This year Pierfrancesco Favino, a flexible and versatile actor, won the David di Donatello award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the anarchic Pinelli in Marco Tullio Giordana’s Romanzo di una strage and the Nastro d’Argento as Best Actor for Stefano Sollima’s A.C.A.B.. A graduate of the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica, he then took a specialist course under Luca Ronconi. His most prominent film performances include: Gabriele Muccino’s L’ultimo bacio (2000) and Enzo Monteleone’s El Alamein (2002). In 2004 he was in the cast of Gianni Amelio’s Le chiavi di casa, in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Roles followed in Romanzo criminale (2005) (David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor and Nastro d’Argento as Best Actor), Giuseppe Tornatore’s La sconosciuta (2006) and Ferzan Ozpetek’s Saturno contro, for which he won the “Diamanti al Cinema” award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. In 2008 he returned to the big screen with the Disney film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna and Maria Sole Tognazzi’s L’uomo che ama. In 2009 he appeared in Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons. In 2010 he was the lead in Gabriele Muccino’s Baciami ancora, Silvio Soldini’s Cosa voglio di più and Figli delle stelle by Lucio Pellegrini, the director with whom he appeared in La vita facile in 2011. Between 2011 and 2012 we also saw him in Giuliano Montaldo’s L’industriale and Carlo Verdone’s Posti in piedi in Paradiso.
Sandra den Hamer (The Netherlands)
Sandra den Hamer studied Film and Theater Sciences at the University of Utrecht before joining Channel Four in 1984. She began her association with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 1986, working as CineMart coordinator and festival producer, before becoming its deputy director in 1991. In 2000 she was appointed as director of the festival, fi rst together with Simon Field and since 2004 as sole director. During her association with the International Film Festival Rotterdam she was also responsible for overseeing the festival’s Hubert Bals Fund (the festival’s fund for fi nancial support for fi lmmakers in developing countries) and the festival’s CineMart. She has actively participated in various international panels, seminars and coproduction workshops over the last 20 years and has been a jury member of a.o. Fespaco (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), Un Certain Regard (Cannes) and the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. Since 2007 she is appointed as director of the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. In 2010 the Filmmuseum merged with Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education and the Filmbank into EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The Dutch fi lm world has gained an industry-wide umbrella organization which aims to represent and support the Dutch national cinema culture and climate and Sandra den Hamer was appointed as CEO of EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
Runa Islam (Great Britain/Bangladesh)
Acclaimed artist Runa Islam was born in 1970 in Bangladesh, and currently lives and works in London. She attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, and completed an Mphil at Royal College of Art, London. Her investigations into the production of distinct visual and conceptual languages result in analytical and experimental sequences that emphasize limited and subjective notions of truth. Sculptural and architectural, Islam’s work produces discourse not only about forms of documentation but also dialogs between distinct methods of reproduction. Expediency and craft, surveillance, perception and the reconstruction of memory are formalized through Islam’s visual productions. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at institutions—such as MOMA, New York (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005)—and groups exhibitions—such as the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010); the Turner Prize, Tate Britain (2008); Manifesta 7 (2008); and the 51st International Venice Biennale (2005). Her work is held in public collections, such as the Arts Council Collection, England; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate, London. In 2008, she completed a fi lm commission for the Offi ce of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Arter, Istanbul, and her work will be exhibited as part of the 11th Sharjah Biennial in 2013.
Jason Kliot (USA)
Nadine Labaki (Lebanon)
Born in Lebanon in 1974, Nadine Labaki, one of the most acclaimed directors of her generation in the Arab world, is famous for having demolished stereotypes and for dealing with fundamental questions such as religion and the role of women in society in a humorous and poetic way. Labaki is also famous for her ability to express a different kind of realism, often choosing nonprofessional actors, based on their human characteristics. She graduated in Audiovisual Studies from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut (IESAV) in 1997, directing her fi rst short 11 Rue Pasteur for her degree, which went on to win the Best Short Film Award at the Biennial of Arab Cinema in Paris. In 2006 she directed and appeared in Caramel, a comedy about the lives of fi ve women in Beirut coping with problems regarding love, sexuality and tradition. It made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and was a commercial success, whilst also winning important prizes at numerous international festivals. In 2010 she appeared in and directed her second fi lm Et maintenant on va où?, which humorously deals with the delicate subject of a village in which churches and mosques live side by side and where the women try to keep their loudmouth husbands from starting a religious war. Shown for the fi rst time at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 in the Un Certain Regard section, it went on to win numerous prizes at other prestigious festivals.
Milcho Manchevski (USA/Macedonia)
The fi lms Milcho Manchevski directed (Before the Rain, Dust, Senki and Majki) have won more than 40 international awards, including the Golden Lion in Venice, FIPRESCI, Independent Spirit and an Academy Award nomination. They have been included in curricula at numerous universities and have been the subject of two academic conferences (in Florence and Leipzig). The New York Times put Before the Rain on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made. Manchevski has also directed over 50 short forms (award for 1.73 - for experimental film, Tennessee—MTV Award, and Macedonia Timeless—Best Spot). He also directed on HBO’s The Wire. He also authored fi ction (in New American Writing) and essays. He wrote the (short) book of post-conceptualist fi ction, The Ghost of My Mother and the (even shorter) book on faith and the plane of reality in a work of art, Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art. His two books of photographs Street and Five Drops of Dream accompany two exhibitions of photographs (originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and now at the Miyako Yoshinaga gallery). Manchevski has staged performance art by himself and as a (founding) member of the group 1AM. He has lived in New York since 1985.
Amir Naderi (Iran)