FEATURE FILM JURY
Zabou Breitman - President
Zabou Breitman has been immersed in theatre and cinema since her childhood. She studied cinema and then attended the Cour Simon school of acting before running away. After a brief stint on television in the 80s, she began her career in the cinema in Elle voit des nains partout!. She then collaborated with great French filmmakers such as Diane Kurys, Henri Verneuil, Philippe Lioret, Pierre Jolivet, Michel Deville, Pierre Schoeller, Nicolas Bedos. While continuing her career as an actress on stage and on screen, she directed various plays for the theatre and in 2001 she directed her first feature film Beautiful Memories which received the César Award for Best First Feature Film. This was followed by The man of my life, Someone I Loved, No and me, the TV show Paris, etc., as well as The Swallows of Kabul, released in theatres last year (Un Certain Regard 2019 Selection).
Drawing on a solid classical training and inspiration from all musical currents, the Franco-Tunisian composer Amine Bouhafa develops a very personal style that plays on the clichés of orientalism. Awarded with César for Best Original Music in 2014 for the film Timbuktu, he has since signed a number of scores for demanding films such as Beauty and the Dogs (Prize for Best Sound Creation - Un Certain Regard), Un fils or Tu mourras à vingt ans (Prize for Best Original Music at the Odessa Festival 2020). Amine Bouhafa stars in Gagarine (Best Original Music Award at the FIFB 2020 and the Rome Film Festival) and The Man Who Sold His Skin. He is currently working on Patrick Imbert's animated film The Summit of the Gods.
After studying at the École Duperré in Textile Arts and Printing, then at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs - where she made experimental videos, installations, and documentaries - Sophie Letourneur directed her first short film La tête dans le vide in 2004, which won numerous awards, then two medium-length films that were released in theatres: Manue bolonaise (2005) and Roc et canyon (2007). This was followed by Chicks (2010), then The Shady Sailor (2011) which she presented at the Locarno festival - where she took the opportunity to shoot Les coquillettes (2012) - and in which she also acted. She then directed her third feature film Gaby baby doll (2014) then Enormous released this year with Jonathan Cohen and Marina Foïs in the cast.
A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Paris, Vincent Macaigne went to the stage very early and multiplied his free adaptations of the great classics, for which he made a name for himself. In 2001, he appeared for the first time on the big screen in Replay de Catherine Corsini. From short films to feature films, he intensified his collaborations and played in films by Guillaume Brac, Bertrand Bonello and Vincent Mariette. In 2013, he is revealed at the Cannes Film Festival notably thanks to his appearances in Age of Panic, 2 Autumns 3 Winters and The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu for which he will be nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor. In 2017, he directs his first feature film Comfort and Consolation in France.
A graduate of the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique de Paris, Nicolas Maury works on stage with great directors. Accustomed to auteur cinema, he shoots under the direction of Patrice Chéreau, Philippe Garrel, Olivier Assayas, Rebecca Zlotowski, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Riad Sattouf and Pascal Bonitzer. Mikael Buch gave him the lead role in his burlesque comedy Let my people go!, which earned him a nomination for the César Award for Most Promising Actor. Yann Gonzalez gave him a role in You and the Night and Knife+Heart. It was with the role of Hervé André-Jezak in the series Call my agent! that he became known to the general public. His first feature film My Best Part was released in October 2020.
SHORT FILM JURY
Guillaume Senez - President
Guillaume Senez was born in Brussels in 1978. He is the author of several short films, selected in many festivals: La quadrature du cercle (2005), Dans nos veines (2009), selected in Cannes for the Unifrance prize for best short film, U.H.T. (2012), nominated for the Magritte of Belgian cinema, and Mieux que les rois et la gloire (2020). In 2016, he released his first feature film, Keeper. The film was selected in more than 70 festivals around the world (Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Angers - Jury's Grand Prize) and received more than 20 awards, including 3 Magritte du cinéma. His second feature film, Our Struggles, was selected at the International Critics' Week (Cannes 2018). The film won five of the 2019's Magritte Awards (including Best Film and Best Direction).
Noée Abita, 20 years old, was revealed by Ava Léa Mysius' first feature film presented at Cannes at The International Critics' Week. She was nominated for the 2018 César Revelations for her performance. The same year, she played the role of Jean-Hugues Anglade's daughter in Gilles Lellouche's Sink or Swim, which was screened out of competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. She once again takes on a leading role in Genesis by Philippe Lesage, selected in international competition at the Locarno International Film Festival. She plays alongside Vincent Lacoste in My Days of Glory directed by Antoine de Bary and then with Laetitia Casta in the series Une île by Julien Trousselier, in which she plays the lead role. Slalom, Charlène Favier's first feature film with Jérémie Rénier was released in 2020.
Stéphanie Carreras makes her debut as a producer at Lazennec Tout Court. She moves on to feature films with Marock by Laila Marrakchi, then creates her company Estrella Productions with Philippe Pujo. They produce : On Air by Pierre Pinaud, Rock the kasbah by Laïla Marrakchi, Dumped by Eloïse Lang and to be released, The Rose Maker by Pierre Pinaud. Always on the lookout for new talent, they have just co-produced with Eleanor Coleman the animated short film Navozande, the musician of Reza Riahi, who has a great career in festivals.
A self-taught director, screenwriter and producer, Charlène Favier is an explorer. She grew up between Val d'Isère and Bourg-en-Bresse and now lives between Paris and Marseille. As a child, sport, travel and art in all its forms inhabited her and it was in 2007 in Australia that she made her first documentary. She studied acting at the Jacques Lecoq school in London and acting direction at the Astoria studio in New York. In 2020, her short film Odol gorri is selected for the César Awards and then Slalom, her first feature film, is announced in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, starring Noée Abita and Jérémie Renier.
Always been passionate by the acting profession, Grégory Fitoussi quickly went through castings and landed a role in 2001 in the series Méditerranée. After having played in many fictions, he obtains a lead role in the series Engrenages. In parallel, he began his international career in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster Rise of the Cobra and played in the series Mr Selfbridge. He also starred in Xavier Durringer's The Conquest (selected at Cannes in 2011), Une nuit by Philippe Lefevre and Big is Beautiful by Charlotte de Turkheim, then in 2013 in World War Z alongside Brad Pitt. Lately, he has appeared in Le bureau des légendes, Beecham house by Gurinder Chadha and La garçonne with Laura Smet.