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REZA MIRKARIMI
director, producer
Iran
 
Born January 28 1966 in Tehran, it was there that he studied Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts University. His directing debut was in 1987 with a short film called For Him, followed by two TV shows for young adults. His first feature film, The Child and The Soldier (1999), has won several national and international awards. In 2001 his second feature film Under the Moonlight, which deals with social and religious issues, won the Best Feature Award at the 40th Critics' Week during the Cannes International Film Festival. The film also won  Best Director as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo IFF, along with the prizes at festivals in Beirut, San Paolo and Dehli.
In 2008 his fifth film As Simple As That won the Golden St George Best Film Award at the Moscow International Film Festival. In 2016 his latest film Daughter won grand prize at the 38 MIFF , securing the Best Actor award for Farhad Aslani who played the leading role. 
Three of Mirkarimi’s films have been presented to the Oscar’s the Best Foreign Language Film by Iran:  So Close, So Far (2005), A Cube of Sugar (2011) and Today (2014). Since 2016 Reza Mirkarimi is also the festival director of the Fajr International Film Festival.
 
 

ORNELLA MUTI
actress
Italy
 
Was born in Rome. At the age of 15, she made her debut in cinema, starring in the Damiano Damiani film The Most Beautiful Wife. Her role in the Mario Monicelli film Come Home and Meet My Wife (1974) brought her international fame. After рук first roles, she was considered one of the brightest young Italian stars and in 1976 was awarded a special award by the Italian Film Academy. European directors of the 70s and 80s actively exploited the image of Muti as one of the most beautiful actresses in Italy. Her filmography counts over a hundred roles, among which films of almost all genres can be found - from criminal movies (Death of a Corrupt Man, 1977) to costume dramas (Swann in Love, 1984). The actress’ talent shown bright in comedies. The comedy duet of Ornella Muti and Adriano Celentano from the The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980) and Madly in Love (1981) enjoyed enormous popularity in the Soviet box office. On the wave of her popularity in the USSR, Muti played the main role in the Soviet-Italian film by Grigory Chukhray Life is Beautiful (1980).
That same year the American comic strip Flash Gordon was released, where the actress played the role of Princess Aura. In addition to working in commercial projects, Ornella Muti has often and successfully starred in films by directors such as Marco Ferreri, Dino Risi, Volker Schlöndorff, Francesco Rosi, James Toback, Ettore Scola, Vicente Aranda, Peter Greenaway, Woody Allen and others. She was nominated three times for an Academy Award for Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981), Me and My Sister (1987) and The Sparrow’s Fluttering (1988), and she also won an award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated by the European Film Academy for her role  in the film Private Access (1988).
 
 
JÖRN JOHAN DONNER
director, producer
Finland
 
Born February 5 1933 in Helsinki, he is a Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer, politician, and founder of the Finnish Film Archive. Jörn Donner has for long periods lived and worked in Sweden, and has, among other things, served as director of the Swedish Film Institute (1978 - 1982). Donner has been associated with several different political parties and has at different times been a member both of the Finnish and the European Parliaments. He began working as a film critic and columnist for the Swedish broadsheet Dagens Nyheter in 1961, and the following year he published a highly acclaimed study of Ingmar Bergman films, titled Face of the Devil. Inspired by the 1963 Swedish Film Agreement, he decided to try himself in film directing. In 1963 he made his directional debut A Sunday in September, which received the Prize for best directorial debut at the Venice Film Festival. His next film - To Love – was released in 1964. Harriet Andersson, Donner's partner during the 1960s, played the lead in both films, winning a Best Actress award in Venice. The critics' ambivalence towards Donner's films remained with his works Adventure Starts Here (1965) and Rooftree (1967).The five films which followed – including Sixtynine (1969) were produced in Finland. He returned to Sweden in 1978 with a film version of Märta Tikkanen’s provocative novel Men Cannot Be Raped.
In 1982 he produced Jan Troell's The Flight of the Eagle and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, both of which received Oscar nominations. Donner subsequently moved back to Finland where he continued his political career. Between 1996 and 1999 he was elected by the Social Democratic Party of Finland to be in the European Parliament.
In 2009 at the Moscow International Film Festival he presented The Interrogation. His latest film Armi Alive! was shown as part of the competition during the 37 MIFF in 2015.
 
 
ALBERT SERRA
director, screenwriter, 
Spain (Catalonia)
 
Born in Banyoles in 1975, he studied Hispanic Philology and Theory of Literature in Barcelona. His directional debut was in 2003 with the film Crespià, the Film Not the Village. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced Honor of the Knights, a peculiar version of Don Quixote, which was shown in French cinemas for almost two years and was named by Cahiers du Cinéma magazine one of the ten best films of 2006. His third feature film, Birdsong (2008) earned him a catalan Gaudí award for Best film and Directing. Serra works on his projects with production company Andergraun Films, which he owns. He visited Kamchatka to make a short documentary Russia (2007) and was also one of sixty filmmakers who contributed to Estonian anthology 60 Seconds of Solitude In Year Zero, a series of short one-minute films about the death of cinema. Albert Serra is best known for his latest films Story of My Death (2013), which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno FF, and The Death of Louis XIV(2016), starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. Serra has been called "one of the most singular and radical filmmakers working today."
 
 

ALEXANDER ADABASHYAN
writer, actor, director, artist
 
He was born on August 10, 1945 in Moscow. Initially, the fate of Alexander Adabashyan was not connected with the cinema: in 1971 he graduated from the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art as a metal artist. In 1970, during a summer internship, the student Adabashyan assisted an artist on the set of Nikita Mikhalkov's diploma film A Quiet Day During the End of the War and his further career as a cinema designer was also connected with the works of Nikita Mikhalkov: At Home Among Strangers, A Slave of Love, An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano, A Few Days from the Life of Oblomov, Five Evenings. At the same time, in the mid-70s, Alexander Adabashyan's talents as a screenwriter and character actor were revealed. The young artist played his first small roles in At home among strangers ... and A Slave of Love, wrote his first scripts for An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano, Five Evenings and A Few Days from the Life of Oblomov.
Today in the actor's filmography are fifty roles, including a memorable performance of Berlioz in the adaptation of the novel The Master and Margarita, of Barrymore in The Hound of the Baskervilles,  as well as Timofeev in Five Evenings. Real success awaited  Alexander Adabashyan as the author of over twenty screenplays, including the Transsiberian Express (1977) by director E. Urazbaev, Oci ciornie (1987), Fathers and Children (2008) by A. Smirnova (2008) and Sunstroke (2014) directed by N. Mikhalkov. Alexander Adabashyan’s  directorial debut was  Mado, poste restante  (1990), which received the special «Perspective of French Cinema",  prize of the Cannes Festival , the prize of the youth jury of the International Film Festival in Ravenna, the Fellini and Fliano Awards in Italy and a nomination for the "César" award.
 
 

BRIGITTA MANTHEY
Germany
 
Brigitta Manthey is an expert of film and advisor for film funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the major funding institution in the capital region of Berlin. She is responsible for the evaluation of national & international film projects towards funding with a focus on projects from Middle, South and Eastern Europe. Her professional responsibility comprise her board membership at the New German Film Board Foundation and at the German Ministry for Culture and the Media, her being expert at the transnational network EUREKA and the European training initiative EAVE European Producer’s Workshops as well as some relevant publications and her participation in national & international film Jurys. Brigitta Manthey is a certified script consultant and a lecturer at home and abroad, and she has developed a widely accepted international standard for a reader’s report. Previously she was a journalist and a longtime freelancer at the Drama-Department of the Berlin TVbroadcaster «Free Berlin» before heading the Film Department at the main The Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB), where she also produced and directed documentaries. Brigitta Manthey had spent two years of her studies in the USA and graduated in American Literature, Film and Theatrical Science.