Tommy Lee Jones
Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before attending St. Mark’s School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English. He made his feature film debut in Love Story (1970) and, in a career spanning four decades, has starred in more than 70 films and won or received nominations for multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and other accolades. He was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award for the box office hit The Fugitive in 1994. In 2005, he starred in the critically acclaimed, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed and produced. This film debuted in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for Best Actor. In 2015, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame at the Austin Film Society Awards, and also recognized as one of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood. This fall audiences will next see Jones star with Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo in Just Getting Started. The film reteams Jones with director Ron Shelton, who directed Cobb. Most recently, Jones completed filming Shock and Awe for director Rob Reiner and Ad Astra alongside Brad Pitt for director James Gray.
Director / Writer / Producer
Reza Mirkarimi was born in Tehran, where he graduated from the Fine Arts University in Graphic Arts. His cinema Activities began in 1987 with a short followed by two TV series for young people. His first feature, The Child and The Soldier (1999), has won several national and international awards, and was released in France in 2001. His second feature Under the Moonlight (2000), dealing with social and religious issues, won the 40th critics’ week Best Feature Award at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Director’s Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2001. Three of his films have been entered by Iran for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: So Close, So Far (2005), A Cube of Sugar (2011) and Today (2014).His fourth film As Simple as that (2007) and the latest film Daughter (2016) won the Golden George award for Best Film at the 30th and 38th Moscow International Film Festival. He has also sat on several international film festival juries, including as the president of the jury at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival. He has been working as the director of the Fajr International Film Festival since 2015.
Zhao Wei is considered one of the most popular actresses in China. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao received unprecedented popularity in China for starring in the TV series “My Fair Princess”. Later on Zhao rose to international stardom in Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer (2001), John Woo’s historical epic Red Cliff (2009) and Johnnie To's Three (2016). For her excellent performance in A Time To Love (2005), she received the Best Actress award from the Shanghai International Film Festival. Due to her outstanding performance in Peter Chan’s Dearest (2014), she has received 7 best actress awards including Hong Kong Film Awards and Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. In 2013, Zhao released her directorial debut So Young (2013). The film was critically acclaimed, while its domestic box office set new records in China. She finished the primary filming for her second directorial feature in 2016. In the same year, Zhao served as jury member at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
Martin Provost turned to filmmaking in the 1990s, directing two short films, J'ai peur du noir and Cocon (1992). In 1997, he directed his first feature, the comedy Tortilla y cinem . In 2002, he wrote and directed Le ventre de Juliette , dealing with the theme of parent-child relationships. He made a comeback with Seraphine (2008), starring Yolande Moreau. It won seven Cesar awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actress. He reunited with Moreau for The Long Falling (2011). Portraits of women are a recurring theme for Provost. Violette (2013) shows the intense friendship between Violette Leduc and Simone de Beauvoir in post-war Saint-Germain-des-Pres. In 2017, Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve take center stage in The Midwife , the story of the extraordinary relationship between a midwife and her late father's old mistress.
Debuted with Shonben Rider in 1983. Won 10 leading and supporting actor awards including the Japan Academy Prize with My Sons (1991). A Class To Remember II (1996) and Abduction (1997) won him a Japan Academy Prize for Supporting Actor two years in a row. He also won for Leading Actor with The Hidden Blade (2004). He starred in many international films such as Cannes Best Artistic Contribution award-winning American film Mystery Train (1989), Locarno Golden Leopard-winning Hong Kong film Autumn Moon (1991), and Icelandic film Cold Fever (1995), which won Grand-Prix at Rimini, Director Award at Edinburgh, and Special Jury Award at Torino, and Kaasan Mom’s Life (2011) won him a Japan Movie Critics Award for Best Leading Actor. He was nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor as a first actor from out of greater China. With Sweet Bean (2015), the opening film for Cannes Un Certain Regard section and Best Film at Valletta Film Festival, Nagase won many actor awards. In recent years, he appeared in 64: Part I&II (2016), Black Widow Business (2016) and others. Radiance by Naomi Kawase and Paterson by Jim Jarmusch are to be released in Japan this year. Radiance is the only Japanese film selected for Cannes Competition this year, and along with An and Paterson, Nagase is the first actor in Japan whose films were officially selected for Cannes three years in a row. He is also a photographer with over-20-year career, holding many exhibitions.
Jose Luis Rebordinos
Director General, San Sebastian Festival
Jose Luis Rebordinos has directed many film festivals over 20 years and took up his position as Director General of the San Sebastian Festival in 2011. He is the co-author of several books on Basque filmmakers and on Asian cinema. In 2015 the Council of Ministers of Spain bestowed on him the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts.
As the founder of Bom Film Productions, Oh is one of the most prolific and respected film producers in South Korea. With a unique style that challenges conventional ideas, she produced numerous films such as Untold Scandal, A Bittersweet Life and Woman on the Beach.
Isao Yukisada won the FIPRESCI Award at the 5th Busan International Film Festival with Sunflower (2000) and also won the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year with Go (2001). Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (2004) marked a huge box-office success. He has cemented his status as a hit filmmaker. With Parade (2010), he won the FIPRESCI Award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. His latest films include Narratage, which is scheduled to be released in October and River's Edge based on Kyoko Okazaki's comic will be released in 2018.
Associate professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute
Nick Deocampo is a prizewinning documentary filmmaker, film historian, and associate professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He received his M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University and his Certificate in Film at the Centre de formacion au cinema direct in Paris. He has received international fellowships and grants for film production and film research, including from the Japan Foundation and Sumitomo Foundation.
He has been the program director of Athenee Francais Cultural Center since1979, where he screens over 200 films from across the world every year. Since 1998, he has started serving concurrently as the co-director of the Film School of Tokyo. Since 2009, as a member of the board directors of the Japan Community Cinema Center, he has promoted the establishment of a system to secure screening locations with joint cooperation of the government and private.
Curator, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Jacob Wong has been with the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) for over two decades, & is currently Curator of the HKIFF & Director of HAF, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum.?Recently he also has become Director of Film Industry Services, to further develop the HKIFFS' industry-related activities.? Outside of the HKIFFS, he is the Delegate of East Asia for the Berlin, & Programme Advisor of the Nara IFF.
Director, Sydney Film Festival
Nashen Moodley is the Director of Sydney Film Festival. During his six years at the helm, the Festival has grown significantly. Moodley’s career in film programming has encompassed leadership roles as Manager and Head of Programming at the Durban International Film Festival (2001?2011) and as a programming consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival (2005?present).
Born in Ibaraki, Japan. Aspired to become a filmmaker while attending the Law Department at Waseda University. In 1976, completed his first film Godspeed You! Black Emperor showed five films from 1979-92. Who's Camus Anyway? (05) was his first film in ten years since he has presented the documentary Wandering Paddlers in 1995, and won the “Japanese Eyes” Best Picture Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. This film was also screened at the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. He was an international jury member of Competition section of 19th Tokyo International Film Festival.