23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Lynne Ramsay (UK)
Director of You Were Never Really Here (FD)


Lynne Ramsay (born in 1969) is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer best known for the feature films Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar , We Need to Talk about Kevin and You Were Never Really Here . Lynne Ramsay's films are marked by a fascination with children and young people and the recurring themes of grief, guilt and death and its aftermath. They are low on dialogue and explicit story exposition, and
instead use images, vivid details, music and sound design to create their worlds. In April 2013 she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
Dates in Athens : 27/09 – 30/09

Vanessa Redgrave (UK)
Director of Sea Sorrow (Doc)

Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born in 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship. Redgrave rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since starred in more than 35 productions in London's West End and on Broadway.
Dates in Athens: 21/09 – 24/09

Robin Campillo (FR)
Director of 120 Beats Per Minute (FD)

Robin Campillo was born in August 16, 1962 in Mohammédia, Morocco. He is a writer and editor, known for Entre les murs (2008) which won Palme d’Or in Cannes, L'emploi du temps (2001) and Eastern Boys (2013) which won the award Orizzonti à la Mostra di Venise in 2013.
Dates in Athens : 23/09 – 24/09

Arnaud Valois (FR)
Main Actor in 120 Beats Per Minute (FD)

Arnaud Valois studied acting at Cours Florent. He got discovered in Charlie Says by Nicole Garcia where he played one of the lead roles alongside Jean-Pierre Bacri, Vincent Lindon and Benoît Magimel. He went on to play in Cliente by Josiane Balasko and Girl on the Train by André Techine. After a few year break from acting, he's back on the silver screen in 2017 in 120 BPM by Robin Campillo alongside Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Adèle Haenel.
Dates in Athens : 22/09 – 25/09

Daniela Vega (CL)
Actor in Una Mujer Fantastica (FD)​

Daniela Vega is a Chilean trans actress and singer. She received critical acclaim for her acting debut in Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman . The film premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
Dates in Athens : 25/09 -28/09

Sandrine Dumas (FR)
Actress in Un beau soleil intérieur (Retrospective Claire Denis)

Sandrine Dumas (born in 1963) is an actress, most known for La Double Vie de Véronique (1991), La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988) and Valmont (1989). She has also directed short films and a documentary feature film.
Dates in Athens : 29/09 – 30/09

Stuart Braithwaite (UK)
Participant in Lost in France (M&F)

Stuart Leslie Braithwaite (born in 1976) is a Scottish guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded eight studio albums.
Dates in Athens : 26/09 – 29/09

Niall McCann (IE)
Director of Lost in France (M&F)​

Niall McCann is an Irish documentary filmmaker and Lost in France is his third
documentary film.
Dates in Athens : 24/09 – 28/09

Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (IT)
Directors of Sicilian Ghost Story (IC)

Their new film Sicilian Ghost Story has opened the Critics’ Week of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and has secured distribution already in several countries all over the world. With the script of Sicilian Ghost Story they had won the prestigious 2016 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, given each year during the Sundance Film Festival “to honor emerging directors from different global regions who possess the originality, talent and vision to be celebrated as the future of world cinema”. Their first feature film Salvo premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winning both top prizes of La Semaine de la Critique, the Grand Prix and the Prix Révélation.
Dates in Athens : 28/09 – 01/10

Helene Hegemann (DE)
Director of Axolotl Overkill (IC)

Helene Hegemann (born in Freiburg im Breisgau, 1992) is a German writer, director, and actress. As a young writer her work was highly praised, but her first novel, Axolotl Roadkill , sparked a plagiarism controversy. The book has since been translated in various languages. She has written and directed two films: Torpedo (2008), Axolotl Overkill (2017).
Dates in Athens : 25/09 – 28/09

Léa Mysius (FR)
Director of Ava (IC)​

Léa Mysius (born in Bordeaux, 1989) is a young French filmmaker who studied at the Sorbonne in Paris before joining the Femis School. Her first short Cadavre exquis (2013) won the SACD Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Her next two shorts, Les oiseaux-tonnerre (2014) and L'île jaune (2016) were in turn shown in many festivals and also won awards. She was only 26 when she started filming Ava (2017), her first feature.
Dates in Athens : 22/09 – 25/09

Vladimir de Fontenay (FR)
Director of Mobile Homes (IC)

Vladimir was born in Paris in 1987. Mobile Homes is adapted from his award-winning short which screened at SXSW & Clermont-Ferrand. He directed What Lies Beneath The Sky (narrated by late filmmaker Chantal Akerman) which screened at Tribeca and co-directed Memoria (Keith Stanfield & James Franco). Vladimir is a recipient of the Spike Lee Production Fund in the graduate film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a MacDowell Fellow.
Dates in Athens : 26/09 – 01/10

Leonardo Mouramateus (BR)
Director of Antonio One Two Three (FD)

Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1991, Leonardo Mouramateus studied cinema, first at the Federal University of Ceará and then in Lisbon. His short films include Mauro em Caiena (2013) and The Party and the Barking ( A Festa e os Cães , 2015) which both earned him the Best short film award at Cinéma du Réel. Mouramateus is also a producing partner at Praia à Noite.
Dates in Athens : 28/09 – 01/10

Margarete Kreuzer (DE)
Director of Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream (M&F)

Born in Enniger, Germany in 1964, she studied German, journalism and psychology in Berlin and dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She has made numerous television documentaries and reports as a director and screenwriter. Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream (2017) is her first feature-length documentary.
Dates in Athens : 24/09 - 28/09

Marc Waltman (NL)
Director of Walking in the Opposite Direction (M&F)

The Dutch director, writer and producer Marc Waltman, age 47, has been involved with the production of films, comics and music since a young age. From his own company Boegbeeld Films he produces commercial films since the mid-nineties, including national and international commercials. Together with friend and producer Jean-Paul van Mierlo, took on the challenge to produce the documentary “Walking in the Opposite Direction” about Adrian Borland that premiered at IDFA 2016.
Dates in Athens : 21/09 – 24/09

Paul Fegan (UK)
Director of Where You’re Meant to Be (M&F)

Paul Fegan's debut short documentary, Pouters (2012), won countless awards including Best Documentary (Jury Award) at London Short Film Festival, Best Film (Audience Award) at Hamburg International Short Film Festival and Best Scottish Short Film (Jury Award) at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. He also directed music videos, including Belle & Sebastian’s Come on Sister and Moffat and Wells' The Copper Top . Fegan also has an extensive background in music promotion and has been producing music events for over 20 years, including Triptych Music Festival. He is the director of production company Better Days.
Dates in Athens : 21/09 - 26/09

Sergio Naitza (IT)
Director of The Isle of Medea (Doc)

Sergio Naitza (born in 1956) is a professional journalist and film critic at the Union of Sardinians. Artistic director of the Lagunamovies festival in Grado. He has restored the silent film La Grazia (1929) by Aldo De Benedetti from a novel by Grazia Deledda. He was the creator and curator of Sardegna Cinema and Regista Sardegna.
Dates in Athens: 27/09 – 30/09

Michael Irish (USA)
Director of Life of Significant Soil (FD)

Michael Irish studied film at School of visual arts in New York City. He's made a number of short films and his debut feature film "Life of significant soil" is currently making the festival rounds. His next project, "strangers in Berlin" is in pre production.
Dates in Athens : 26/09 – 29/09

Lord Alfred Dubs (UK)
Participant in Sea Sorrow (Doc)

Alfred "Alf" Dubs, Baron Dubs (born in 1932) is a British Labour politician and former Member of Parliament. He was awarded Humanist of the Year 2016 by the British Humanist Association at an awards ceremony in London.
Dates in Athens : 21/09 – 23/09