A film director, producer and writer, Zhangke was born in 1970 in Fengyang, Shanxi Province, China. He attended Beijing Film Academy in 1993. In 1998, he made his first feature film Xiao Wu, which won the Wolfgang Prize and Netpac Award in the Forum of 48th Berlin Film Festival. Jia capitalised on his success with three internationally acclaimed features: Zhantai (presented in the official competition section at the Venice Film Festival in 2000), 2002’s Ren Xiao Yao (presented in the official competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2002 ) and Shijie (presented in the official competition section at the Venice Film Festival in 2004). In 2006, his work Sanxia haoren received the Golden Lion Award in the 63rd Venice Film Festival. Then in 2007, Wuyong received the Best Documentary Award in Orizzonti section of Venice Film Festival, followed by 2008’s En shi si cheng ji (in competition at Cannes) and 2010’s Hai Shang Chuan qi (presented at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section). In 2010, Jia Zhangke was awarded the Leopard of Honor of the 63rd Locarno Film Festival, the youngest filmmaker ever to receive this honour.
Stuart Comer (UK)
Currently the Curator of Film at Tate Modern, London, Comer oversees film and video work for the Tate Collection, runs the Tate Film programme, is co-curator of the inaugural season of the Tate Modern Oil Tanks in 2012 and organises an extensive programme of screenings, performances, forums and lectures focusing on current cultural issues and the history of artists’ film and video. He is the editor of Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009) and has contributed to numerous periodicals (“Artforum“, “Frieze“, “Afterall“, “Mousse“, “Parkett“, “Art Review“). He has contributed essays to catalogues on artists including Tom Burr, Andrea Fraser, David Hockney, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Mark Morrisroe, Bik Van Der Pol and Gillian Wearing. Recent freelance curatorial projects include “Andy, as you know I am writing a movie...“ at the Beirut Art Center, “An American Family“ at CASCO, Utrecht and Kunstverein Munich; and “Double Lunar Trouble“ at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. He was co-curator of the 2007 Lyon Biennial. Comer has participated in symposia, talks and events at numerous international venues. He has been a member of juries for the 2006 BFI Sutherland Trophy at the The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival, the International Jury for the Oberhausen 52nd International Short Film Festival 2006, the inaugural Derek Jarman Award for artists’ film and video in 2008, and the inaugural Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize in 2009.
Odile Decq (France)
Born in the 1950s, Odile Decq set up her own architecture office just after graduating from the Ecole de la Villette and whilst studying at Sciences Po Paris, where she completed a post-graduate diploma in Town Planning in 1979. International renown was not long in coming – as early as 1990 actually, with her first major commission: the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes. The numerous prizes and publications that distinguished the building underlined the emergence of a new hope directly born from the punk rebellion which turned old conventions upside down. By questioning the commission, the use, the matter, the body, the technique and the taste, the architecture of “Odile Decq Benoît Cornette“ offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe, on today’s world. The office was awarded a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996. Alone since 1998, when Benoît Cornette died, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalising her research. She completed the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010 and the restaurant in Opera Garnier in Paris was launched in June 2011. In 2012, the FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) in Rennes and the GL Events headquarters in Lyon will be completed. In 2007, Odile Decq was elected General Director of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. She shares her time between her architectural office ODBC and the School, organizing and developing it to an international level.
Marianne Khoury (Egypt)
Cairo-born and based Marianne Khoury produces and directs films that engage the audience on an intimate level so that they share her passion for tackling controversial themes such as identity, memory, marginalisation and social exclusion. She directed her first documentary film, Zaman Laura (The Times of Laura) in 1999, followed by ’Ashiqaat al-Cinema (Women Who Loved Cinema) in 2002, both of which won critical recognition exploring ground-breaking work achieved by renegade women in Egypt nearly a century ago. Her film Zelal received critical acclaim and was an official entry at the 67th Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI at the Dubai Film Festival. She gravitated towards the film world soon after graduating. As a matter of fact, since 1984 she has been a managing partner in Misr International Films (Youssef Chahine & Co.) as well as an executive producer on a large number of co-productions directed by iconic director, Youssef Chahine, including: Weda’an Bonapart, Al-yawn al-Sadis, Iskanderija, kaman ove kaman, Al-qahira menauwwara bi Ahlaha, El akhar, Skoot Hansawwar and Heya Fawda. She’s currently producing Heba Yousri’s project Shéhérazade. A jury member at several international festivals, and founder of Cinemania, Khoury is a board member of the Egyptian Film Center (May 2011). Her current project is dedicated to the development and production of films made by emerging Egyptian talent.
Jacopo Quadri (Italy)
A film editor, Quadri was born in Milan in 1964. He has worked on over 50 full-length feature films and documentaries in Italy, France, Germany, Argentina, Brasil and China. He is the editor of Bertolucci’s most recent films, and of all of Martone’s films since his debut in the early nineties with Morte di un matematico napoletano which won the Special Grand Jury Prize at the 49th Venice Film Festival. Over the years, Quadri has presented his work in Venice on many occasions including Escoriandoli in 1996 and Ovosodo by Virzì in 1997, which won the Special Grand Jury Prize. These were followed by Statici, a series of short films which he directed himself and which were presented at the Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals, and subsequently by La terra trema, a documentary of archive footage co-directed with Martone also presented at Venice in 1998. In 1999 Zang Yuan’s Diciassette anni edited by Quadri won the Venice Best Director Silver Lion. The following year he directed and presented a short film, Marisa. More recently, he edited Bechis’ Garage Olimpo, The Triumph of Love (2001) by Peploe, The Dreamers (2003) by Bertolucci, Birdwatchers (2008) by Bechis and many more. In 2008 he returned to the scene with Below Sea Level by Rosi, winner of the Gran Premio Orizzonti for Best Documentary and the Doc/It prize. In 2010 he presented El Sicario – Room 164 at the Orizzonti Festival which was also directed by Rosi, and Noi credevamo by Martone, presented in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.