Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, actor
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, also spelled Bruni-Tedeschi born 16 November 1964), is an Italian-French actress, screenwriter and film director. Her 2013 film A Castle in Italy was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She comes to Athens for the greek premiere of Like Crazy (StraDa Films), the Italian Film Days premiere at Pallas.

Sergei Polunin, dancer
Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend. He was born on November 20, 1989 in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Sergei Vladimirovich Polunin. He is an actor and writer, known for The Fragile Balance: Sergei Polunin (2013), Sergei (2016) and Sergei Polunin & Kristina Shapran (2013).

Piero Messina, director
Piero Messina was born in Caltagirone, Sicily, in 1981. After graduating cum laude in Performing Arts at Rome University, he earned a degree in Film Directing from Italy’s national film school, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He directed several short films and documentaries that were selected at prestigious international film festivals. Left hand of Paolo Sorrentino at La Grande Bellezza, makes his directorial debut with the film L’attesa. He comes to Greece for the greek premiere of L’attesa (StraDa Films), within the framework of the Festival.

Tomasz Wasilewski, director
Introspective, erotic, always affectionate toward his characters and definitely in love with them, Tomasz Wasilewski sings the praises of love in the faded corners of today’s Poland, where there are no high walls, just pure feeling. A laconic champion of logic, Wasilewski, like a painter, makes images speak and composes his stories as if he wrote visual musical scores. With only three feature films to his credit, he has already earned a place in the exclusive list of the most promising and accomplished young European directors. His directorial style is simple and sparse, exposing his characters’ inner feelings but always in a protective way.

In “United States of Love”, which won the Silver Bear for Best Script in this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the stories of the four heroines reflect the changes that have taken place in Poland, with Wasilewski using muted colors to obscure their intentions. From his directorial debut with “In the Bedroom”, where the middle aged Edyta drugs her amorous victims, to the sexual serenade of “Floating Skyscrapers”, in which two men spurn their partners to surrender to their newly discovered instincts, Wasilewski’s work made international festivals take notice of his intensely personal cinema. 

An ambassador of a new wave of filmmakers who try to find their feet within Poland’s artistic milieu, scathing in his criticism but with an honest gaze, Tomasz Wasilewski organizes his frames meticulously and methodically in his young but consistent filmography, which he will present in person in the 22nd Athens International Film Festival.

Asaph Polonsky, director
Asaph Polonsky was born in 1983 in Washington DC, but grew up In Israel, where he directed, wrote and produced two short films. His debut feature film, ONE WEEK AND A DAY, was developed at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab and won the 2015 Haifa Film Festival Work in Progress Award.

Nicolette Krebitz, director
Nicolette Krebitz was born in Berlin. After graduating from the National Ballet School, she studied acting at The Fritz Kirchhoff School in Berlin.  Afterwards, she worked in German film and television productions as an actress. Σince 2000, she works as a director. Nicolette writes her own screenplays. The film premiered at Berlin Festival. She will be in Athens for the greek premiere of the film, within the framework of the Festival.

Julia Ducournau, director, screenwriter
Julia Ducournau (born 18 November 1983) is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended La Fémis and studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film Junior won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her 2016 film Raw was screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. She comes to Athens for the greek premiere of the film at the Festival.

Daphne Scoccia, actor
Daphne Scoccia is an actress, known for Fiore (2016) and Niente di Serio (2017). She comes to Athens for the greek premiere of the film at the Festival.

Frederic Baillif, director
Born in 1973 in Geneva, Fred Baillif has been a basketball player, a social worker and a DJ before turning his focus to cinema at the age of 25. He acquired his skill set in New York. Since then he has directed 10 documentaries, TV specials for the RTS show “Temps Présent” and a prime time documentary series for RTS about couples counseling. Five of his movies had a theatre release, including “Geisendorf” for which he won the “Vision du Réel award” in 2006. “Believers”, a 2010 Canal+ production, was the logical step further in his career. “Tapis Rouge”, his first feature length narrative film as a director attended many festivals around the world and won many awards. He comes to Athens on the occasion of the film under the Minority Report tribute organized by the Festival.

Kantarame Gahigiri, director
Kantarama Gahigiri is an award wining Producer – Director who moved back to Geneva after living 8 years in New York City where she worked on wide array of narrative films; independent productions, studio
productions and TV series. Her own films have been shown and awarded prices in Los Angeles and New York as well as in Europe and Africa. She is the creator and director of the Web series “Me + U” which won numerous awards in Los Angeles.


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