Born on 1957 in Tehran.
Is one of the main representatives of Iranian cinema’s nouvelle vague. Fighting for democracy he faced imprisonment at the age of 17 and spent nearly 5 years in prison. After his release he continued his struggle in search of democracy and equality through his activities in literature and in his films. He is the writer of 30 literary and story books and directed 30 feature, short and documentaries in 10 different countries. He has received over 50 reputable international awards from prestigious film festival across the world including Cannes,Venice, Locarno... He has Kandahar received the oecumenical prize at Cannes. In 1990, Abbas Kiarostami, father figure of Iranian cinema, made Mohsen Makhmalbaf the central character in his film Close up. Besides films and literature, he has been always active as a human right activist in Iran and Afghanistan.
The president, his last film, was the the opening film of the Orizzonti section at the 71st Venice Film Festival
Having been involved with the La Rochelle Film Festival
in various capacities since 1977, Prune Engler, as of 2002,
is now the Festival’s director. Alongside various casting
roles, since 1985, she has also sat on a number of grant commissions for France’s National Centre for Film and Moving Image (first and second nominating committees for the avances sur recettes grant, short film grants, distribution grants: vice president since 2009). She was on the jury of the Istanbul Film Festival, the juries of the Riga and Fribourg Film Festivals as well as being vice president of the National Education Prize at Cannes in 2008, and in 2009, sitting on the juries of the Trieste Rouen and Créteil (France) festivals. For almost as long as she can remember, the cinema auditorium has been her favourite home from home.
© Nicola Lo Calzo / courtesy l’agence à Paris
For over 45 years, Patrick Chauvel has been photographing almost all of the wars and conflicts that have blighted our world, from the Vietnam War to the troubles of Northern Ireland, from Mozambique to Angola, Lebanon, Iran, the former Yugoslavia and Chechnya. He has also directed a number of documentaries and is the author of three stories that draw on his experience as a key witness to these historic events: Rapporteur de guerre, Sky and Les Pompes de Riccardo Jesus. He
has received a number of awards, among them the highly prestigious World Press Photo award in 1995. He recently co- ordinated the publication of Ceux du Nord, co-published by Les Arènes in association with his Foundation, which, through 140 previously unseen photographs taken by photo journalists from North Vietnam between 1966 and 1975, gives an insight into the Vietnam War as seen from their perspective.
Born in Dakar, Senegal. When not working on his own creations, he collaborates on screenwriting projects and teaches at various universities in Lebanon. He has directed six features: Beyrouth fantôme - 1998 (selected at the Three Continents Festival in Nantes and in the independent cinema section at Cannes, as well as several other international film festivals), Terra incognita - 2002 (selected
in particular at the “Un Certain Regard” section/Cannes ; Le dernier homme - 2006 (selected, among others, at Locarno and «Tous les cinémas du monde» section at Cannes 2007), 1958 - 2009 (FID Marseille, Locarno, and other international film festivals); and La Montagne - 2011 (FID Marseille, the Toronto International Film Festival and other international film festivals), LaVallée – 2013 (Toronto International Film Festival) – as well as several short films and videos. In 2010, the La Rochelle Film Festival paid tribute to him... He is also the author of a book entitled “Fragments du Livre du naufrage” (2012, Amers Editions) and several articles in specialist periodicals.
Trained at France’s ENSATT performing arts school, for the past fifteen years, actress Anne Girouard has been treading the boards of theatre stages and TV and film studios alike.
On stage, she excels at all roles, working under mentors such as Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman, Claudia Stavisky and Anne-Laure Liégeois. In film, she has starred in works by Gérard Krawczyk, Alain Corneau and Dominique Farrugia. Her embodiment of Queen Guinevere in Alexandre Astier’s TV Series Kaamelott made her a household name.This fame has been taken to new heights with her leading role alongside Vincent Elbaz in French TV series No Limit.