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Clémence Poésy is a French actress, born on 30th November 1982. As the daughter of a theater director, she had a first experience as an actress at the age of 14. She then worked for TV and the cinema before going to England, where she was cast in several films. In 2005, she was cast in the role of of a French witch in the Harry Potter franchise. Clémence Poésy returned home to take on roles in "Pièce montée" and "Le Grand Meaulnes". But she also continues appearing in American productions such as "In Bruges" or "127 Hours". In 2011 she was a member of the jury at the 23rd Festival Premiers Plans in Angers. After a guest appearance in the fourth season of "Gossip Girl," she took over the lead role in the French television series" Tunnel"(Canal+).
Emily Atef was born in Berlin to French and Iranian parents. She grew up in Los Angeles, France, and London before moving back to Berlin to study film directing at the DFFB German Film Academy. Her first feature film ''Molly's Way'' received many International awards, including the Grand Jury Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina. ''The Stranger in Me'' was critically acclaimed and had its world Premiere at the “Semaine de la Critique” at the Cannes Film Festival while ''Kill Me'', a German/French road movie, won Best European Film at the Bradford International Film Festival. Emily Atef lives in Berlin and is currently working on a feature film about ''3 days in the life of Romy Schneider life''.
Born in Luxembourg, Frank Hoffmann obtained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg on the subject “Michel Foucault and the theatrical work of Jean Genet”. In 1988, he began teaching mise-en-scène at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. As a freelance stage director, he worked among others in Berlin, Paris, Cologne and Stockholm. His feature film “Schacko Klak” (codirected with Paul Kieffer) earned him the Best Film Award at the Teheran Film Festival (Iran) in 1991. In 1990, he was elected “best young director of the year” by the German magazine “Theater Heute” and in 1995 he received the Lion Prize for his complete theatrical work. With the support of the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Frank Hoffmann founded the Théâtre National du Luxembourg in 1996 and has been its managing director ever since. Since 2005, he is also the artistic director of one of the most prestigious European theatre festivals: The “Ruhr Festival Recklinghausen”. Frank Hoffmann directed more than a hundred plays and opera (Heidelberg, Basel, Kassel, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Bonn, Saarbrucken, Paris, Luxembourg, ...) His latest feature film “Les Brigands”, with Maximilian Schell, will be released in September 2014.
Kate Ó Toole
Kate O’Toole trained as a dramaturg at the Yale School of Drama before turning to acting. She lives in Ireland where she is an award winning actress known for her work in theatre, television, radio and film. Her career began with John Huston's adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead", her most recent performance was in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. TV work includes "The Tudors and Titanic: Blood & Steel". Kate also writes for the leading Irish and UK newspapers and has been a regular panelist on RTÉ television's weekly cultural review programme, "The View". She is board chairwoman of Ireland's largest film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and a member on the Irish Film Board.
Lucinda Syson is a renowned casting director who worked for British but also American productions such as ”Batman Begins” , “V for Vendetta”, “Children of Men”, “X Men: First Class”, “A Good Day to Die Hard”, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”. She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. She took part in the discussion panel on casting at last year’s Luxembourg City Film Festival.