Born in London on 17 November 1945, Roland Joffé was educated at London’s lycée français. In 1968, he joined the Young Vic Theatre foundation and became the youngest stage director at Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre. He also worked in television, producing a number of series and documentaries.
He began his career as a film director in 1984 with his first feature, The Killing Fields, a film depicting the horrors following the fall of Phnom Penh, which was to win him three Oscars.
In 1986, he won two Oscars along with the Cannes Palme d’Or for The Mission starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, which told the brutal story of the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in South America. His 1989 work Shadow Makers was the subject of frequent controversy as a film exposing the military stranglehold over the US nuclear programme during the Second World War.
In 1992, he lifted the lid on the daily struggle of Calcutta’s shantytowns in City of Joy, and on the intolerance of the puritanical society of 17th century America in The Scarlett Letter (1995). He went on to direct Patricia Arquette in the black comedy romance Goodbye Lover in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Cannes to present his feature Vatel starring Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Uma Thurman. In 2007, he released Captivity starring Elisha Cuthbert and Daniel Gillies and in 2015 he produced the western mini-series Texas Rising, fully in keeping with his predilection for history.
After studying filmmaking at the University of Paris 8, Jérôme Bonnell made his directorial debut in 1999 with Fidèle.
After two other short films, he demonstrated great sensitivity when tackling his first feature film, "Le Chignon d’Olga" (2002), which won an award at the Chicago Film Festival. Equally subtle, "Les Yeux clairs", winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in 2005, offered Nathalie Boutefeu a once-in-a-lifetime role.
In 2007, he directed some of the biggest names in French cinema (Darroussin, Devos and Caravaca) in Waiting for Someone. He then took on the new challenge of a foray into thrillers with The Queen of Clubs (2010), starring Florence Loiret-Caille and Malik Zidi. He continued his collaboration with Emmanuelle Devos in Just a Sigh (2013), which brought renewed critical acclaim and found favour with a wide audience. His latest film All About Them (2015) gives pride of place to three young actors, including the excellent Anaïs Démoustier.
After completing a master’s in Philosophy, Constance joined the Classe Libre du Cours Florent before making her theatre debut in "Le Bel Air de Londres" with Robert Hirsch and Marina Hands, and "Le Malin Plaisir" at the Théâtre de l’Atelier, where she was directed by Jacques Lassalle. She was given her first major film role by Gérard Jugnot in Boudu, before working with Philippe Le Guay, Michel Boujenah, André Téchiné and Xabi Molia. For television, she has worked with Thierry Binisti on several occasions, as well as Richard Bohringer, Stéphane Kappes, Élisabeth Rappeneau, Denys Granier-Deferre and Raoul Peck.
She plays the role of Suzanne in "Un village français", a series broadcast on France 3. In 2010, she directed her first short film, "Femme de personne". She has also been involved in the successful Canal+ series The Revenants, and is soon to appear in Malaterra devised by Laurent Herbiet and Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
After training at the Versailles Conservatory, Béatrice began to focus on composition and musical analysis. Her training as a pianist was influenced by her meeting with Elena Varvarova and Mikhaïl Rudy. Opera and film scores are her favourite fields.
Given her big break in film by Pascale Ferran, she wrote the music for Coming to Terms with the Dead (1993), The Age of Possibilities (1994) and Lady Chatterley (2006), which got a Cesar’s nomination. She has worked in film and television with Dominique Cabrera, Jacques Deschamps, Radu Miailheanu and Xavier Durringer, among others.
She has also directed two short films, "Portrait de lettres avec Chœurs" and "La Lettre de Mourad", for France 2 and Mezzo.
Béatrice Thiriet has also been a music critic for France Musique and has created a chamber opera (Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize, 2001) as well as Bee et Bop, a multimedia work for children.
Born on 30 May 1958 in El-Harrach (formerly Maison-Carrée) in Algeria, Patrick Robert has been a photojournalist for 27 years. After working on the staff of the Sygma agency for 16 years, he is now a freelance photographer. Passionate about international news, he has covered numerous conflicts in Africa, Asia, the Near and Middle East and Eastern Europe. He has combined this with profiles of key figures from the world of politics and entertainment, as well as in-depth reporting. He was seriously wounded by gunfire in Liberia in 2003. His work has been recognised with a dozen international prizes, including two Gold Visa awards at the Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan.
THe jury GRAND PRIX
the special mention of the JURY
the best director award
THE AUDIENCE AWARD will be attributed by vote of the audience at the issue of each screening.