Ani Simon-Kennedy - Director
Born in New York, Ani Simon-Kennedy was raised in Paris in a bilingual family. Graduating from New York University in 2008, she started working on both independent and studio ﬁlms in New York and in Paris. In 2010, she attended the Masters Year Program at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. Her short ﬁlm ''Sea Full of Hooks'' was selected for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner and was screened at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. During her year at the Prague Film School, Ani Simon-Kennedy collaborated on several ﬁlms with cinematographer Cailin Yatsko. In 2011, Ani Simon-Kennedy and Yatsko founded Bicephaly Pictures, a production company based in NYC, that specializes in short narratives, fashion ﬁlms, music videos and web series. ''Days of Gray'' is their first feature film.
Days of Gray
Cailin Yatsko - Producer
Cailin Yatsko is a cinematographer currently based in New York City. After growing up in Arkansas, she attended school in Michigan and the Czech Republic. In 2011, she created Bicephaly Pictures, a NYC production company, with director Ani Simon-Kennedy. "Days of Gray", a dystopian coming-of-age story, is her first feature film both as director of photography and producer.
Days of Gray
Daniel Patrick Carbone
Daniel Patrick Carbone - Director
Born in New Jersey in the USA in 1984, Daniel Patrick Carbone is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, currently residing in Brooklyn, NYC. In 2008, he received the Warner Bros. Film Award and multiple NYU First Run Film Festival awards for his short, "Feral“. In 2012, he was selected for the IFP Narrative Labs, Emerging Visions program, and the New York Film Festival’s Artists Academy for his debut feature film, "Hide Your Smiling Faces“. The film took the top prize at the US-in-Progress section of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland and had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013.
Eddy la Gooyatsh et Alex Toucourt
Ukulele Machin Truc Orchester - Musicians
Since the Royal Hawaiian Quartet surprised its audience at a concert in San Francisco by introducing the ukulele (this was in 1915), the instrument has made a reputation for itself as it was put to use by Mickey Mouse and Marylyn Monroe. Fascinated by Andy Iona and the Hawaiian songs of the 1930s but equally seduced by jazz standards and Cuban music, the two crooners in flower shirts, Eddy la Gooyatsh et Alex Toucourt, created the Ukulele Machin Truc Orchester in order to perform the soft and languorous melodies from Polynesia in their own way.
Present at the opening night 28 /02
Fernand Fox - Actor
Fernand Fox is a Luxembourgish actor, who was born on 26 January in 1934 in Bollendorf-Pont. After finishing school, he began working as an accountant. In the evenings, he lived a life of greater freedom in the more liberal-minded world of theater where he did not have to hide his homosexuality. In 1956 he was on stage for the first time. For ten years he was a member of the "Lëtzebuerger Theater" (1959-1969) and later the “Théâtre des Casemates” (1972-1989). In 1968 he began starring in sketch comedies for the Luxembourgish TV show“Hei Elei Kuck Elei”. Many Luxembourgers also remember him for the "La Luxembourgeoise" commercials. In the early 1980s he opened the cafe "Theaterstuff" where he worked until retirement, while regularly acting with the “Théâtre des Capucins” (1987-2005), the "TOL" and the “Théâtre du Centaure”. In 2011, he was on stage the last time reading Shakespeare's "King Lear". Fernand Fox also worked for the cinema, appearing amongst others in several RTL produced movies, some films by Andy Bausch and a few short movies.
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson - Producer
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making career with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which became for a time Iceland's most important production company. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition and critical acclaim with his second feature ”Children of Nature” (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. Fridriksson's films have a strong rooting in Icelandic culture often depicting characters at the crossroads of tradition and modernity.
Hjaltalín - Musicians
Hjaltalín is an Icelandic group that was founded in 2004, when a handful of high school students decided to take part in a songwriting competition. After the success of the song "Goodbye July/Margt að ugga" on the Icelandic radio, the group went to the studio and recorded their debut album, "Sleepdrunk Seasons". Its release in late 2007 sparked nationwide attention and awards. At the same time, the group began to play abroad and the year of 2009 was largely spent on tours all around Europe. In the autumn of 2012, the group made the score to the silent movie "Days of Gray", which will receive its international premiere in 2013. Hjaltalín has now completed their third album, "Enter 4", which was released in Iceland in December, 2012.
On 6/03 from 20h at the Abbey Neumünster
Jean Regnaud - Screenwriter for animation films
Jean Regnaud writes screenplays for animation films. He has worked for numerous television series (The Little Vampire, Mouk, Ariol, etc.). Together with Stéphane Bernasconi he is the co-author of the screenplay of "Ma maman est en Amérique". In addition, he also writes comic books (with Emile Bravo, he has already published 5) and children's books (with Aude Picault).
Jones - Directors
Jones is a two-person collective from London. ‘’Everyone's Going to Die’’ is their first feature. Their next project is titled ‘’Firebird’’ and it has 'some tonal similarities with this film. It’s a story about a circus performer who loses an eye and then finds out nobody likes him,' according to Jones.
Jordan Bailey-Hoover - Co-producer
Jordan Bailey-Hoover was raised in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York in 2004. She graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at New York University in 2007. While at NYU, she assisted on Daniel Patrick Carbone’s thesis film, Feral. From 2007-2009, she worked in advocacy and public programming for an international human rights organization in New York. In 2009, she was unit production manager on A Little Closer, which had its international premiere at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Since 2011, she has worked in a variety of roles for New York University, both in Abu Dhabi and in New York. Jordan is also currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. She lives in Brooklyn.
Since 1975, Luc and his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne have produced some 60 documentaries with their production workshop Dérives. In the 1970s, they shot activist videos in several workers’ housing tracts in Wallonia and later they directed documentaries about social issues. In the 1990, they moved on to fiction films and founded the production company Les Films du Fleuve. They won recognition in 1995 in Cannes at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs with “The Promise”. In 1999 and 2005, « Rosetta » and « L’enfant » both won the Palme d’Or. Their latest film “The Kid With a Bike” received the Grand Jury Award in Cannes, the European Film Award for best screenplay and a nomination at the Golden Globes. Luc Dardenne runs a writing workshop at the Université libre in Brussels and has published two books: “Au dos de nos images” and “Sur l’Affaire humaine”.
Luc Dardenne will honor us with a MASTERCLASS on 1st March.
Mariana Rondón - Director
Director, screenwriter and visual artist Mariana Rondón was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. After studying Animated Film in Paris, she graduated from the Cuban Film School EICTV. Her films “At Midnight And A Half” (1999, codirected by Marité Ugás) and “Postcards From Leningrad” (2007) participated in many international festivals and received numerous awards in Tokyo, Rotterdam, Seattle, Biarritz and Sao Paulo amongst others. In Plastic Arts, her installation “You Came With the Breeze” was exhibited in Caracas, México City, Puebla, Gijón, Lima, Santiago, and in Beijing as part of the Olympics Cultural Project, 2008.
Marianne Lamour - Director
Marianne Lamour films the end of the world as well as the corner of the street. Throughout her career she has portrayed, with benevolence and sensibility, lives, places, and social phenomena. Some of her films have taken her around the world; more intimate works, dealing with daily life, brought her to the fashion world, amongst the victims of traumatic brain injury and to Lorraine at the time of the closure of the last iron mine.
Marité Ugás - Producer
Born in Lima, Peru, Marité Ugas graduated at the first generation of EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión), Cuba. Her first short films were awarded worldwide. AT MIDNIGHT AND A HALF (2000), received several Opera Prima Awards. THE KID WHO LIES, (2011) was premiered at Berlinale-Generation and received international awards. She is now preparing her new project entitled “CONTACTEE”, to be shot in 2015. As a producer, her most recent release was PELO MALO. (Golden Shell San Sebastián and 15 more international awards)
Michel Gondry - Director
Film director Michel Gondry was born in 1963 in Versailles, France. He started his career with commercials and music videos. One of his first commercials, Levis' "Drugstore" (1994), garnered the Lion D'Or at the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time. In 1993 Gondry met pop singer Björk, commencing one of his longest and most successful professional creative relationships, while also collaborating with such wide-ranging artists as The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and Paul McCartney. “Human Nature” (2001), Gondry's first film, premiered at Cannes and Sundance. 2004 marked the release of Gondry's much-lauded “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. This was the second collaboration between Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman. Together with cowriter Pierre Bismuth they won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Since then, Gondry has directed several feature films: “The science of Sleep” (2006); “Be Kind Rewind” (2008); “The Green Hornet” (2011) and ”The We and the I “(2012). Adapted from Boris Vian’s novel “Froth on the Daydream”, his latest film “Mood Indigo“(L’Ecume des jours) has just received three nominations at the César Awards 2014.
Pacho Velez - Director
Pacho Velez's filmmaking sits at the intersection of ethnography, structuralism, and political documentary. His films, though shot in different countries and using distinct formal strategies, each share a preoccupation with local responses to the broad changes wrought by globalization.
In 2010, Pacho completed his MFA at CalArts. He now works and teaches between New York and Boston. He is a visiting professor at Bard College, a fellow at the Harvard Film Study Center and an affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. His new film, MANAKAMANA (co-directed with Stephanie Spray, produced by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) premiered this summer and won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. His previous film and theater work have been featured worldwide.
Philippe Maynial - Producer
After spending 21 years at Gaumont, including 10 years as a Director of International Sales, Philippe Maynial founded the company Sopadin. At the same time he created the Sopadin Award for Best Screenplay. Through "Babylone Productions", he co-produced two films: "El Gusto" (2012) by Safinez Bousbia tells the story of an Algerian band that was separated during the War of Independence and got together again through music 50 years later and Marianne Lamours’ "The Art Rush" (2013) deals with the globalized contemporary art market.
Pierre Dulaine - Main character
Pierre Dulaine was born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1944. In 1948 his parents had to flee the troubles leaving their home behind for the creation of the state of Israel. After 8 months of wandering around first in Cyprus, then in England and Ireland, Pierre’s family settled in Amman, Jordan. In 1956, because of the problems in Egypt and the Suez Canal, Pierre’s parents had to flee yet again, leaving everything behind. The family resettled in Birmingham, England, where one year later at the age of 14, Pierre began his dancing career. By the time Pierre was 18 he took his Associate Degree as a professional dancer. And at 21, he took his three major exams in Ballroom, Latin and Olde Tyme all in one day, a feat that had not been accomplished before. Finally, Pierre signed on as a cruise director on a ship sailing out of New York City to the Caribbean Islands. In 1972, “I got off of the cruise ship thinking I would be in New York City for a two-week holiday but I got a job at an Arthur Murray dance studio and I have been in New York ever since.” Pierre has been called a “Dancer and Teacher extraordinaire" by the New York Times and has received the Astaire Award for "Best Dancing on Broadway" in Grand Hotel. He has been a faculty member of both the School of American Ballet and the Juilliard School.
Born in 1979 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Rotem Kainan graduated from the Nissan Nativ Acting Academy in Tel Aviv in 2005.He is a member and co-founder of the “Tziporela”-theatre ensemble, mixing slapstick, nonsense, music and choreography in their wildly acclaimed hilarious shows..So far he appeared in three feature films “Big Bad Wolves”(2013), “Epilogue”(2012) and The Exchange” (2011) for which he was awarded Best Acting Performance at the Haifa International Film Festival.
Serge Kaganski - Journalist
After dedicating his youth to movies and rock’n’ roll Serge Kaganski studied Public Law and Political Science. In 1986, he co-founded the magazine "Les Inrockuptibles", for which he worked from 1986-90 as a correspondent in Los Angeles. Back in Paris, he wrote for the same magazine on the subjects of cinema and literature. When "Les Inrockuptibles" changed to weekly, he became associate editor and later deputy director, in charge of cinema. At the same time, he appeared from 1995 to 2004 on the radio show "Le masque et la plume" (France-Inter) and the tv-shows "Le Cercle de Minuit " (France 2), . "Rive droite, rive gauche" and "Balance à Paris " (Paris Première) as well as " Cinémas " (France5) . Kaganski is the author of several books about cinema and has made DVD bonus content for numerous films by Gus van Sant, Jacques Doillon, Michael Moore, Elia Suleiman, Pedro Costa and Marin Karmitz. Since 2009, Serge Kaganski is a member of the editorial committee of "Les Inrocks " and also continues working as an editor , columnist, journalist and film critic.
Serge Kaganski will present Luc Dardenne's Masterclass.
Stephan Lacant - Director
Born in Essen in Germany in 1972, Stephan Lacant grew up in the Ruhr region. He studied theatre, film and television in Bochum and Cologne and later directing at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York and at the NY Film Academy. He has also participated in a Frank Daniel screenwriting seminar, a directing seminar with Judith Weston, the International Filmschule (IFS) screenwriting programs in Cologne and, in 2003, the Berlinale Talent Campus. His short and documentary films have screened at various international festivals. He currently lives and works as a screenwriter and director in Berlin.
Uzi Geffenblad - Director
Uzi Geffenblad is a musician, composer, screenwriter, director and producer. He also studied Psychology and Children’s Culture at the Stockholm University. In the early 80’s he worked as a classical French horn player in orchestras and theaters. Since 1988 he has been working with films and since 1991 mainly animated films. From 1998-2001 Uzi was Chairman of FFAF (The Swedish Association for Animated Films). He’s occasionally lecturing about screenwriting, sound and production of animated films in various schools in Sweden. Together with Lotta Geffenblad he has directed the 46 minutes cut-out film ”Among the thorns”, the short animations ”Apricots” and ”Aston’s Stones” and the current stop-motion series ”Spot and Splodge”.