Son of the poet Attilio Bertolucci, Bernardo was born in Parma in 1941. In 1952 he moved with his family to Rome, where he continued his studies. In 1961 he was first assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini on Accattone. He made his debut as a director with La commare secca (The Grim Reaper, 1962), based on a story by Pasolini. In 1964 he made Prima della rivoluzione (Before the Revolution), a semiautobiographical work with which he began the discourse on existential and political ambiguity that he continued in his films of the early 1970s like Partner, Strategia del ragno (The Spider’s Stratagem) and Il conformista (The Conformist). Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris, 1972) was an enormous success (and scandal), and so was the colossal historical epic Novecento (1976). In 1979 he presented La luna at the 36th Venice International Film Festival. The Last Emperor (1987), an imposing epic-biographic fresco on the life of Pu Yi, the last ruler of pre-revolutionary China, won a total of nine Academy Awards (including those for Best Film and Best Director). After The Sheltering Sky and Little Buddha, he returned to shooting in Italy in the 1990s with Io ballo da sola (Stealing Beauty) and L’assedio (Besieged). In 2003 he made The Dreamers, a moving drama set against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris student riots. His most recent film Io e te (Me and You) was released in 2012. Among numerous awards, Bertolucci received the “Leone d’Oro del 75°” at the Venice Film Festival in 2007, the Honorary Golden Palm at Cannes in 2011 and the EFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom)
Born in Dartford, is an English director and writer. She has made her debut with two short films, Milk in 1998 and Dog in 2001. In 2005 she won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Wasp. Her first feature film, Red Road won in 2006 the Jury Prize in Cannes. Her 2009 film Fish Tank starring Kate Jarvis and Michael Fassbender won once again the Jury Prize. In 2011, she directed an adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The film was shown at the 68th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography. She is currently completing a screenplay for Focus and FilmFour set in America.
Renato Berta (Switzerland)
Born in Bellinzona in 1945, is considered one of the most important cinematographers of his generation. After studying at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, from which he graduated in 1967, he made his debut as director of photography at the end of the 1960s, making an immediate impact with his personal, experimental and highly recognizable style. Over the course of a decades-long career (begun as cameraman for many filmmakers of the “Swiss New Wave”: Francis Reusser, Daniel Schmid, Claude Goretta, Michel Soutter, Yves Yersin), he has worked with some of the greatest directors in European cinema, including Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Manoel de Oliveira, Alain Resnais, Alain Tanner, André Téchiné and Amos Gitai. Among the principal awards he has received: the César for Best Cinematography for Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants (1987) and the David di Donatello for Best Cinematography in 2012 for Mario Martone’s Noi credevamo (We Believed), presented in competition at Venice.
Carrie Fisher (USA)
Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry since her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, she became a cultural icon when she played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her extensive film career also includes roles in The Blues Brothers, The ’Burbs, When Harry Met Sally among others. Carrie’s television credits range from Laverne & Shirley to Sex and the City, with an Emmy nomination for her appearance on the popular NBC comedy, 30 Rock. Carrie’s book, Postcards from the Edge, leapt onto the New York Times’ bestseller list in 1987, and netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Four more bestsellers have followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful and Wishful Drinking. Her latest book, Shockaholic, was released in November 2011. Carrie Fisher turned Postcards into a screenplay for the hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Her book Wishful Drinking became a one-woman show and HBO documentary, garnering many honors including Emmy and Grammy nominations. Carrie’s writing has also appeared in Details, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Vogue and many other major publications.
Martina Gedeck (Germany)
Born in Munich, she currently lives in Berlin. After spending a year in the US, she finished her studies in drama at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar at the Berlin University of Arts. Martina’s film career began while she was at drama school. Her filmography covers all genres of films. She has won a total of 24 major cinema and TV awards. In 2002 she was nominated as European best actress for her role in Bella Martha (Mostly Martha) as well as in 2007 for her role in Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others). Robert de Niro cast her opposite Matt Damon and John Turturro in The Good Shepherd. In 2010 she played opposite Helen Mirren the lead in István Szabó’s film The Door and in 2012 opposite Jeremy Irons in Bille August’s film Night Train to Lisbon. Her films were twice selected as Germany’s entry to the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards: in 2007 Das Leben der Anderen, with Martina in the lead role, won the Academy Award for best foreign language film. In 2009 she has again the title role in Germany’s Academy Award-nominated Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex). Martina Gedeck is a member of the Europäischen Filmakademie, the Deutschen Filmakademie and the Deutschen Akademie der Darstellenden Künste; she got the order of merit in Bavaria, the honorary FIPA and is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France. Throughout her career she continued to play on stage at various prestigious German theaters.
Jiang Wen (China)
Born in 1963 and a graduate of China’s famed Central Academy of Drama, Jiang Wen is one of the finest actors of his generation. In a career that spans almost thirty years, he has played leading roles in many award-winning films, including Zhang Yimou’s Hong gao liang (Red Sorghum) (1987), Xie Fei’s Ben ming nian (Black Snow) (1990), and Tian Zhuangzhuang’s Da taijian Li Lianying (Li Lianying, the Great Imperial Eunuch) (1991) - all winners at the Berlin Film Festival. Yangguang canlan de rizi (In the Heat of the Sun), Jiang’s debut film in 1993 as writer-director, won best actor awards at the 51st Venice Film Festival and the 8th Singapore International Film Festival. It topped the Time Magazine’s 10 Best Films in the World in 1995 and went on to become the highest-grossing film in China for the same year. In 1998, Jiang wrote, directed and starred in Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) which won the Grand Prix at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival. In 2004, he received the Chevalier Order of Arts and Literatures from the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France. Jiang next directed Taiyang zhaochang shengqi (The Sun Also Rises) (2006) which competed in the 64th Venice Film Festival. In 2009, he directed Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly) which in the following year became the first domestic Chinese film to breach the US$100 million box-office threshold in China.
Pablo Larraín (Chile)
Multiple award winner in film, tv and documentaries as producer, writer and director, Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. He is a founding partner of Fabula, a company dedicated to producing film, television, documentaries, as well as providing production services. In 2005, he directed his first feature-length film, Fuga. In 2007, Pablo Larraín directed his second film, Tony Manero, whose screenplay was written in collaboration with Mateo Iribarren and Alfredo Castro. The film premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Post Mortem was his third feature film, starring Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers. It premiered at the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival in September 2010. In 2010, Pablo Larraín directed Prófugos, HBO’s first television series produced in Chile. No was his fourth film. Starring Gael García Bernal, it premiered at the Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated as Best Foreign Film in the Academy Award 2013. Prófugos’ second season will be released in 2013. He has also produced other films: 4:44 Last Day on Earth by Abel Ferrara, Gloria by Sebastián Lelio, Young & Wild by Marialy Rivas and Crystal Fairy by Sebastian Silva, among others.
Virginie Ledoyen (France)
Virginie Fernandez, known by her stage name of Virginie Ledoyen, was born in Paris in 1976 and grew up in Aubervilliers, in the suburbs of the capital. She discovered she had an authentic passion for the cinema at a very early age. She made her acting debut in 1979, performing in advertising spots. In 1987 she appeared in her first film, Gianfranco Mingozzi’s L’iniziazione. In 1991 she was chosen by Philomène Esposito as protagonist of the film Mima, earning praise from the critics for her talent and her charisma as an actress. A few months later she performed alongside Marcello Mastroianni and Michel Piccoli in Christian De Chalonge’s Le voleur d’enfants. In 1993, thanks to her performance in Élie Chouraqui’s Les marmottes, she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress. Decisive for her career was the encounter with Olivier Assayas, with whom she shot two films. One of them, L’eau froide, confirmed her vocation for acting. In 2000 she starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Guillaume Canet in Danny Boyle’s movie The Beach. In the same year she appeared alongside Gérard Depardieu in Josée Dayan’s television adaptation of Les Misérables. In 2002 she was in the cast of François Ozon’s 8 femmes (8 Women). The same year she was given the honor of playing host at the Cannes Festival. In 2006 she appeared in Francis Veber’s La doublure (The Valet), while in 2009 she acted in Robert Guédiguian’s grand historical fresco L’armée du crime (Army of Crime), a film on the resistance against German occupation and the Vichy government. In 2011 she took part in the XIII tv series on Canal+ in the role of a ruthless young killer. The following year she played the duchess of Polignac in Les adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen) for the big screen.
Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan)
Composer, musician, producer and environmental activist, Ryuichi Sakamoto is a true Renaissance man. Young and old from all cultures and creeds have found inspiration in Sakamoto’s music, from his pioneering early electronic music as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, to globally inspired rock albums, classical compositions, over thirty ?lm scores, video game soundtracks, and even mobile ringtones. Sakamoto’s prestigious awards include: an Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Last Emperor (1987), two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil, and from the French government; Of?cier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Sakamoto has devoted much time in recent years to environmental and humanitarian projects. Since 3/11 in Japan Sakamoto has been very outspoken on the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, and has helped raise the voice of the Japanese people, demanding of their government “NO NUKES.” Surrounding this issue he has also formed three charity organizations to help affected people: “kizunaworld,” “LIFE311” and “School Music Revival.” He has most recently undertaken a European and Japan/Korea tour with his piano, violin, and cello trio. An album from the trio entitled Three was released in Japan and Korea in 2012. With such an outstanding and extensive back catalogue it’s an undeniable challenge to categorize Ryuichi Sakamoto. The one clear strand connecting it all is his unparalleled passion.