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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


Opera Prima

Shekhar Kapur (India) President
Shekhar Kapur is not only the Indian fi lmmaker who enjoys the greatest international prestige, he is also a refi ned intellectual humanist interested in social issues, in the transformations brought about by the diffusion of new media and the exploration of the convergence between innovative technologies and original content. He moved to Great Britain in 1970, and began his film career as an actor in the film Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) followed by Toote Khilone (1978) and in several Bollywood productions. Shekhar Kapur made his directing debut in 1983 with the family drama Masoom, and won public acclaim in 1987 with Mr. India. His consecration by critics came with Bandit Queen (1994). Following a series of productions in Bollywood, he achieved international recognition with Elizabeth (1998), inspired by the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England and nominated for seven Academy Awards. In 2002 came The Four Feathers, an anti-colonialist interpretation of the homonymous novel by Alfred Edward Woodley Mason. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) won two more nominations for the Academy Awards and public and critical acclaim. In 2009 Shekhar Kapur filmed an episode in the collective film New York, I Love You, starring Julie Christie, John Hurt and Shia LaBeouf. Also in 2009, he directed Passage, a short film about the reunion of three sisters (Lily Cole, Julia Stiles, Haley Bennett). In 2012 he is working on his new feature Paani.

Michel Demopoulos
Michel Demopoulos was born in Paris and studied cinema, literature and linguistics in France. He started working in 1976 as a fi lm and television critic for the daily paper Avghi and for various other publications. He become editor and later director of the prestigious fi lm magazine Synchronos Kinimatographos (from 1975 to 1982). In 1975 he directed the film I alli skini, a documentary-essay on the shooting of Theo Angelopoulos’ O thiasos. From 1981 to 1991, he was the director of acquisitions for the Greek public channel ERT, also programming the channel’s weekly cine-club. He was curator of the biggest retrospective on Greek cinema ever (100 movies) at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) in 1995, and published the book Le cinema grec (Paris: cinema/pluriel, 1995). Was director of the International Thessaloniki Film Festival from 1991 to 2005 and published several books on fi lm directors (such as Robert Bresson, Luís Buñuel, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Daniel Pollet, among others) and has organized retrospectives and fi lm weeks on Greek cinema and Theo Angelopoulos all over the world. He was on the Board of the Media Program “Europa-Cinemas.” From 2006 to 2011, has worked as programmer and executive consultant for fi ction and co-production for the state TV channel ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation).

Isabella Ferrari (Italy)
Isabella Ferrari made her cinematic debut in 1981 as Selvaggia in Carlo Vanzina’s Sapore di mare. Over the years she has worked with various directors both in Italy and abroad: from Dino Risi to Jacques Doillon, from Gillo Pontecorvo to Marco Tullio Giordana. In 1995 she won the Coppa Volpi for Best Supporting Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her role in Ettore Scola’s Romanzo di un giovane povero, alongside Alberto Sordi. Other performances include Marco Turco’s Vite sospese, Carlo Mazzacurati’s La lingua del santo, Renato De Maria’s Amatemi, Michele Soavi’s Arrivederci amore ciao, Pappi Corsicato’s Il seme della discordia, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Saturno contro and Un giorno perfetto (for which she earned the Premio Pasinetti), Antonello Grimaldi’s Caos calmo, Enzo Monteleone’s Due partite and Paolo Franchi’s E la chiamano estate. On TV she has worked with Renato De Maria on Distretto di polizia and with Andrea Porporati on Storie di Laura. She has also worked with the TV directors Francesco Massaro, Luigi Perelli and Gianluigi Calderone. She is a theater actress as well, appearing in Cristina Comencini’s Due partite in 2006; alongside Ennio Fantastichini in Jean-Claude Carrière’s Il catalogo in 2011, directed by Valerio Binasco; and in Anestesia totale, by and with Marco Travaglio, directed by Stefania De Santis.

Matt Reeves (USA)
Matt Reeves is an American fi lm writer, director and producer. He made his feature debut with the 1996 dark comedy, The Pallbearer, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, David Schwimmer and Barbara Hershey, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. In 1999, Reeves co-wrote and co-produced James Gray’s critically acclaimed feature, The Yards, starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron. The film was selected for offi cial competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Reeves was also one of the creators of the popular US television series Felicity, starring Golden Globe Award-winning actress Keri Russell. Reeves served as executive producer with partner and co-creator, J.J. Abrams. He returned to feature fi lms in 2008 as the director of the acclaimed sci-fi horror hit, Cloverfield. His next film, Let Me In, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010. The fi lm was based on the acclaimed Swedish novel and film, Let the Right One In by writer John Ajvide Lindqvist, and director Tomas Alfredson, and was included in the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films of 2010. Reeves is currently writing a fi lm to direct for Universal Pictures, based on the cult classic Ray Nelson short story, 8 O’Clock in the Morning. He is also developing The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros., This Dark Endeavor for Lionsgate-Summit, and The Passage for Fox 2000. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

Bob Sinclar (France)
A huge name on the club-house scene, pioneer of the French Touch, Bob Sinclar’s career really took off in the 1990s. From a soul and hip-hop background, he has never limited himself to just house and techno, making him one the most eclectic artists in his profession. Now a world-famous DJ and star of clubs around the globe, he has crafted a host of successful remixes and released hit after hit, including The Beat Goes On, What A Wonderful World, World Hold On, Love Generation and Rock This Party. Bob Sinclar (whose real name is Christophe Le Friant, better known as Chris “Le French Kiss”) owes his artistic name to the French spy film Le magnifique directed by Philippe de Broca in 1973. He quickly rose to fame on the back of his 1998 coproduction with Thomas Bangaltar, the Jane Fonda sampling Gym Tonic. Released as part of his fi rst album Paradise this funked-up, pumping, vocal house track caught the world’s imagination and even though the sample was later deemed illegal, to this day the track still remains a stand-out piece of work any house fan worth their salt can instantly conjure up. With all that production behind him, Bob Sinclar has equally and easily carved out a reputation as one of the most talented DJs anywhere on the planet.