2009-2013), O Show de Luna (2014-2021) and Gemini 8 (2014). Together with Rodrigo Eba, they co-directed the animated feature Peixonauta - O Filme (2018).
Graduated in film from the University of São Paulo, Cesar Cabral works as a director, animator and producer in film and TV projects. He has directed the award-winning short films Dossiê Rê Bordosa (2008) and Tempestade (2011), as well as the TV series Angeli the Killer (2017), which is shown on Canal Brasil. Bob Spit - We Don`t Like People is his first feature film.
Born in London, England, in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English singer and actress Jane Birkin and French songwriter, singer and actor Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Among her notable works as an actress are The Science of Sleep (2006), by Michel Gondry; I’m Not There (2007), by Todd Haynes; Antichrist (2009), for which she won the best actress award at Cannes Film Festival; Melancholia (2011) and the two volumes of Nymphomaniac (2013), directed by Lars von Trier. Jane by Charlotte is her first feature film as a director.
Born in Elche, Spain, in 1980. His home-made science-fiction shorts with non-professional actors, like Protopartículas (2009) and Misterio (2013), have taken part in festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale and Cannes Director’s Fortnight. He teaches at the ECAM film school. The Sacred Spirit is his first feature film.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He made short films like Maps (2006), Obake (2011) and Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai’i (2016). His first feature film, August at Akiko’s (2018), was presented in film festivals such as IndieLisboa and Rotterdam. I Was a Simple Man is his second feature film.
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1984. His awarded short film Km (2012) was presented in film festivals like Rotterdam and Tallinn Black Nights. He has worked as an assistant director in films like Dogtooth (2009, 33rd Mostra), by Yorgos Lanthimos, and Before Midnight (2013), by Richard Linklater. Apples (2020) is his first feature film.
French filmmaker whose born in London in 1955. In her long career as fiction and documentary director, she made films like La Police (1988), Scènes de Ménage starring Miou Miou (1991), Les Patients (1989) and Coûte que Coûte (1995), A Foreign Body (1997), That’s Just Like You (2000), 800 km de Différence - Romance (2001), Mimi (2002), Ça Brûle (2006), God’s Offices (2008, 32nd Mostra), Gare du Nord (2013), The Woods Dreams Are Made of (2015) and Young Solitude (2018, 42nd Mostra). Her films were presented and awarded in film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Cinéma du Réel, IDFA and Sheffield.
Mapuche director, scriptwriter and producer. She has taught film and screenwriting at the Catholic University, University of Chile and Escuela de Cine. Her first short movie, Saint John`s Eve (2013), was awarded at Clermont-Ferrand. Claudia made her debut at feature film direction with Bad Influence (2016). My Brothers Dream Awake is her second feature film.
Born in Portugal in 1980. She studied at the creativity and artistic creation program of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon. Alongside her work as a director, Cláudia develops a career as a photographer and is a guest professor at AR.CO and Catholic University of Porto. She made the documentaries In the Darkness of the Theater I Take Off My Shoes (2016), presented at Cinéma du Réel, and Ama-san (2016), awarded at the film festivals DocLisboa and Karlovy Vary.
Born in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. He studied cinema at the University of California, in Los Angeles, a time he also worked as an intern at the famous Roger Corman production company. Borrelli started his career as a director of advertising films. He was part of the cast of the film Pixadores (2014, 39th Mostra). Vultures is his first feature film.
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1975. Filmmaker, screenwriter and theater director, Matanić graduated in film and TV directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art, in Zagreb. In addition to short and works for television, he made feature films like Cashier Wants to Go to the Seaside (2000), Fine Dead Girls (2002), The Lika Cinema (2008), Mother of Asphalt (2010), Daddy (2011) and The High Sun (2015), awarded with the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.
Born in the USA in 1967. He studied at the University of Southern California. Director, screenwriter, producer and author, he is one of the founders of the Slamdance Film Festival. Mirvish directed the features Omaha (The Movie) (1995), Open House (2004), Between Us (2013) and Bernard and Huey (2017), presented at the 41st Mostra.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1978, and moved to Germany at a young age with his parents. He is known for his roles in Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), by Wolfgang Becker; Inglourious Basterds (2009), by Quentin Tarantino; Rush (2013), by Ron Howard; and Captain America: Civil War (2016), by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Brühl also starred in the series The Alienist. Next Door is his first feature film as director.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1959. Playwright, set designer, screenwriter and art director, she started her career in the early 1980s at La MaMa Experimental Theater, in New York. She co-directed Foreign Land (1995, 29th Mostra) with Walter Salles. The duo also directed Midnight (1999, 23rd Mostra) and Linha de Passe (2008, 37th Mostra). In 2009, she co-directed with Felipe Hirsch the feature Sunstroke, screened at the 33rd Mostra. Vazante (2017, 41st Mostra) was her solo debut in directing a feature. Daniela was also one of the directors of the collective film Half the Sky (2018, 42nd Mostra).
Dastan Zhapar Uulu was born in 1988. He is a filmmaker from Kyrgyzstan, graduated from the Kyrgyz State Institute of Arts in 2010, specializing in theatre and cinema. Bakyt Mukul was born in 1965. He is an actor and filmmaker from Kyrgyztan. In 2016, they shot their debut feature film, A Father’s Will. The Road to Eden is their second feature film.
Born in Kazakhstan. Film director and screenwriter, he is founder of the Taraz Film School, where students learn filmmaking for free. Zere, the director`s feature film debut, is a result of the film school —all of the teenagers took part in the process as assistants.
Filmmaker, musician, visual artist and actor. He produced, directed, scripted, acted and edited dozens of films, presented at film festivals like Berlin, Sundance, Visions du Réel and Brasília. Lima directed the features O Tempo Não Existe no Lugar em que Estamos (2015), which was awarded the best film award at Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Planeta Escarlate (2016), co-directed with Jonnatta Doll, and Rompecabezas (2020). He was also part of the editing team for the film The Edge of Democracy (2019), by Petra Costa.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1980. He graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2009. As a guest student, he spent a year at the Berlin Film Academy. His short fiction Soft Rain was premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Nagy also made the medium-length documentaries Another Hungary (2013) and Harm (2015). Natural Light is his first feature film.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1973. After studying film, he made shorts and worked for several years as a film critic. In 2005, he made his feature debut with Drifting States which won the Golden Leopard in the video competition at Locarno. He also made films like All That She Wants (2008) and Curling (2010, 34th Mostra), both winners of best direction at Locarno; Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (2013), which won the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlinale; Boris without Béatrice (2016) and Ghost Town Anthology (2019).
Filmmaker and journalist, she grew up between the USA and Egypt. She helped produce the Oscar nominated and Emmy award-winning documentary The Square (2013), where the 2011 Egyptian Revolution was chronicled from the frontlines. You Resemble Me is her directorial debut.
Born in Skopje, North Macedonia, in 1991. She graduated in film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje in 2014 and, in 2016, attended Berlinale Talents. Dina made short films like They Come from the Center of the World (2017) and Without Love (2018). Sisterhood is her first
Screenwriter, director, illustrator and musician, he graduated in social communication, postgraduate in computer graphics and master in social policies. Rios is the creative director at Origem Produtora de Conteúdo, animation studio, in which he has directed animation short films and series, such as Bill, o Touro (2015-2016), Belatriz (2017) and Billy and Catarina (2018). My Uncle José is his first feature film.
Born in Dorset, England, in 1974. He attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and graduated in audio-visual design. Wright began his career with the low budget feature A Fistful of Fingers (1995) and directing and writing television series. Made the feature films Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), The World`s End (2013) and Baby Driver (2017).
Japanese Brazilian writer and director based in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of São Paulo with a bachelor`s in advertising and completed his master of fine arts in film and production at the University of Southern California. Oda wrote and directed many short films and projects for companies. Nine Days is his first feature film.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1945. Historical person in Brazilian cinema, he works as director, editor, producer, screenwriter, teacher and film critic. He directed, among other films, Lição de Amor (1975), Ato de Violência (1980), Chico Antônio - O Herói com Caráter (1983) and Imagens do Estado Novo 1937-45 (2016). He was the editor of features like Entranced Earth (1966), by Glauber Rocha, Macunaíma (1969), by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, São Bernardo (1972), by Leon Hirszman, Twenty Years Later (1984), by Eduardo Coutinho, and Santiago (2007), by João Moreira Salles. Eduardo Escorel wrote the book Adivinhadores de Água - Pensando no Cinema Brasileiro and collaborates with piauí magazine, writing a weekly column on its website.
Born in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 1978. He studied film at the Jakarta Institute of Arts. He made short films like Kara, the Daughter of a Tree (2005), premiered at the Directors` Fortnight section at Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008), won the Critics Prize at Rotterdam Film Festival. He also made the features Postcards from the Zoo (2012), presented at Berlin International Film Festival and at the 36th Mostra, and Possesive (2017), in addition to the medium-length Someone’s Wife in the Boat of Someone’s Husband (2013).
Born in 1997, he is a Swiss film director, actor, and producer. At the end of the school, Charmillot made his first film, Icar (2015), an independent work in which he played the lead role. He left for Montreal in 2016, where worked as an assistant director, actor and scriptwriter. Momentum is his second feature film.
Born in Ahvaz, Iran, in 1985. After studying film at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society, in Tehran, he worked as a film critic, screenwriter and assistant director. He made short films like Picking the Grape (2007) and Unlimited Internet. Mirhosseini appeared in one of the main roles in There Is No Evil (2020, 44th Mostra), by Mohammad Rasoulof. District Terminal is his first feature film.
Born in Lyon, France, in 1994. He studied classical music at the Lyon National Conservatory for ten years, before studying cinema at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. Grappe directed the short films Répétition (2014) and Suspendu (2015), and was the casting director and acting coach for Blaise Harrison’s film, Particles (2019). Olga is his first feature film.
Elisabeth Vogler is the pseudonym of a self-taught director living and working in Paris. They made, among others, A French Laundry (2014), screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and the feature, Paris Is Us (2019). Roaring 20’s is their second feature film.
Born in 1985, Beirut based filmmaker graduated from the Goldsmiths College, in London. His work focuses on the layering of narratives across film, painting and installation. His short film Waves ‘98 (2015) was awarded with the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. The Sea Ahead is his first feature film.
Born in Arapiraca, in the rural region of Alagoas, Brazil, and has been living and working in Ceará for 23 years. He is a screenwriter and director, and has technical training in audiovisual directing from the Dragão do Mar Institute, and in transmedia narratives from the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, University of Tallinn, Estonia. He is the author of the book Cinema Falado. The documentary short film Aqueles Dois (2018) was his debut in direction. Transversais is his first feature film.
American producers and directors, the sisters are the founders of Off Center Media, a documentary production company dedicated to racial and social issues. Their first documentary feature film, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009), was screened at Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the best documentary at Academy Award. Who We Are - A Chronicle of Racism in America is their second feature film.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1973. His feature film debut as a director, The Band’s Visit (2007), won, among others, two awards and a special mention at Cannes Film Festival and was presented at the 31st Mostra. He also made The Exchange (2011), shown at Venice International Film Festival, and Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016), which premiered at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
Erin Vassilopoulos is a New York-based filmmaker. She holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her short films have screened at festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, London and Tribeca. Superior is her first feature film.
Born in Of, Turkey, in 1974. In 2000, he graduated from the sociology department of Cumhuriyet University. He produced short films and documentaries. Since 2014, he has been teaching cinema lessons in the district of Arnavutköy. Faraway Land is his first feature film.
Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1984. Director and musician, he studied film directing and has worked with television, advertising and experimental video. As a musician, Cabezas is a member of the band Las 3 Marías. The Broken Cup (2021) is his feature film debut.
Born in Le Havre, France, in 1977. She has a master`s in directing from the American Film Institute, in Los Angeles. Eva made the feature films Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (2015), presented at the Toronto and London film festivals, and Girls of the Sun (2018), screened at Cannes.
The filmmaker is known for her work on the feature Menino Maluquinho 2: A Aventura (1998) and the series Motel, Beleza S/A and Elas por Elas. She has also directed episodes for the series Filhos do Carnaval, Antonia and Som e Fúria.
Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1983. He studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts and at the New York Film Academy. He made, among others, the features The Tale of a Pink Hare (2010), 4+1 (2016) and The Secret of a Leader (2018).
Felipe Gomez Aparicio was born in 1977, in Buenos Aires, Argentina He earned his degree in film production at the Cinematographic Research Center (CIC). He has helmed commercials for many of the top production companies in the world, quickly becoming one of his country’s foremost ad directors and earning him recognition as the 13th most awarded director by The Gunn Report, a comprehensive global listing of top advertising talent. His work has garnered a number of international accolades including multiple Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, Epica Awards, the Argentine Creative Circle’s El Diente Award, YouTube Ad of the Year, and the Martín Fierro Award among others.
Today, Felipe divides his time between Madrid and Buenos Aires, but his daily life affords him the privilege of filming in distant cities and amongst different cultures, constantly forming deeply treasured bonds and having experiences that will surely be part of the stories of his future feature films.
The Perfect David is his feature debut, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Born in Québec, Canada, in 1981. He is a director, screenwriter and producer. His work maintains a close connection with the visual and contemporary arts. He made, in addition to short films, such as Black Ink on Sky Blue (2003), presented at 27th Mostra, the documental feature Transatlantique (2014) and the animated feature Ville Neuve (2018), drawn and painted entirely on paper. His films were presented in film festivals like Annecy, Rotterdam, Tribeca and Venice.
Born in Tehran, Firouzeh Khosrovani settled in Italy to pursue her artistic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan. After graduating, in 2002, she returned to Iran and acquired her master’s degree in journalism. Now, she lives between Tehran and Rome. She made the documentary Fest of Duty (2014) and co-directed L’archivio a Oriente (2012) and Profession: Documentarist (2014).
Born in Kosovo in 1992. During the war, his family was forced to flee as refugees. Swiss-raised film director and writer, he studied international history and political sciences in London and Geneva. Maxville graduated from film school with the short Lost Exile (2016), which premiered and was awarded at the Locarno Film Festival. He made the feature documentary Zvicra (2018). Nostromo is his second feature film.
Born in Los Angeles, USA, and grew up in Germany. He studied film and philosophy at UCLA and worked with advertising. His short film Zion (2018) premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Ayar is his first feature film.
Born in Treviso, Italy, in 1989. He studied directing in documentary Film at FAMU, in Prague. Animata Resistenza (2014), his debut feature documentary which he produced, shooted and directed with Alberto Girotto, has been awarded with the best documentary on cinema at the Venice Film Festival. Brotherhood is his second feature film.
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1969. He studied at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. His filmography includes the short movies Nastassia (1996) and Giacomo e Luo Ma (2000), in addition to the feature films Saimir (2004), winner of the debut feature special mention at Venice Film Festival, and The Rest of the Night (2008). His third feature, Black Souls (2014), was presented at the 38th Mostra.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982. Klinger is a film studies professor, critic, archivist, curator and filmmaker. He has taught film studies at University of Illinois and at Columbia College, in Chicago. He directed Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013, 37th Mostra), winner of best documentary award at the Venice Classics section of Venice Film Festival, and Porto (2016, 40th Mostra). Klinger is part of the cast of Bergman Island, also in exhibition at the 45th Mostra.
Di Giacomo started his career on television in 2008, working at the humor center at MTV Brasil. Since then, he produced, directed and written series and programs like Comédia MTV, Quinta Categoria, Furo MTV, Foca News and Último Programa do Mundo. He made the documentary Blind March (2018), presented, amongst others, at film festivals such as Visions du Réel. Suffocated Memory is his second feature film.
Filmmaker who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has photographed numerous features, including Song of My Mother (2014, 38th Mostra), by Erol Mintas, and Touch me Not (2018, 42nd Mostra), by Adina Pintilie. He made, among others, the short film The Palm Lines (2009), screened at Locarno and Rotterdam film festivals.
Born in 1976. She is an Australian-Iranian poet, writer and filmmaker. Granaz has studied film editing at Australian Film, Television & Radio School. Her first poems were published when she was 16 years old. Her work as a poet has been translated and published in nine languages. My Tehran for Sale (2009), presented at Toronto International Film Festival, was her debut feature film. When Pomegranates Howl is her second feature.
Director of photography, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. He studied cinema and audiovisual at Estácio de Sá University and has collaborated on TV documentaries, advertising pieces and music videos as a photographer and director. Dannemann made the documentary Zeca Pagodinho - Uma História de Amor ao Samba (2017), about the homonymous musical show. The documentary Ziraldo, Lifelong Work of Art Crying for Help is his second feature film.
English director and screenwriter. She directed short films like Nits (2004), screened at the Cannes Directors` Fortnight, and Trip (2008), presented at Berlinale. Harry made her feature directorial debut with Only You (2018). True Things is her second feature film.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1946, he became a Brazilian citizen in 1970. He directed the films: King of the Night (1976), Lúcio Flávio (1977), winner of the Audience Prize at the 1st Mostra and re-exhibited at the 40th Mostra, Pixote (1981, 18th Mostra and 42nd Mostra), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 9th Mostra), for which he was nominated for the Oscar for best director, Ironweed (1987), nominated for the Oscar for best actor and best actress, At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), Foolish Heart (1996), Carandiru (2003), The Past (2007, title that opened the 31st Mostra), The Man who Stole a Duck, an episode of the feature Words with Gods (2014, 38th Mostra), and My Hindu Friend (2015, chosen as the opening film of the 39th Mostra). He won the Leon Cakoff Prize at the 37th Mostra, in recognition of his career. Babenco died at the age of 70 in 2016.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1960. In 1996, he released his first feature film, The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, winner of the Tiger award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. He also made films like: Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000), Woman Is the Future of Man (2004), Tale of Cinema (2005, 38th Mostra), Hahaha (2010), winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival, The Day He Arrives (2011, 35th Mostra), In Another Country (2012), Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013), Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, Yourself and Yours (2016), best direction at San Sebastián Film Festival, and The Woman Who Ran (2020), for which one he won best director award at Berlinale. Mostra also presented The Day After (2017), Grass and Hotel by the River, both from 2018. The 45th Mostra also presents the feature Introduction.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1955. She studied economics and filmmaking. My 20th Century (1989), her first feature film, won the Camera d`Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Ildikó also made the features Magic Hunter (1994, 18th Mostra), Simon, the Magician (1999) and On Body and Soul (2017), winner of Critics and the Ecumenical Jury prizes and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born in Argentina in 1980. Graduated in social communication from the University of Córdoba, she has written and directed several short films, like La Quietud (2012), presented at the Locarno Film Festival, in addition to TV series. She made the features Atlantida (2014), exhibited at the Berlinale and at the 38th Mostra, Julia and the Fox (2018, 42nd Mostra) and Little Bikes (2020), awarded at the Malaga Film Festival.
Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1975. After completing her studies in literature and film, Inés received a grant to pursue her training in filmmaking in the UK and, later, she specialized in film preservation in the USA. She has worked at different film archives and in cultural preservation projects. She directed, among others, the documentary El Río que Suena, Reflejo del Tiempo: Joaquín Díaz (2014). Film, the Living Record of Our Memory is her second feature film.
Born in San Cristóbal, Argentina, in 1984. He works as a cinematographer and director. Fund made the medium-lenght film Cíclope (2008), with Patricio Toscano; and the fiction features The Laugh (2009); The Lips (2010), in partnership with Santiago Loza; Today I Felt No Fear (2011); I Got Lost a Week Ago (2012); Toublanc (2017) and There Will Come Soft Rains (2018), exhibited at the 43rd Mostra. He is also the director of the documentaries Ab (2013), with Andreas Koefoed, and El Asombro (2014), with Santiago Loza and Lorena Moriconi.
He is a filmmaker, editor and director of photography. Amongst of the films edited by Guarnizo are the documentaries Not All Is Vigil (2014), by Hermes Paralluelo, and Patient (2015), by Jorge Caballero Ramos. He directed short movies and music videos. The Other Side is his first feature film.
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1977. Director, producer and screenwriter, he worked as second assistant director at Miami Vice, by Michael Mann, and The Good Shepherd, by Robert de Niro, both of 2006 and shot in his country. Herrera was first assistant director to Sand Dollars (2014, 38th Mostra), by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. He directed the documentary La Montaña (2013) and the fiction feature Pueto Pa’ Mi (2015).
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1955. He majored in acting from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. Among the films in which he acted, are works such as Buffer Zone (2014), by Georgi Djulgerov, and Thirst (2015, 39th Mostra), by Svetla Tsotsorkova. He made his directorial debut in 2003 with the feature film Emigrants, co-directed by Lyudmil Todorov. Hristov is also director of the TV movie My Friends Call Me Uncle (2006) and of the features Footsteps in the Sand (2010) and Losers (2015). He is also an acting professor and author of the book The Actor in Cinema.
Born in Athens, Greece, in 1989. She graduated from the London Film School. Her short films have been selected by festivals including Locarno, Toronto, Cannes and Berlin. Moon, 66 Questions is her debut feature film.
Born in Assam, India. He studied film and video editing in Jyoti Chitraban Film & Television Institute. Dohutia made the documentary short Cuckoo (2014) and the fiction feature The Hidden Corner (2016). End of Spring is his second feature film.
A documentary filmmaker based in New York. Her directing work includes the award-winning series The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Triangle Fire and Walt Whitman, in addition to the feature film Town Hall (2013), co-directed with Sierra Pettingill.
Born in Poland in 1984. He graduated in film directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television and completed the documentary course at the Wajda School, in Warsaw. Matuszyński signed several shorts, including 15 Years of Silence (2007), Afterparty (2009) and Niebo (2011), the feature documentary Deep Love (2013) and the fiction feature film The Last Family (2016, 40th Mostra), awarded at the Locarno Film Festival.
Born in Antheit, Belgium, in 1946. He graduated at the Arts and Diffusion Institute in Brussels. Libon worked as image reporter for the documentary magazine A Suivre and created, in 1985, with Marco Lamensch, a documentary series Strip-Tease, which was be broadcasted for nearly 20 years on France and Belgian channels. His first feature, So Help Me God (2018), directed along with Yves Hinant, won the Jury special mention at San Sebastián Film Festival.
Born in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, in 1983. He studied film editing in Paris and made short films like Concurrence Loyale (2009) and Stabat Mater (2011). Directed the feature Dealer (2014) and created, wrote, and co-directed the series Sakho & Mangane (2020). Saloum is his second feature film.
Born in 1975. He created, in 2005, the theatre company Chiens de Navarre and directed internationally acclaimed plays. Meurisse directed in 2013 the medium-length film Il Est des Nôtres. His first feature film, Apnée (2016), premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. Bloody Oranges is his second feature film.
Born in Bellac, France, in 1974. He studied visual communication and works as a video artist, cinematographer, editor and director. In addition to dozens of short films, Périot directed features such as A German Youth (2015) and Summer Lights (2018), presented at film festivals like Berlin, Cinéma du Réel and San Sebastián. In 2019, he directed the film Our Defeats, exhibited at the 43rd Mostra.
Jenna grew up in South Africa. Amongst her feature films as director include Love the One You Love (2014), High Fantasy (2017), presented at Berlin International Film Festival, and Flatland (2019). As a writer, she co-wrote movies like Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki (2018), exhibited at 42nd Mostra.
Born in Nigeria in 1981. He grew up in Nigeria and Denmark. After studying at the Danish School of Art Photography Fatamorgana in Copenhagen, he moved to Berlin to take a cinematography degree at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. In 2013, Akinleminu made the documentary Portrait of a Lone Farmer, awarded at Torino Film Festival. When a Farm Goes Aflame is his second feature film.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1968. He began his activity as a screenwriter and producer in the late eighties. Directed numerous short films and in 2000 premiered his first feature, Tattoo Bar. Jo Sol has made documentary and fictional features of a marked socio-political nature, such as The Taxi Thief (2005), special mention of best direction at San Sebastian, Fake Orgasm (2010), awarded at Malaga Film Festival, and Living and Other Fictions (2016), presented at 41a Mostra.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1975. Scriptwriter, director, playwright and theater director, he made the feature films Private Madness (2004); Ça Rend Heureux (2006); Private Property (2006), presented at the 30th Mostra and awarded at Venice Film Festival; Private Lessons (2008, 32nd Mostra); Our Children (2012), which received the Honorable Mention of Critics Award at the 36th Mostra; The White Knights (2015), winner of best director award at San Sebastián International Film Festival; After Love (2016) and Continuer (2018).
The Portuguese director graduated in psychology from the University of Lisbon. She studied film at Lisbon’s Film & Theatre School and has focused on writing and directing documentaries. In addition to short films and works for television, Joana has directed feature films such as O Escritor Prodigioso (2005) and As Horas do Douro (2010).
Joaquín Peñagaricano and Pablo Abdala Richero trained at the Uruguayan Film School. Together they co-directed the short films La Velocidad de los Ceibos (2006), co-directed with Pablo Aguirrezabal, and Nuestra Hospitalidad (2010), which received awards in many film festivals. They have also made the documentary series Nosotros (2013), Nosotros Dos (2015), Un Pueblo al Solís (2011) and Fiestas Tradicionales (2014). Mateína is their feature debut.
He is a director, screenwriter and executive producer, known for his reflections on black people in Brazilian society. His work includes the book and the documentary movie Denying Brazil (2000), winner at É Tudo Verdade, the fictional feature film Filhas do Vento (2005), winner at Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and awarded at Festival de Gramado, in addition to the documentaries Cinderellas, Wolves and a Charming Prince (2009), Raça (2013) and My Friend Fela (2019).
Born in Konstanz, Germany, in 1985. He studied film directing at Edinburgh College of Art, and worked as a film director and director of photography in London and Hong Kong. Bak made two short movies, Wanderdrachen (2016) and One and Many (2017). Wood and Water is his first feature film.
Born in 1984 and grew up between Rome and New York. He studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program, where he made his first short films, which received awards at Cannes and Venice film festivals. Carpignano made the feature films Mediterranea (2015) and A Ciambra (2017), both presented at Cannes. A Chiara brings the trilogy to an end in the Calabrian town of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where his three feature films were shot.
Born in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil, in 1970. He is a director and writer, known for feature films such as Conception (2005), If Nothing Else Works Out (2008, 32nd Mostra), Alemão: Both Sides of the Operation (2014) e Carcereiros - O Filme (2019, 43rd Mostra). Belmonte also directed the short movie Tepê (1999), presented at the 24th Mostra.
Born in Ecuador in 1988. He studied direction at the University of Cinema, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Avilés directed the shorts Ricchieri (2013), Talks in the Garden (2014) and Speed Paradise (2015). His first feature film, The Death of the Master (2018), was presented at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and at the 42nd Mostra. To Oriente is his second feature film.
Born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1979. He graduated from the ELO Helsinki Film School of Aalto University in 2014. Kuosmanen directed the short movies Roadmarkers (2007), Citizens (2008) and The Painting Sellers (2010), which won the first prize in Cannes Cinéfondation. His first feature, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016), won the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and was presented at the 40th Mostra. Compartment Nº 6 is his second feature film.
Born in Paris, France, in 1983. She attended film school at La Fémis, in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film Junior won the Petit Rail d`Or at Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie Raw (2016), won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes. Titane is her second feature film.
Born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1984. He studied film and history of art in Berlin and Paris, before taking a degree in directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Radlmaier worked as a translator, and has worked as an assistant director for Werner Schroeter. His first feature, Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017), was presented at Rotterdam and Berlin film festivals. Bloodsuckers - A Marxist Vampire Comedy is his second feature film.
Born in France in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Paris-Nanterre and has worked at the French Sports Institute (INSEP) for 15 years. Faraut made short films like Perspectives Rugbystiques (2007), Une Seule Fois (2009) and Phrases d’Armes (2010), in addition to the full-length documentaries Regard Neuf sur Olympia 52 (2013) and John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018, 42nd Mostra).
Kosovo based film director and media specialist working in film, television and online publishing since 2001. She graduated in film directing from the University of Prishtina and has a master`s degree in Kosovo`s Institute for Journalism and Communication. Kaltrina made short films like Kanarinët e Dinë (2014) and Sarabande (2018). Vera Dreams of the Sea is her first feature film.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1986. She studied sociology and media arts at Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia. Kamila made the feature films The Mirror Never Lies (2011) and The Seen and Unseen (2017), presented and awarded at film festivals like Berlin, Toronto and Tokyo.
Born in Paris of Algerian parents, Kamir Aïnouz lived seven years in Los Angeles, where she studied film writing at UCLA and participated in various filmmaking workshops at USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has also worked as a screenwriter for television and cinema, notably on LOL (2012), by Lisa Azuelos. Honey Cigar is her directorial debut.
Born in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, in 1966. He graduated in architecture and urbanism from the Brasilia University and has a master in theory and history of cinema from the New York University. In the 2000’s, he collaborated with the scripts of movies like Shredded April (2001), by Walter Salles, Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005, 30th Mostra), by Marcelo Gomes, and Lower City (2005, 29th Mostra), by Sérgio Machado. Aïnouz made his debut in feature films direction in 2002 with Madame Satã, screened at the 26th Mostra. He also directed Suely in the Sky (2006, 30th Mostra), I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009), in partnership with Marcelo Gomes, The Silver Cliff (2011), Futuro Beach (2014), Central Airport: THF (2018, 42nd Mostra) and The Invisible Life (2019, 43rd Mostra), winner of Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival.
Born in Nalchik, Russia, in 1989. She is a writer and director graduated from the Kabardino-Balkaria State University. Kira made the shorts films Marevo (2012), The Sky Seemed Too High (2013) and They Abandoned Me (2014), in addition to the feature Sofichka (2016). Unclenching the Fists (2021) is her second feature film.
Born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 1969. Russian stage, television and film director, he was the artistic director of the Gogol Center from 2012 until 2021. Serebrennikov directed, among others, the feature films Ragin (2004), Playing the Victim (2006), Yuriev Den (2008), Betrayal (2012), The Student (2016, 40th Mostra) and Summer (2018, 42th Mostra), presented and awarded at film festivals like Cannes, Veneza, Locarno, San Sebastián, Tribeca and Karlovy Vary.
Taiwanese director and scriptwriter, she made the short films Horse with No Name (2010) and Under the Water (2014). The Silent Forest is her debut feature film.
Born in Hungary in 1975. He studied at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, in Budapest, and began his career as an actor. Mundruczó has directed the short films Joan of Arc on the Night Bus (2003) and Lost and Found (2005), in addition to features such as Pleasant Days (2002, 27th Mostra), awarded at Locarno Film Festival, Johanna (2005, 29th Mostra), Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project (2010, 34th Mostra), Delta (2008), winner of the Critics Prize at Cannes Film Festival, White God (2014), winner of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival, Jupiter’s Moon (2017, 41st Mostra) and Pieces of a Woman (2020), awarded at Venice International Film Festival and an Academy Award nominated.
Born in Ärtemark, Sweden, in 1956. His two shorts films, Once Upon a Time (1991) and The Crack (1992), were both selected for the Critics` Week at Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Between Summers (1995), was screened at the 19th Mostra and at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. He also made, among documentaries and fictions, Lighthouse (2000), Tokyo Noise (2002), Details (2003), Bad Faith (2010) and Winter Light Revisited (2018), in addition to numerous television productions.
Filmmaker, journalist and author. Among her work as an author, is the trilogy about Swedish history. As a filmmaker, she has directed several documentaries, including Palme (2012) and the TV works Astrid Lindgren (2014) and Silence (2020).
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1977. He studied at Rikkyo University, in Tokyo, and worked as an assistant director in films of directors such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Makoto Shinozaki. Sugita made some short films and the features A Song I Remember (2011), screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Listen to Light (2017).
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969. Filmmaker and theater director, she graduated in cinema from the FAAP. Her first film was the short movie Cartão Vermelho (1994), screened at the 18th Mostra. Laís directed the documentaries Cine Mambembe, o Cinema Descobre o Brasil (1999, 23rd Mostra) and A Guerra dos Paulistas (2002) for TV. In 2000, she directed her first feature film, Brainstorm (24th Mostra), winner of the Brasília Film Festival. She has also directed the features The Ballroom (2008), As Melhores Coisas do Mundo (2010) and Just Like Our Parents (2017). She was the CEO of Spcine between 2019 and 2021.
Born in Washington, United States, in 1950. One of the main cinematographers in Brazilian cinema, has worked in films such as São Bernardo (1972), by Leon Hirszman, All Nudity Shall Be Punished (1973), by Arnaldo Jabor, Lúcio Flávio (1977, 1st Mostra), by Hector Babenco, and Sea of Roses (1978), by Ana Carolina. He directed, among others, the documentary shorts Libertários (1976, 37th Mostra) and Unlikely Encounter (2016, 40th Mostra), in addition to the feature films Sonho Sem Fim (1985), The Beast in the Jungle (2017, 41st Mostra) and Fotografação (2019). He was a member of the Jury for the 30th Mostra, in 2006.
Born in Germany in 1979. She studied direction and screenwriting at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her graduation film was Alle Tage Meines Lebens (2010). After that, she has written various screenplays for film and television, collaborating with many different production companies. My Son is her feature film debut as a director.
Leo, Nicolás and Pablo are three Argentinean filmmakers that met while studying image and sound design at the University of Buenos Aires. Leo has directed the medium-length film Bicitopo (2018) and the web series Los Reversos. Nicolás is a film editor of MK2 and the editor of Varda par Agnès (2019), by Agnès Varda. Pablo has graduated in dramaturgy and works as an actor and dramaturg. Their graduation project, Las Bestias (2015), was also their first feature film.
Born in Suresnes, France, in 1960. One of the most importants contemporary French filmmakers, Carax began his career as a film critic and directing a series of short movies, before he released Boy Meets Girl (1984), his first feature film. After that, he made Mauvais Sang (1986, 12nd Mostra), awarded at Berlinale, The Lovers on the Bridge (1991), Pola X (1999), a segment of Tokyo! (2008, 33rd Mostra) and Holy Motors (2012).
Born in Georgia in 1973. He studied film production at the Georgian State University, in Tbilisi, but because of the war started to work as a journalist. Later, Koguashvili studied film directing in Moscow and graduated in the film program from the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate, in New York. He made the fiction feature films Street Days (2010) and Blind Dates (2013), both presented at Mostra. He also directed the documentaries Women from Georgia (2009) and Gogita’s New Life (2016).
She is a Belgian independent filmmaker based in Brussels. Liesbeth made the documentary Behind the Redwood Curtain (2013) and co-directed Victoria (2020), awarded at Berlinale. Holgut is her second solo feature film.
Filmmaker that has been immersed in the world of fashion and art for the past 25 years. She made films like Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012), presented at Venice International Film Festival, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015), screened at Tribeca Film Festival, and Love, Cecil (2017), which premiered at Telluride Film Festival.
She studied cinema, television and journalism. Lô has worked as assistant director and since 1998 works as a director, screenwriter and producer. Her first feature, Jonas (2015), was presented at the 39th Mostra. She also directed, in partnership with Anna Muylaert, the feature documentary Alvorada (2021), about the impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff. Sol is her second fiction feature film.
Born in Merida, Venezuela, in 1967, he studied molecular biology at the University of Tampa, Florida, and participated in several film workshops at New York University. Vigas moved back to his country in 1998 to direct the documentary series Expedición. He also directed the short movie Elephants Never Forget (2004), presented at Cannes Film Festival, and the features From Afar (2015, 39th Mostra), winner of the Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival, and The Orchid Seller (2016, 41st Mostra), a documentary about his father.
Film writer and director Taiwanese Lu Mian-Mian began her career in the Taipei avant-garde theatre scene and later studied filmmaking in New York and at the Taipei National University of Arts. She directed the short films Midnight Dance (2015) and My Mom’s Wedding (2016). Mickey on the Road is her first feature film.
Born in the Republic of Kosovo, in 2001, and is currently based in France. She began her career as an actress, with parts in television and film projects, including School`s Out (2018), by Sébastien Marnier, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), by Céline Sciamma. The Hill Where Lionesses Roar is her directorial feature debut.
Graduated in cinema from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, and specialized in cinematography at the École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière, in France. He was director of photography for several recent Brazilian feature films, such as Yorimatã (2014, 38th Mostra), by Rafael Saar, The End of an Age (2014, 38th Mostra), by Bruno Safadi and Ricardo Pretti, Drought (2015, 39th Mostra), by Maria Ramos, Seven Years in May (2019, 43rd Mostra), by Affonso Uchôa, and The Cannibal Club (2019), by Guto Parente, works presented in film festivals like Visions du Réel, DOK Leipzig, Locarno, Toronto and Rotterdam. Rotten Boy is his debut as a feature film director.
They were born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and studied film at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS). Both directors and screenwriters, they are partners at the production company Pátio Vazio. They made the short documentaries Antes do Lembrar (2018) and Os Olhos na Mata e o Gosto na Água (2020), in addition to the feature film Sisters in the End of the World (2020, 44th Mostra). Their films were selected at film festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Tiradentes and Havana. Ana’s Farewell is their second feature film.
Graduated in cinema, Igreja has also studied dance and theater. He is a specialist in Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier`s sign language representation techniques. He traveled the world, acting as a clown, and directed the theater group Companhia do Gesto. He directed, among others, the children`s TV program Tem Criança na Cozinha (2013-2015). Poropopó is his first feature film.
Born in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, in 1988. He directed the short films Travessias (2013), Vácuo (2013), O Lugar Mais Frio do Rio (2014), awarded at the Festival Janela Internacional de Cinema de Recife, and Essa Barra que É Gostar de Você (2016). Madalena is his first feature film.
Born in Abéché, Chad, in 1960. In 1982, he moved to Paris to begin his career as a journalist and filmmaker. He studied film at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and journalism at Bordeaux. Haroun worked as a journalist before directing his debut short film, Maral Tanié (1994). His first feature, Bye-Bye Africa (1999), was awarded best first feature at the Venice Festival. He has also directed Our Father (2002) and Dry Season (2006, 31st Mostra), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Festival. His fourth feature, A Screaming Man (2010), was awarded Special Jury Prize in Cannes. The film was also presented at the 34th Mostra, which honored the director with a Humanity Award in recognition of his political and aesthetic struggle for his country’s cinema. Until early 2011, Chad had no functioning theatres. Thanks to the director’s pressure and prestige, the government restored Normandie, an old cinema that was reopened in the capital N’Djamena. He was also a member of the International Jury at the 35th Mostra. He also made Grigris (2013, 37th Mostra) and A Season in France (2017).
Manuel Crosby grew up in Valley Springs, California. He wrote, directed, shot, edited and produced numerous projects. Darren Knapp is an independent filmmaker and made several short films with credits including cinematography, editing, writing, directing and producing. First Date is their feature film debut.
Born in Almería, Spain, in 1964. He is a director and screenwriter. Cuenca directed feature films such as the documentary The Cuban Game (2001) and the fictions The Weakness of the Bolshevik (2003), Half of Oscar (2010), Cannibal (2013), awarded in festivals like San Sebastián, and The Motive (2017), winner of the Critics` Award at Toronto International Film Festival.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1974. He studied business administration in Cologne, St. Gallen and New York. In 1999, he co-founding the bauderfilm production company with Dörte Franke. Bauder collaborated with her on several documentaries. He made films like Last to Know (2006, 30th Mostra), The System (2011) and Master of the Universe (2013).
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1969. He is a director, writer, producer and entrepreneur. Sebá was associate producer of the film Drained, (2006, 30th Mostra), directed by Heitor Dhalia. He has already signed the creative direction of music videos and commercials. Fédro is his debut in a feature film direction.
Born in the province of Piacenza, Italy, in 1939. He had a catholic education during his teenage years, and in the late 1950s he joined the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. His first feature film, Fists in the Pockets (1965), was very well-received by critics. He also directed China is Near (1967), Leap into the Void (1980), The Eyes, the Mouth (1982), Devil in the Flesh (1986), The Conviction (1991), Good Morning, Night (2003), Vincere (2009, 33rd Mostra), Sorelle Mai (2010, 35th Mostra) and Dormant Beauty (2012, Critic’s Prize at the 36th Mostra). At the 40th Mostra, in 2016, he presented some of the most significant films of his career, signed the art design of the poster and received the Leon Cakoff Prize.
Born in Argentina, in 1979, and grew up in Patagonia. Graduated in film directing and visual arts from the University of Geneva, she has made, among fictional and documentary shorts, films such as Dragona y Sus Cachorros (2010) and Buscando Patriotas (2015). Marí was chosen by the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival to develop her first feature film, Zahorí.
Born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1967, she has lived in Berlin since 1987. Worked as an assistant editor and director until 1995. In 1996, she took up a directing degree at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Maria directed the feature films The Days Between (2001, 26th Mostra), winner of the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Madonnas (2007), awarded at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, and Daughters (2014). She also made the documentary 9 Lives (2011).
After graduating in biology, the filmmaker chose a life of trips, navigations and unlikely jobs in the Antilles, Africa and South America, until she decided to make wildlife documentaries. She returned to France to enrol in a technical master`s degree in wildlife documentaries at Ménigoute. The Velvet Queen is her first feature film.
Filmmaker who lives and works between Paris and Rio de Janeiro. She studied contemporary poetry at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. In 2008, she started composing video essays that have been shown in several contemporary art institutions and poetry venues. She made the documentary Coney Island (Last Summer) (2010). Venice Beach, CA. is her second feature film.
Born in Peru. After earning a communications degree from the University of Lima, she joined the first generation of students at EICTV, in Cuba. She created Sudaca Films in the 90’s, where she directs, writes, edits and produces. Marité produced Postcards from Leningrad (2007) and Bad Hair (2013), both directed by Mariana Rondón and presented at Mostra. She also directed the features At Midnight and a Half (1999) and The Kid who Lies (2011).
Born in Lisbon in 1992. In 2011, she interrupted her cinema course in Lisbon’s Film & Theatre School to enrol in drawing and painting, the same year that she directed AmareloAzulPretoAmarelo, her first short film. She produced, among others, Pedro Cabeleira’s Verão Danado (2017) and Ama Romanta (2019), by Vasco Bação. Simon Calls is her first feature film.
Filipino-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. His first short film, Hole (2014), was awarded at the Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand film festivals, as well as being presented at Sundance, Toronto and London. Islands marks his debut in feature film direction.
Born in 1989, she is a French filmmaker and screenwriter based in Lisbon. She studied literature, art and cinema at Denis Diderot University, in Paris. Her short films Motu Maeva (2014) and Black Sun (2019) have been selected at film festivals such as FID Marseille, Toronto, Mar del Plata, DocLisboa and Torino. Maureen works with film medium and is a member of L’Abominable, an artist-run lab based in Paris. The Tsugua Diaries is her first feature film.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1960. Since he was 11 years old, when he acted in As Aventuras de Tio Maneco (1971), he has always been working on a movie set, whether as a producer, editor or sound technician. Farias has been an active TV director since 1984, doing soap operas and series, such as A Grande Família (2001-2010) and Tapas & Beijos (2012-2015). In cinema, he directed feature films like O Coronel e o Lobisomem (2005), Verônica (2008, 32nd Mostra), Vai que Dá Certo (2013) and Hebe - A Estrela do Brasil (2019).
Born in Iran in 1980. He studied educational management and has written several screenplays for documentaries and fiction features. At the End of Evin is his first work as a director.
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1974. He graduated in dramatic literature from the University of Arts. Kouroshnia started his artistic career at the Javan Cinema Institute in 1997. After that, he wrote and directed about ten plays. He has appeared as a writer in popular TV series on Iranian television, such as Rhino and Forbidden. Without Aban is his feature film debut.
Born in Paris, France, in 1981. She studied at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and began her career as an actress. As a director, she has worked on All Is Forgiven (2007); Father of My Children (2009), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the section Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival; Goodbye First Love (2011); Eden (2014); Things to Come (2016), winner of the best director award at the Berlin International Film Festival; and Maya (2018, 42nd Mostra).
Born in Pilar, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1987. She went to film school at Centro de Investigación y Experimentación en Video y Cine and at the Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica Argentina. Micaela made, among others, the short film All My Joy (2016), presented at the Berlin International Film Festival. The New Girl is her first feature film.
Born in Mexico City in 1979. He earned a degree in film direction from the New York Film Academy and began making films with his production company, Lucía Films. His directorial credits include Daniel and Ana (2009, 33rd Mostra), After Lucia (2012), winner of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival, A Los Ojos (2015), Chronic (2015, 39th Mostra), awarded best screenplay in Cannes, April’s Daughter (2017, 41st Mostra), winner of the Special Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival, and New Order (2020, 44th Mostra), Silver Lion winner at Venice Film Festival.
Born in Lisbon in 1972, he studied at the School of Theater and Cinema in the Portuguese capital and worked as a film critic. In 2012, the 36th Mostra held an early retrospective of his work, exhibiting his award-winning short films and his feature films A Cara que Mereces (2004), This Dear Month of August (2008) —Critic’s Prize at the 32nd Mostra— and Tabu (2012), awarded the Alfred Bauer and the International Critics Prizes at the Berlin Film Festival. The Mostra also screened the short film Redemption (2013) and the Arabian Nights feature films trilogy (2015).
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1963. He graduated from the Russian Film Academy as a filmmaker. After that, Kosyrev-Nesterov also worked as a producer on various film projects. In 2008, he directed his first feature film, Ocean, which was presented at Tokyo Film Festival and at the 32nd Mostra. He also made the feature Journey to the Mother (2014).
Mina Mileva entered the British animation industry in 1996 and worked as animation director, animator and line producer for films, commercials and TV series. She also co-directed several animated shorts. Vesela Kazakova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1977, and studied acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. In 2003, she graduated from the University of National and World Economy, in Sofia. Together, they directed the documentaries Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service (2014) and The Beast Is Still Alive (2016), in addition to the fiction film Cat in the Wall (2019), presented at Locarno Film Festival and at 44th Mostra.
Born in Sarajevo in 1955. He graduated from the Columbia University School of the Arts, New York. After a brief film career in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he emigrated to the Czech Republic during the 1990s Yugoslav Wars. Currently, he lives and works in Slovenia. His works include the documentary features Borderline Lovers (2005) and Searching For Johnny (2009) and the fictions Adria Blues (2013) and I Act, I Am (2018).
Born in Iran in 1975. He studied Persian language and literature, and is also a member and teacher at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. At the End of Evin is his first feature film.
Born in Behshahr, Iran, in 1984. He is a graduate of Mining Engineering. He started his film career as an assistant director and worked for Iranian filmmakers like Bahram Bayzai, Reza Mirkarimi, Majid Majidi and Mohsen Abdolvahab. He directed the feature films Don’t Be Tired! (2013), together with Afshin Hashemi, and Blockage (2017). He also wrote the script of the film Castle of Dreams (2019, 43rd Mostra), directed by Reza Mirkarimi.
She has a background in psychology, and has been working as a screenwriter for many years. Monica made the screenplay of films like Coureur (2017), by Kenneth Mercken. Immaculate is both a personal story and her debut as a director.
Born in 1989 and raised in Beijing. In 2010, he was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy and majored in cinematography. Streetwise is his first feature film.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1975. He studied philosophy at the University of Tel Aviv and film at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, in Jerusalem. He made the short films Border Project (2004), Road (2005) and Emile’s Girlfriend (2006). His feature film debut, Policeman (2011), won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival. After that, Lapid directed The Kindergarten Teacher, exhibited at the 38th Mostra, and Synonyms (2019, 43rd Mostra), winner of the Golden Bear and the Critic’s Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Natasha Merkulova was born in Russia in 1979. Director and scriptwriter, she studied in Irkutsk and Moscow. Natasha began working as a presenter on Irkutsk television. Aleksey Chupov was born in Russia in 1973, and he is also a director and scriptwriter. He studied in Moscow and in the USA. Chupov began his career working as a TV journalist. Together, they have written and directed feature films like Intimate Parts (2013) and The Man Who Surprised Everyone, premiered in the Venice International Film Festival.
Costa Rican-Swedish screenwriter and director. She started her career in physical theater in Costa Rica, before studying at the Stockholm University of the Arts, in Sweden. Nathalie later graduated from Columbia University’s graduate film program, in NYC, with a master in film directing and screenwriting. She made short films like Asunder (2015) and Molt (2018). She also co-wrote Entre Tú y Milagros (2020), winner of the Orizzonti Award for best short in the Venice Film Festival. Clara Sola is her first feature film.
Filmmaker who resides in Los Angeles, California. After his graduation in political science and international relations in Bilkent University, in Turkey, Çağhan moved to the United States, where he studied film and theater. He made the short movie Happiness (2017). Pure White is his debut feature.
Born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1982. He graduated in film studies from the DAMS, school of Bologna University, before taking a master’s in film direction at the Zurich University of the Arts. His first feature film, Tutti Giù (2012), premiered at Locarno Film Festival, at the section Cineasti del Presente. Atlas is his second feature.
She is a Czech Republic-based Kosovan filmmaker. Norika holds a master’s degree from the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In her films, she often merges fiction and documentary. She directed, among others, the short Desde Arriba (2020) under the guidance of
Werner Herzog. Looking for Venera is her debut feature.
Polish writer and director. She studied directing at Lodz Film School, in Poland, and at the National Film and Television School, in United Kingdom NFTS. She has made several narrative and documentary shorts which have screened at festivals around the world. Her first feature documentary, I Was Here (2019), co-directed with Nathalie Biancheri, premiered at CPH:DOX. Anatomy is her second feature film.
Born in Québec, Canada, in 1979. Biologists by trade, they founded an independent production company in 2010. They directed the medium-length documentaries Asiemut (2007) and Encounters (2011). Their first documentary feature film was Québékoisie, made in 2014.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1984. Studied at FAMU film school, in Prague. He made the feature films A Night Too Young (2012) and Family Film (2015), presented at film festivals like Berlin, San Sebastián and Tokyo, and Winter Flies (2018), which gave him the best direction award at Karlovy Vary.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1988. He studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo and worked as an assistant director on Egyptian feature films. He made short movies like Breathe Out (2011) and The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 (2014), presented at Cannes Film Festival. Feathers is his first feature film.
He is an Indian filmmaker, who, while working in a DVD shop in Chennai, was introduced to people from the Tamil film industry. This led to him becoming assistant director on two films by A. Sargunam. After working as an assistant theatre director, he began making his own films. Pebbles is his feature film debut.
Born in Barcelona in 1970, he worked as a cinematographer in several movies. Pablo directed, among others, the short Alicia Portrayed (2002) and the feature films Fuente Álamo, the Caress of Time (2001), Butterfly (2007) and Tchindas (2015), presented at 39th Mostra.
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1984. He studied cinema at the Tehran University of Art and worked as a set photographer and moved into the roles of assistant cinematographer and assistant director. Panah was also a consultant, editor and assistant director of the most recent films of his father, the filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Hit The Road is his first feature film.
Born in Ajaccio, France, in 1982. As an actor, he has notably played in films by Delphine Leoni, Sarah Arnold, Thierry de Peretti and Antonin Peretjatko. He made the short films Bugarach (2013) and Le Fan de Base (2017). I Comete - A Corsican Summer is his first feature film.
Korean-Dutch filmmaker who worked as an actor in plays, TV series and films. His first film as a director was the experimental Lux (2003), with Michiel Huisman, followed by Sweet Tomato (2004). He also made the documentaries Playing for the Past (2011) and The Nose: In Search of Blamage (2014). Dealing with Death is his first full-length documentary.
Born in Argentina in 1969. She studied at the University of Cinema, in Buenos Aires, and was a fellow of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Paula made her debut in feature film with Herencia (2001), presented at 28th Mostra. She also made the documentary Familia Lugones (2007) and the fiction features Lluvia (2008), One Love (2011) and The Sleepwalkers (2019), presented at film festivals like Havana, Mar del Plata, San Sebastián and Toronto.
Born in João Pessoa, Paraíba, in 1964. He is a director, screenwriter and producer. Caldas produced his feature film debut in 1997, when he co-directed Baile Perfumado (1996) with Lírio Ferreira. In 2000, he made the documentary The Little Prince`s Rap Against the Wicked Souls, which he co-directed with Marcelo Luna. He also directed Happy Desert (2007, 32nd Mostra), Land of Desire (2011, 35th Mostra) and Saudade (2018, 41st Mostra). At the 43rd Mostra, in 2019, he presented two documentaries: Prison Flowers, with Bárbara Cunha, and Tropical Abyss.
Português, nasceu em 22 de dezembro de 1935, na cidade do Porto. Estudou direito em Lisboa e no IDHEC, em Paris. Foi presidente do Centro Português de Cinema no biênio 1974-1975, e Presidente da Associação portuguesa de Diretores. Projetou-se internacionalmente logo em seu primeiro filme, Os Verdes Anos (1964), ganhador do Prêmio Opera Prima, no Festival de Locarno. Desde então, é presença constante nos principais festivais de cinema. O roteiro de O Rio do Ouro havia sido escrito em 1964, após a realização de seu primeiro filme. Em 1995 fez parte da série francesa Cinema do Nosso Tempo (seleção da 20ª Mostra), com um documentário sobre seu conterrâneo Manoel de Oliveira.
Born in Costa Rica in 1979. She studied still photography and journalism before going to the London Film School. Paz made the short films Temporal (2006) and Cuilos (2008), in addition to the features Agua Fría de Mar (2010), winner of the Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Viaje (2015), presented at Tribeca Film Festival.
The most important Spanish filmmaker since Buñuel, Almodóvar was born in Calzada de Calatrava in 1949. He signed the poster art for the 38th Mostra, edition of the event that paid tribute to the director with a retrospective of his films. Among his main works are Dark Habits (1983); What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), best screenplay at Venice International Film Festival; Law of Desire (1987); Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989); The Flower of My Secret (1995); All about My Mother (1999), winner of the direction award at Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award of best foreign language film; Talk to Her (2002), for which he received the Academy Award of best original screenplay; Volver (2006), best screenplay at Cannes; The Skin I Live in (2011) and Pain and Glory (2019).
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1990. Even with no prior film experience, he was accepted to the Russian State University of Cinematography. His thesis film, The Song of the Mechanical Fish (2013), was selected for the short film competition program at Sundance and Clermont-Ferrand. The Whaler Boy is his first feature film.
Grew up in Napierville, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in film and comparative literature from the University of Montreal and a master’s degree in communication in the experimental media creation profile from the University of Québec in Montreal. Grégoire made short films like Beep Beep (2011) and One Man (2016). The Noise of Engines is his first feature film.
Born in Campania, Italy, in 1976. He directed the documentaries Il Passaggio della Linea (2007), Napoli 24 (2010) and Il Silenzio di Pelesjan (2011). The Mouth of the Wolf (2009, 35th Mostra) received the Caligari Film Award, given for thematic or stylistic innovation in film in the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival. Marcello has also directed Lost and Beautiful (2015) and Martin Eden (2019), which was rewarded at Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Born in Colombia in 1964. She graduated in film directing from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma, in Paris, France. Priscila has more than 20 years of experience in the field of documentary films. She has directed movies like Las Mujeres por la Paz y Contra la Guerra (2004), Como Volver a Nacer (2005), Los Huéspedes de la Guerra (2006), Nacimos el 31 de Diciembre (2011) and The Eternal Night of Twelve Moons (2013).
He is an artist and filmmaker born in China in 1977. Jiongjiong made his directorial debut in 2010 with the documentary feature Madame. His second feature, the experimental documentary Mr. Zhang Believes (2015), premiered at Locarno International Film Festival. A New Old Play is his third feature film.
Born in Strasbourg in 1984. After studying philosophy and dramatic arts in France, she studied film at Institute of Media Arts, in Belgium. Her first feature, Baden Baden (2016), was shown at Berlin International Film Festival. In parallel, Rachel graduated as lieutenant from the French army, where she served in the Sahel desert in 2017. Our Men is her second feature film.
Born in Romania in 1977. He graduated in the filmmaking department of media at the University of Bucharest. In 2009, he made his debut in feature films direction with The Happiest Girl in the World. From him, Mostra presented the feature films Aferim! (2015), winner of the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival, Scarred Hearts (2016), winner of Special Jury Prize at Locarno, and I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018), best film at Karlovy Vary.
Born in Romania in 1971. He graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. Muntean directed the fictional features The Rage (2003), The Paper Will Be Blue (2006), Boogie (2008), Tuesday, After Christmas (2010), One Floor Below (2015), and Alice T. (2018), and the documental Vorbitor (2011), co-directed with Alexandru Baciu. His films were presented at film festivals like Cannes, Locarno, Toronto, IndieLisboa and Mar del Plata.
Born in Herat, Afghanistan, in 1978. Ramin Rasouli started his film career in Iran and now resides in the Netherlands. He has made ten short films and two feature films. His debut feature film, Lina, entered the festival circuit in 2017. The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night is his second feature film.
Both brothers were born in Aarberg, Switzerland, in 1982. Ramon studied at the Bern University of the Arts with a focus on video. He went on to take a directing degree at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Silvan studied philosophy, film and German philology at the universities of Bern and Zurich. He took a degree in film production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Their debut feature film, The Strange Little Cat (2013), premiered at the Berlinale and has won several international awards. The Girl and the Spider is the second feature film of the two.
Born in Tehran in 1981. He studied English language and has been involved in film journalism. Dormishian was an assistant director to some prestigious Iranian filmmakers like Dariush Mehrjui and Alireza Davoudnejad. He made feature films like Hatred (2012), I’m Not Angry! (2014, 38th Mostra), presented at the Berlinale’s Panorama section, Lantouri (2016, 40th Mostra) and White
Chairs (2017, 41st Mostra).
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was part of the Berlinale Talents program in 2008 and made the short films Moon Fairy (2009), Raising Flames (2014) and Remnants of Men (2016). Salt in Our Waters is his first feature film.
Italian-Nicaraguan documentary filmmaker Roberto Salinas is a director, writer, producer, and director of photography. He previously made The Troublemaker, Behind the Scenes at the United Nations (2014). Cuban Dancer is his second feature film.
Born in Portugal in 1978. He studied audiovisual at the Portuguese Catholic University and later specializing in film at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. He has produced and co-produced films, including for authors such as Edgar Pêra, João Canijo and F.J. Ossang, and he was responsible for the cinema production for the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture. Areias directed feature films like Thebes (2007), Hay Road (2012), 1960 (2013), Ornament and Crime (2015), Blue Breath (2018) and Surdine (2019) and Down By Life (2020), all of them presented at Mostra.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1968. Plá studied cinema in Mexico City. His feature debut, the thriller The Zone (2007, 31st Mostra), won best debut at the Venice Film Festival. The Desert Within (2008), his second feature, was exhibited at the 32nd Mostra and was the closing film at the Critics Week at Cannes. He also made a segment of collective film Revolución (2010, 34th Mostra) and the features The Delay (2012, 36th Mostra), awarded at Berlinale, and A Monster with a Thousand Heads (2015). Laura Santullo was born in Montevideo in 1970. She is an awarded novelist and screenwriter, and made the screenplay of all the feature films directed by Rodrigo Plá. The Other Tom is her feature film directorial debut.
Born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1978, and grew up in a small village in the north of his country. He moved to Berlin and worked for several years as a sound engineer and, in 2006, he took up a film degree at the University of Cinema, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work encompasses documentary, fiction, experimental short films and video installations. Trocker’s debut feature film, The Eremites (2016), premiered at Venice Film Festival. Human Factors is his second feature film.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1944. Studied cinema and television in Brussels, Belgium, and returned to Portugal in 1974. He directed the documentaries Deus, Pátria, Autoridade (2nd Mostra) and The Good People of Portugal, awarded best film with the Public and Critics Prize at the 4th Mostra. From 1982 on, he directed several films, mostly documentaries, and developed educational activities of audiovisual and multimedia training. Simões also directed the short films Os Meus Espelhos (2004) and Viagem a Madrid (2007), as well as the features Streets of Sorrow (2008, 32nd Mostra), Cova da Moura Island (2010, 34th Mostra), Alto Bairro (2014) and A Casa (2017).
Born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1978. He worked in the film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film programme at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film, Passion (2008), was screened at San Sebastian Film Festival. Hamaguchi made, among others, the features Happy Hour (2015), special mention at Locarno Film Festival, and Asako I & II (2018). He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2020.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1981. She first studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005, Salomé was awarded with a British Council scholarship to study documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, at University of London. Her first feature film, The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016), was awarded at Visions du Reél and presented at many other film festivals. Taming the Garden is her second feature film.
Born in 1981, Samuel Barbosa has a graduate degree in audiovisual, arts and communication from the Escola Superior Artística do Porto, in Portugal, as well as a master’s degree in digital arts, from the École Européenne de L’Image, in France. Around Rocha’s Table is his first feature film.
Spanish filmmakers, Helena Girón born in Santiago de Compostela, in 1988, and Samuel M. Delgado in Tenerife in 1987. They co-directed the short films Sin Dios ni Santa María (2015), Montañas Ardientes que Vomitan Fuego (2016), Plus Ultra (2017) and Irmandade (2019), presented at film festivals like Rotterdam, Toronto and Locano. Together, they have also produced visual installations. They Carry Death is their first feature film.
Sandra works as director, photographer, documentary filmmaker, visual artist and media activist. Founder and director of Vagaluzes Filmes and Imagem.desejo, she made, among others, the medium-length films Cultura de Engenho (2017) and Nhandereko, Comida e Educação (2020), in addition to the features Percepção de Risco (2009) and Rendas no Ar (2014).
Born in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1976. After studying philosophy and painting, Meise went to the Filmacademy Vienna. His first feature film, Still Life (2011), was presented at film festivals like San Sebastián, Diagonale and Rotterdam. He also made the documentary Outing (2012). He is co-founder of the Vienna based production company FreibeuterFilm.
Born in Usak, Turkey, in 1990. He is a filmmaker and studied directing at Columbia University, in New York, where he taught a fiction filmmaking course. He also graduated in law at Istanbul Bilgi University. Nacar produced the film Belonging (2019), presented at 43rd Mostra. Between Two Dawns is his first feature film.
Born in Turkey in 1963. He graduated in cinema and television from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dokuz Eylül University. Kaplanoğlu was the scriptwriter and director of the TV series Sehnaz Tango. He directed feature films like Away from Home (2001), Egg (2007, 31st Mostra), Milk (2008, 32nd Mostra), Honey (2010), winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Grain (2017, 41st Mostra), winner of best film at the Tokyo Film Festival, and Commitment Asli (2019).
Born in Wuhan, China, in 1987. She works as a filmmaker and producer in Chicago, USA. She made her debut, Out of Focus, in 2014. She also made the awarded features Another Year (2016), best film at Visions du Réel, and Present.Perfect (2019), winner of the Tiger Award of best film at Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1986. He studied audiovisual communication at Universidad de Antioquia. In 2014, he finished the MA in filmmaking from the London Film School. His graduation film, Leidi (2014), won the short film Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival. Amparo is his first feature film.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1974. She graduated in communication sciences from Lisbon’s Nova University. In 2006, she founded Terratreme Filmes, one of the most important production companies of the new Portuguese cinema, responsible for films such as Ama-San (2016), by Adriana Varejão, The Nothing Factory (2017), by Pedro Pinho, Campo (2018, 43rd Mostra), by Tiago Hespanha, and The End of the World (2019, 43rd Mostra), by Basil da Cunha, exhibited and awarded at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam and London. As a director, in addition to short and medium-length films, Susana made the features Active Life (2014) and Ordinary Time (2018), this one presented at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Born in 1986, Tang Yu-qiang graduated from the Beijing Film Academy with a master degree in screenwriting and film theory. He has been working as a screenwriter and director, and has created several short films. The Wheat is his debut feature film.
Born in 1972, she is a Mexican-El Salvadoran filmmaker graduated from the CCC Film Training Center, in Mexico, and has a masters degree in creative documentary from the Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona. She made the documentary features The Tiniest Place (2011), awarded at film festivals like Lima, Mar del Plata and Visions du Reél, and Tempestad (2016), presented at Berlinale. Prayers for the Stolen is her first fictional feature.
Born in 1977 and grew up in Denmark and Saudi Arabia. She studied film at New York University and at the Danish alternative film school Super16. Tea has directed some short movies and created the TV series Equinox. As in Heaven is her first feature film.
Born in Sysmä, Finland, in 1975. He has directed numerous shorts, music videos and commercials, and made his feature debut with Simo Times Three (2012), followed up by Lovemilla (2015), based on the popular Finnish TV dramedy of the same name, of which he has directed several episodes. Nikki also made Euthanizer (2017, 41st Mostra), which was the official Finnish Oscar entry for the Academy Awards, and Nimby (2020, 44th Mostra).
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982. She made short films screened and awarded at film festivals around the world, such as L (2011), which received a special mention at Berlinale. Thais also wrote the screenplay of the movie A Cidade Onde Envelheço (2016), by Marília Rocha, and for the television series Terrores Urbanos and Onisciente. The Joy of Things is her debut in feature films direction.
Thiago B. Mendonça is a Brazilian film director, screenwriter and film critic. He directed several short films, such as Pio`s Movie (2012), A Guerra dos Gibis (2012), Worlds on Edge (2015), Procura-se Irenice (2016) and Belos Carnavais (2020), in addition to the feature films Young and Miserable (2016) and A Film of Cinema (2017).
He is a multimedia artist, documentary filmmaker, writer, composer and environmental activist. Cóstackz belongs to the Potiguara Ibirapi indigenous people, of the Ceará-Mirim Valley, in Northeastern Brazil. He is also an LGBTQIA+ rights activist and member of C2H - Cóstackz & Hjörvar, musical duo that forms with the Icelandic musician Hjörvar Hjörleifsson.
Born in New Providence, USA, in 1966. He began his career as an actor, and has appeared in films like Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and in television series, such as The Wire. McCarthy made his debut as director with the feature film The Station Agent (2003), awarded at Sundance Film Festival. After that, he directed films like The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011) and Spotlight (2015), which won the Academy Award for best picture and gave him the Academy Award for best original screenplay.
Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming Liang moved to Taiwan in 1977. He is one of the most prominent film directors of Taiwan’s new cinema movement. He directed films such as Vive l’Amour (1994), Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival; The River (1997, 21st Mostra), Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; The Hole (1998), Critics’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; What Time is it There? (2001, 26th Mostra); The Skywalk Is Gone (2002, 27th Mostra); Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, 27th Mostra), The Wayward Cloud (2004) and Stray Dogs (2013), Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and Days (2020, 44th Mostra). He has also directed Aquarium, a segment of the feature Welcome to São Paulo (2004), produced by Mostra. He has also directed the feature Face (2009), on invitation of the Louvre Museum.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1988. He studied at theatre and communication departments at Ankara University. Tastan made some short movies, such as Bir Kelime (2013) and Showcase (2014). You Me Lenin is his first feature film.
Born in 1978. He studied at Béla Tarr’s Filmfactory in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, having as mentors, among others, Tilda Swinton, Gus Van Sant, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jóhannsson lives and works in Iceland, where he directed the short movie Dolor (2008). Lamb is his first feature film.
Born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, in 1971. He graduated from the National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television of Karpenko-Kary, in Ukraine, as cinematographer and documentary filmmaker, as well as from The Wajda School, in Poland. Vasyanovych was the director of photography of The Tribe (2014, 38th Mostra), by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi. He made the documentary Crepuscule (2014) and the fiction feature films Business as Usual (2012), Kredens (2013), Black Level (2017) and Atlantis (2019), winner the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo Film Festival and the prize of best film at the Horizons section of Venice International Film Festival.
Born in Estonia in 1972. His first feature film, Autumn Ball (2007), won the Horizons Award at Venice Film Festival. He also made the features The Temptation of St. Tony (2009), Free Range/Ballad on Approving of the World (2013) and Roukli (2015), presented and awarded at film festivals like Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, Tallinn Black Nights, Karlovy Vary and Tokyo.
She is an Australian writer, director and producer. Victoria wrote and directed the short movie Miro (2016) and the television movie Eldest of None (2013). The Flood is her first feature film.
Born in Rennes, France, in 1986. He graduated from the school La Fémis in film directing and is the co-founder of the production company Stank, with which he made his various projects, such as the medium-length film Le Gouffre (2016), awarded at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. Le Port directed the feature films Moussem les Morts (2010), with Jean-Baptiste Alazard, and Dieu et le Raté (2017).
Born in Brittany, France, in 1980. He joined the direction department of the school La Fémis in 2006. During his studies, Cardona directed the short film Coucou-les-Nuages (2010), second prize of the Cinéfondation at Cannes Film Festival. Magnetic Beats is his first feature film.
Born in Slovenia in 1958. He has graduated in theatre directing and he has published dozens of books and directed theatre and opera performances. His filmography includes the features Suburbs (2004) and Landscape No. 2 (2008), both presented in Venice Film Festival, and Inferno (2014), screened at the Busan Film Festival. Möderndorfer also wrote and directed works for Slovenian television.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1956. In 1991, he directed his first feature film, High Art (1991, 15th Mostra). He was a member of the 19th Mostra’s International Jury, in 1995. In partnership with Daniela Thomas, he directed Foreign Land (1995), Midnight (1998, 23rd Mostra), a segment of Paris, I Love You (2006, 30th Mostra) and Linha de Passe (2008, 37th Mostra). Salles is also the director of Central Station (1998), winner of Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, Behind the Sun (2001), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), On the Road (2012) and Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang (2014, 38th Mostra). At the 41st Mostra, Salles exhibited the short movie When the Earth Trembles, part of the feature film Where Has the Time Gone? (2017). He produced, among others, Madame Satã (2002), Love for Sale (2006) and Habi, the Foreigner (2013), all of them screened at Mostra.
Born in Houston, USA, in 1969. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. His first movie was the short Bottle Rocket (1994), which became a feature two years later with the same title. His next features were Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Isle of Dogs (2018). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards.
He began his career as an actor and theater director. In 2012, Manca directed his first short film, Le Sac, which was presented in several film festivals. He also made Hedi & Sarah (2017) and Red Star (2020), which was presented at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. La Traviata, My Brothers and I is his first feature film.
Born in Kobe, Japan, in 1978. He studied at the Nihon University College of Art. Harumoto gained his first experience in cinema in the directing department at Shochiku Kyoto Studio. After that, he also worked on several historical films and series. His debut feature film, Going the Distance (2016), was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival. A Balance is his second feature film.
Born in Ravenna, Italy, in 1972. As a visual artist, he worked with a continuous mingling of documentary cinema and contemporary art. Directed several shorts that were screened both in important festivals and museums. His first feature film, the documentary The Challenge (2016, 41st Mostra), won the Special Jury Prize of the Filmmakers of the Present section at Locarno Film Festival. Atlantide is his second feature film.
Born in Osaka, Japan. He started producing short movies and web videos while continuing his activities as an actor. In the following years, he directed four short films and three episodes of the limited series Tarinaoshi (2020). Two on the Edge is his first feature film.
Born in Liège, Belgium, in 1968. He graduated in journalism from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Hinant joined the Strip-Tease series team in 1984, which is a documentary series produced and directed by Jean Libon and Marco Lamensch. He made several telefilms and documentaries for the Belgian TV programme Tout ça ne Nous Rendra Pas le Congo. His first feature, So Help Me God (2018), directed along with Jean Libon, won the Jury special mention at San Sebastián Film Festival.
Born in Finland in 1977 and studied at Helsinki School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design. She directed some short movies and the feature films Last Cowboy Standing (2009), The Good Son (2011), Miami (2017) and Maria’s Paradise (2019, 43rd Mostra).
Born in the Hebei Province, China, in 1990. At age 18, he went to Beijing and started working as a security guard and also a martial arts stuntman in film and TV series production. Despite the lack of a professional background, Zhang has become an independent filmmaker. No One In The North is his first feature film.
Born in 1988, she is a German director, who studied at German Film and Television Academy Berlin and Columbia University. Zora worked at the Roy Andersson films A Pigeon Sat on a Branch (2014, 38th Mostra) and About Endlessness (2019) as casting director. She made the short films Safe Space (2014) and What Happens in Your Brain if You See a German Word Like...? (2015). Second Thoughts is her first feature film.