The 2016 Jury

Feature Films Jury

Radu Mihailenu - President of the Jury


Radu Mihailenu flees Romania from Ceausescu’s regime in 1980 to migrate in Israel, and finally in France, where he studies film at IDHEC (La Fémis). He starts to work first as an editor, then as an assistant director (with Marco Ferreri, Nicole Garcia, Fernando Trueba...) and shoots his first short films. He also publishes in 1987 the poetry book Une vague en mal de mer.


In 1993, Radu Mihaileanu shoots his first feature film, Trahir. The film is well-received and wins several prizes in festivals (Montreal, Istanbul…). His second film, Train of Life (1998) meets international success and wins, between others, the audience award at Sundance Festival, and the FIPRESCI prize at Venice Mostra.


The director’s third feature film, Live and Become (2005), is very well-received at the Berlinale : Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Panorama’s section audience award and Label Europa Cinema. The film also wins the César for Best screenplay in 2006, and gathers more than 400 000 spectators.


In 2009, The Concert, with French actress Mélanie Laurent and Russian actor Aleksei Guskov, is released and attracts a 1,9 million audience. The film is rewarded in 2010 by the César for best score and the César for best sound, and finalist for the Golden Globes.


Afterwards, Radu Mihaileanu shoots The Source, with French actresses Leïla Bekhti and Hafsia Herzi. The film is selected in official Competition at Cannes Festival in 2011.


In November 2016, his latest film The Story of Love, is released in France. It’s an adaptation from a novel by Nicole Krauss, with the British actress Gemma Arterton.


Sebastian Schipper


After studying theater in Munich, Sebastian Schipper starts his career as a comedian in The English Patient (1996), Winter Sleepers (1997), and Run Lola Run (1998). He starts to direct his own films afterwards, and shoots Gigantics in 1999, A Friend of Mine (2006) with Daniel Brühl, and Sometimes in August (2008). His career becomes internationally renowned in 2015, thanks to his film Victoria : a 2h14 sequence-shot with non-professional actors, selected at the Berlinale and European Film Awards. The film is a success is many countries. The same year, Sebastian Schipper coproduces the film of his compatriot Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann, surprise-buzz this year at Cannes. He’s currently preparing his next feature film, Undeniable.


Bruno Coulais

Gifted with a solid classical training, Bruno Coulais chooses music composition as a career path very early on. Passionate with cinema, the creation of original soundtracks becomes his preferred terrain. He quickly acquires a strong renown though films such as Himalaya (1999), for which he wins a second César after Microcosmos (1996), Winged Migration (2001), Coraline (2009), The Secret of Kells (2009), Farewell, My Queen (2012), or very recently Journey Through French Cinema by Bertrand Tavernier (2016).

Mélanie Bernier 


Mélanie Bernier starts her career in cinema, TV and theater at the age of 15. In 2012, she plays in Les Gamins, with Alain Chabat and Sandrine Kiberlain, and appears the next year in The Informant, The Scapegoat and Populaire. In 2015, her career takes off : she plays the female leading roles in Our Futures and Blind Dates. She will be soon in The Apple of My Eye by Axelle Ropert and Tout là-haut by Serge Hazanavicius.

Olafur Darri Olafsson
Born in the US, Olafur Darri Olafsson goes back to Iceland at the age of 4, where he studies theater. In 2000, he is noticed by the director Baltasar Kormakur, with whom he collaborates on many projects, such as 101 Reykjavik, The Deep, and recently in the series Trapped. Pursuing his career between Europe and US, he also plays in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by Ben Stiller, True Detective, together with Matthew McConaughey, and The Big Fat Giant, by Steven Spielberg. In 2015, he is part of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Festival.

Catherine Corsini


Catherine Corsini gets passionate about cinema in her young years. She directs her first feature film, Poker, in 1987, followed by Lovers, selected at Cannes Festival in 1994, The New Eve (1999), selected at the Berlinale, and La Répétition, presented in Cannes in 2001. She comes back to the comedy with The Very Merry Widows (2003) and Les Ambitieux (2007), selected at Rome Festival’s first edition. In 2009, she shoots Leaving with Kristin Scott Thomas, acclaimed by the public and the press, and Three Worlds, presented in 2012 at Un Certain Regard. In 2015, she signs Summertime, with Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin.

Mélanie Doutey


After her studies at Paris Conservatoire, Mélanie Doutey lands a part in Les gens qui s’aiment (1999) by Jean-Charles Tacchella. Then, she pursues her career in theater, TV and cinema, especially in The Warrior’s Brother (2000) by Pierre Jolivet, for which she is nominated for César for the Best Female Newcomer, and in The Flower of Evil (2002) by Claude Chabrol, for which she wins the Suzanne-Bianchetti Prize. Her career is launched and she plays in films such as The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (2004), Ma place au soleil (2007), All about Actresses (2009), The Players (2012), The Connection (2014) and Entre amis (2015). We will see her soon in the series La main du mal, together with the actor JoeyStarr.

Short films Jury

Antonin Peretjatko - President of the short films Jury


Graduated from Louis Lumière School, Antonin Peretjatko directs several short films in the 2000’s. He stands out in 2009 with his documentary Derrière les barreaux, rewarded by the Critics Prize.


In 2013, he shoots his first fiction feature film, La fille du 14 juillet, selected at Cannes Festival (Director’s Fortnight and Camera d’Or), for the César and Prix Lumière 2014 (in the categories Best First Feature Film and Best Male Newcomer for Vincent Macaigne).


Antonin Peretjatko releases La loi de la jungle, with Vimala Pons and Vincent Macaigne, in 2016.

Alice de Lencquesaing


In parallel with her literary studies, Alice de Lencquesaing starts her career as a comedian ten years ago. She plays for directors such as Mia Hansen Love (Father of My Children (2009), Maïwenn (Polisse, 2011), Guillaume Nicloux (The Nun (2013) and Stéphane Liberski (Tokyo Fiancée (2014). In 2016, she appears in Chocolat by Roschdy Zem, Braqueurs by Julien Leclercq, Frantz de François Ozon and Heal the Living by Katell Quillévéré. Moreover, she is working on her own projects and currently developing her first short film.

François Theurel


François Theurel studies political sciences and sociology. He launches in 2012 a channel on Youtube, mainly dedicated to genre cinema. The leading show, Le Fossoyeur de Films, which gathers nearly 600 000 subscribers, blends film critics and analysis with offbeat humour.

Finnegan Oldfield


Finnegan Oldfield starts his career in the films Nobody Else But You (2011), Blind Valley (2011), Geronimo (2014). In 2015, he plays in Neither Heaven Nor Earth by Clément Cogitore, and with François Damiens in Les Cowboys, for which he is nominated for the César for the Best Male Newcomer. This year, he appears in Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) by Eva Husson, Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello, and Heal the Living by Katell Quillévéré. He will soon be in the film Marvin, by Anne Fontaine, in which he plays the leading part.

Lola Bessis


At the age of 19, Lola Bessis writes and produces the short film Checkpoint (2010), together with Ruben Amar. She directs her first feature film Swim Little Fish Swim (2014), in which she plays the leading part. The film is well received by the critics and goes to many festivals around the world. Lola Bessis continues at the same time her career as a comedian (she will soon be in M. & Mme Adelman by Nicolas Bedos) and develops her next film Destiny. In 2016, she participates in Talents Cannes Adami.

Audrey Estrougo


Audrey Estrougo shoots her first feature film Regarde moi in 2007. Then, she directs the musical Leila, released in 2011, and Une histoire banale (2014). Her fourth film, Jailbirds, released last September, is about the female prison environment and features Sophie Marceau. Audrey Estrougo just finished shooting her first series, Héroïnes, with Romane Bohringer, which will be broadcasted in February 2017.