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International Feature Film


Trine Dyrholm (Jury President)

Trine Dyrholm is one of Denmark’s most renowned actresses. Her breakthrough came in 1998 with Thomas Vinterberg’s Dogma 95 hit FESTEN. She appealed to an even larger audience in Susanne Bier’s Academy Award­winning drama IN A BETTER WORLD (2010). Dyrholm appeared on ZFF screens in films such as THE CUT (2014), WHO AM I (2014) and in the series THE LEGACY, for which she even directed a couple of episodes. She received the Silver Bear at Berlinale in 2016 for her role in Thomas Vinterberg’s THE COMMUNE.

Mabel Cheung

Director, author and producer Mabel Cheung is one of Hong Kong’s leading filmmakers. She won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director with her feature debut THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT (1985). Her list of award­winning films further includes AN AUTUMN’S TALE (1987), THE SOONG SISTERS (1997), CITY OF GLASS (1998) and TRACES OF A DRAGON (2003). She more recently completed the epic wartime drama A TALE OF THREE CITIES (2015), based on the true story of Jackie Chan’s parents.

Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2005, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Recent projects include THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER by Yorgos Lanthimos, who he previously teamed with for THE LOB­ STER; Sebastián Lelio’s DIS­OBEDIENCE and Lenny Abraham­ son’s THE LITTLE STRANGER. Past productions include ROOM, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. ROOM was nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, & won the award for Best Actress.

Michel Merkt

Geneva­-born producer and Golden Globe recipient Michel Merkt focuses on cinema with a very strong artistic voice. He has produced more than 50 films over the last decade for such directors as Paul Verhoeven, Maren Ade, Xavier Dolan and David Cronenberg, to name but a few. Several of his films, including MA VIE DE COUR­ GETTE and AQUARIUS, were part of ZFF in 2016. An impressive eight of his films screened at Cannes last year. Merkt recently received Locarno’s Raimundo Rezzonico Prize for best independent producer.

Paul Negoescu

Romanian director and screen­writer Paul Negoescu graduated from the National Film School in Bucharest. His short films have screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary and Rotterdam and were nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. Negoescu’s feature debut ONE MONTH IN THAILAND was invited to Venice (Critic’s Week) and screened at ZFF in 2012, as did his low­budget comedy TWO LOTTERY TICKETS (2016), which went on to become Romania’s biggest box­office hit in a decade.

Lucas Ochoa

Lucas Ochoa is the Managing Director of the Film and Scripted Television division at Pulse Films. His credits as a producer include the Cannes Jury Prize winning AMERICAN HONEY along with THE WITCH, TROPHY, ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?, SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS and NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN. Ochoa is also a journalist which has seen him awarded the Amnesty International prestigious prize for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting.