Jury International Feature Film Competition

 

Frank Langella, Actor

Frank Langella

Frank Langella was born in 1938 in New Jersey. He received his first award for acting while still studying at Syracuse University. He celebrated one of his biggest Broadway hits in the 1970s with the new staging of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Langella made his on-screen debut in DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, an appearance that brought him the National Board of Review’s Best Actor Award and a Golden Globe for Best Newcomer Actor. Frank Langella has performed in over 30 films and has produced and directed various works for stage. His brilliant performance in „Frost/Nixon“, where he played the recently resigned president, won him a Tony Award for Best Actor. The identically titled film adaptation brought the star a Golden Globe and his first Oscar Nomination. 

Carlos Cuarón, Screenwriter, Director

Carlos Cuaron

Carlos Cuarón was born in 1966 in Mexico City where he studied English literature at the UNAM. He made his directing debut in 2008 with RUDY Y CURSI, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. In 2001, he wrote the screenplay for the international blockbuster Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. He also wrote the screenplay for José Luis García Agraz´ EL MISTERIO DE TRINIDAD, which, amongst other films, brought him innumerable nominations and awards. In addition to realising feature films, Cuarón has written and directed nine short films. He is well known in Mexico as a playwright and writer of short stories. Cuarón has also left his mark as a producer with Niels Mueller’s THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON. Together with René Castillo, Carlos Cuarón founded a production company in 2007. 

Barry Gifford, Author, Screenwriter

Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford is a US-American author and screenwriter. He has received awards for his work from PEN, the American Library Association and the Writers Guild of America. His „Sailor’s Holiday“ and „The Phantom Father“ each received the New York Times’ book of the year award while the Los Angeles Times declared “Wyoming” its novel of the year. „Night People“ received the Premio Brancati. Barry Gifford has written librettos for operas by Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaira and Olga Neuwirth. His works have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, La Nouvelle Revue Française and El País. He also penned the screenplays for David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART and LOST HIGHWAY, Matt Dillon’s CITY OF GHOST, Amy Glazer’s BALL LIGHTING and Lucian Georgescu’s THE PHANTOM FATHER. 

Julia Solomonoff, Screenwriter, Director

Julia Solomonoff

Julia Solomonoff was born in Argentina and currently lives in New York. She graduated from Columbia University’s film department and is now employed there as a lecturer. Her film THE LAST SUMMER OF LA BOYITA (2009) won her more than a dozen international awards. Her first feature film SISTERS (2005), was created in part at the Sundance Writers’ Lab. COCALERO (2007), a film directed by Alejandro Landes and produced by Solomonoff, traces Evo Morales’ path to becoming the president of Bolivia. Solomonoff has also collaborated on various TV production projects, including CHIN CHON FAN and THE SUITOR. She has won several awards for her short films. In 2009, she was an adviser for Canal Encuentro, Argentina’s state education channel. 

Sharon Swart, Author

Sharon Swart

A graduate in political and media sciences and communication, the native Dutchwoman Sharon Swart began her career as a reporter and producer for the Dutch branch of RTL Television. She later became a news journalist in San Francisco. Following a four-year stint at The Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles, she now contributes to the columns of the renowned industry magazine Variety. Sharon Swart, who also left her mark as an author in the film magazines Filmmaker, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire, was one of the first US journalists to analyse the Reality-TV phenomena of the late 90s. She has collected jury experience at the Sundance, CineVegas and Stockholm festivals. Sharon Swart is an active member of FilmAid, a charitable organisation engaged in providing aid for refugees. 

Anatole Taubman, Actor

Anatole Taubman

Born 1971 in Zurich, Anatole Taubman studied at the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. He has appeared in more than 50 cinema and TV productions and took the lead role in the award-winning Swiss film MARMORERA. Taubman has also appeared in CHANEL&STRAVINSKY, TAKEN (96 HOURS), the US TV series THE TUDORS II, the German-Swiss co-production MEIN NAME IST BACH and the BBC series WAKING THE DEAD - PIETA. He is remembered as the villainous Elvis in Marc Forster’s Bond film A QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Taubmann’s newest productions include THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, LARGO WINCH II-THE BURMA CONSPIRACY and CAPTAIN AMERICA-THE FIRST AVENGER. He was nominated for the Swiss Film Prize’s Best Supporting Actor in 2004 and won the 2008 Prix Walo for Best Actor.