Maïwenn

Born in 1976 in a Parisian suburb, Maïwenn Le Besco, by her stage name Maïwenn, began acting at a very young age, her first major role being at the age of 6, in L’été meurtrier / One Deadly Summer ( 1983), by Jean Becker, with Isabelle Adjani. Ten years later he had a role in Léon (1994), alongside Natalie Portman. For the general public, the role that consecrated her was the unforgettable appearance of Diva Plavalaguna in Besson’s international hit, The Fifth Element (1997). Roles followed in mainstream films such as High Tension / Haute Tension (2003), but also in Les Parisiens (2004) and Le Courage d’aimer (2005) by Claude Lelouch.

In 2001, Maïwenn created and performed in a very personal one-woman show, Le Pois Chiche/The Chickpea. It inspired her directorial debut, Pardonnez-moi /Forgive Me (2006), in which she also plays the lead role. It was followed by Le bal des actresses / All About Actresses in 2009, a mockumentary in which Maïwenn plays herself as a director, casting a cast that includes Charlotte Rampling, Julie Depardieu, Karin Viard and many other well-known names of French cinema. The 2011 film Polisse brought him the Jury Prize at Cannes and huge success at the box office. In 2015, the film Mon roi/My King, on which he worked for 10 years, was in competition at Cannes. Her next film, ADN / DNA (2020), in which Fanny Ardant is the mother of the character played by Maïwenn, was supposed to premiere at Cannes in 2020, which did not happen due to restrictions related to the Covid 19 pandemic. Jeanne du Barry has opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2023, marking the return of actor Johnny Depp on the Cruise, starring Maïwenn.

Synopsis Jeanne du Barry

Jeanne Vaubernier, the daughter of a seamstress, determined to climb the social ladder, uses her charm to escape poverty in France in the last years before the French Revolution. Her lover, the Comte de Barry, enriched by Jeanne’s amorous intrigues, wants to introduce her to the king and orchestrates a meeting with the help of the influential Duke de Richelieu. The plan works, the king falls in love, and Jeanne becomes the official favorite. It’s just that no one at court wants a street girl to have influence at Versailles.

Lubna Playoust

“Is cinematography a language about to be lost, a dying art?”. Room 999/Chambre 999 is a remake of Wim Wenders’ cult film Room 666/Chambre 666 (1982), which interrogates, one by one, in the same hotel room, 16 great directors of the time about the future of cinema under the threat of television. 40 years later, director Lubna Playoust revisits Wenders’ question in the context of streaming platforms, to 30 of today’s most exciting directors aged 29 to 80, including Wim Wenders, Claire Denis, David Cronenberg , Asghar Farhadi, Alice Rohrwacher, Olivier Assayas and others.

Born in Italy, raised in Paris, Lubna Playoust is a French director and actress. Between 2016 and 2019 he studied directing with Abbas Kiarostami in Cuba and Lucrecia Martel in Barcelona, experiences that translated into several short films, available online, including Waltz for Three, in which he stars alongside two mythical actors of the Nouvelle Vague era , Jean-Pierre Marielle and Agathe Natanson. She is the curator of a MK2 streaming platform, her short film The Cormorant / Le Cormoran (2021) was selected at the San Sebastian festival. Room 999 / Chambre 999 is her first feature film.

Catherine Corsini

Catherine Corsini has been a fixture at film festivals since 1999, when her film La Nouvelle Ève was presented at the Berlin Film Festival followed by La Répétition, selected in Official Competition at Cannes in 2001. Her seventh film , Leaving/Partir, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, was a remarkable success in cinemas in France and around the world. It was followed by Three Worlds /Trois Mondes (2012), Summertime/La Belle Saison (2016), a love story between two women in 1970s France, and An Impossible Love / Un Amour Impossible, adapted from Christine Angot’s novel of the same name . Two years later, he made The Divide/La Fracture, a political comedy about the violent protests in France, experienced in the hospital by a woman abandoned by her lover. Catherine Corsini returned to competition at Cannes in 2023 with Le Retour, presented at Les Films de Cannes.

Le Retour follows Khédidja, who works for a wealthy Parisian family who sends her to Corsica to look after their children during the summer. She also takes her teenage daughters, Jessica and Farah, with Corsica being the island they left 15 years ago under tragic circumstances. The film is a coming-of-age, emotional and humorous family story that touches and questions the way lies can structure a family.

Delphine Gleize

Delphine Gleize, a native of Saint-Quentin, studied classical literature at Condorcet in Paris, graduating with a master’s degree in modern literature. In 1994, she entered the scriptwriting department of the FEMIS, marking the start of her film career.

She has directed several short films, including “Sale Battars,” which won several awards, including at the Clermont-Ferrand and Angers festivals, and at the 2000 César awards. Among her achievements, “Un Château en Espagne” was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, “Les Méduses” was presented at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2001.

Her first feature, “Carnages,” won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently, she directed “L’Homme qui rêvait d’un enfant,” a feature film released in 2007, starring Darry Cowl and Artus de Penguern, which was selected for international festivals. Delphine Gleize is also a screenwriter for other filmmakers. She recently co-wrote the film “Cet été-là,” directed by Eric Lartigau, to be released in January 2023, starring Marina Foïs, Gael Garcia Bernal and Chiara Mastroianni. She is also finishing co-writing Louis-Julien Petit’s next feature, “L’Histoire de sa vie,” scheduled for release in 2024 and produced by Gaumont.

She is currently working on her next feature film, an adaptation of Clara Dupont Monod’s novel “S’adapter”, published by Stock, due to start shooting next year.

Dana Rogoz

Dana Rogoz is a Romanian actress and public figure. She started her acting career as a child, starring in numerous children’s films and different TV series. In 2008 she graduated the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale”. In 2013 she performed together with Christoph Waltz and Lucas Hedges in “The Zero Theorem” directed by Terry Gilliam. Many other roles followed in theater and film. In 2019 she had the premiere in main competition at Sarajevo Film Festival with the film MO/INDECENCY directed by Radu Dragomir, as the lead actress, a role that brought her several nominations and awards for best actress and also international acclaim. This year she had her debut as a director and scriptwriter with her short film REMOTE [La distanță], which has already been officialy selected in competition at Namur FIFF, Tirana International Film Festival and Nice European Short Film Festival.

În 2013, a cântat împreună cu Christoph Waltz și Lucas Hedges în „The Zero Theorem” regizat de Terry Gilliam. Au urmat multe alte roluri în teatru și film. În 2019 a avut premiera în competiția principală a Festivalul de Film de la Saraievo cu filmul MO/INDECENCY în regia lui Radu Dragomir, ca actriță principală, rol care i-a adus mai multe nominalizări și premii pentru cea mai bună actriță și, de asemenea, aprecieri internaționale.

Anul acesta a debutat ca regizor și scenarist cu scurtmetrajul REMOTE [La distanță], care a fost deja selectat oficial în competiție la Namur FIFF, Festivalul Internațional de Film de la Tirana și Festivalul european de scurtmetraj de la Nisa.

Catrinel Dănăiață

Catrinel Dănăiăță lect. Univ. Dr. at the National University of Theater and Cinematography “I.L. Caragiale”, Bucharest – Faculty of Film (Film Directing Department, production) graduated in 2006 with the specialization in Film and TV Directing at the National University of Theater and Cinematography “I.L. Caragiale” – Bucharest.

In 2015, her debut film “Dublu” was selected at the Sarajevo Film Festival – CineLink Work in Progress Sessions and in 2016 “Dublu” had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the East of the West – Competition. “Dublu” circulated in several film festivals both in the country and abroad, it had three nominations at the Gopo Awards Gala (Best Debut Film, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role), a nomination at the UCIN Awards Gala – Opera Prima Debut Award “Alexandru Tatos” and was distributed by both Romanian and foreign TV stations.

In 2017 Catrinel won the award for the best director in the international section at the Terra di Siena Film Festival.

Catrinel is a member of the European Film Academy, Dacin Sara and UCIN.

In September 2023 the short film I’M OK WITH YOUR LAST WISH directed by her, won the ex aequo International Short Award at the 27th Terra di Siena International Film Festival.

Anamaria Marinca

Anamaria Marinca is a Romanian stage and screen actress who played main characters in award-winning television and film productions such as Sex Traffic (2005) and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007). Throughout her career, she has moved effortlessly between authorial films and blockbuster studio productions. Her latest screen appearances were in Ghost in the Shell,  Nico,1988 (Orizzonti Award in Venice 2017), You Won’t Be Alone (which premiered in Sundance 2022), Housekeeping for Beginners (Queer Lion in Venice 2023) and in tv series such as Mars, Tin Star and Temple.

Alina Șerban

Alina Șerban is a writer, an actress, film director and the first Roma director whose theatre play “The best child in the world” entered the permanent repertoire of the National Theatre of Bucharest. Alina was the first one in her family to graduate from Highschool. Nevertheless, she succeeded in obtaining a master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art  in London, after having graduated from a term at New York University – Tisch and a BA at the National University of Theatre and Film of Romania. Alina pioneered Roma feminist political theatre in Romania. For the past 14 years, Alina has been using film and theatre against all forms of discrimination in order to create and claim space for untold, marginalized stories. She is the supporting role in the Macedonian film “Housekeeping for beginners”, which won an award at Venice Film Festival (2023), it is Macedonia’s choice for the Oscars and it is also nominated for European Film Awards. She received four times the Best Actress Award în Germany for her leading role in “Gipsy Queen”, 2020 and a nomination for the German Film Academy Awards (LOLA), 2019. In 2018, Alina represented Romania at  Cannes International Film Festival. She made her debut as a filmmaker with “Letter of Forgiveness “(2020), the first film about Roma slavery, written from a Roma perspective.

Laura Georgescu Baron

Catherine Corsini has been a fixture at film festivals since 1999, when her film La Nouvelle Ève was presented at the Berlin Film Festival followed by La Répétition, selected in Official Competition at Cannes in 2001. Her seventh film , Leaving/Partir, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, was a remarkable success in cinemas in France and around the world. It was followed by Three Worlds /Trois Mondes (2012), Summertime/La Belle Saison (2016), a love story between two women in 1970s France, and An Impossible Love / Un Amour Impossible, adapted from Christine Angot’s novel of the same name . Two years later, he made The Divide/La Fracture, a political comedy about the violent protests in France, experienced in the hospital by a woman abandoned by her lover. Catherine Corsini returned to competition at Cannes in 2023 with Le Retour, presented at Les Films de Cannes.

Le Retour follows Khédidja, who works for a wealthy Parisian family who sends her to Corsica to look after their children during the summer. She also takes her teenage daughters, Jessica and Farah, with Corsica being the island they left 15 years ago under tragic circumstances. The film is a coming-of-age, emotional and humorous family story that touches and questions the way lies can structure a family.