A NEW SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT
The Directors' Fortnight is happy to introduce the new team supporting Julien Rejl in his selection process.
Gender equal and eclectic, this committee is made up of seven programmers and four consultants.
The former editor-in-chief of Magazine littéraire, Hervé Aubron is a film critic for Cahiers du cinéma. He was a long-time cinema professor at Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle University and is now an instructor and lecturer in theaters and for various institutions (French Cinematheque, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Forum des images…). He has written essays on David Lynch and Pixar studios as well as two books about Werner Herzog, in collaboration with Emmanuel Burdeau.
Agathe Bonitzer is a stage and cinema actress. She has had parts in films by Christophe Honoré, Jacques Doillon, Agnès Jaoui, Damien Manivel and Angela Schanelec and has been directed on stage by Michel Fau, Jean-Luc Revol and Robert Cantarella. She is a member of the Jean-Vigo Award jury.
From 2005 to 2015, Elsa Charbit organized Q&As, masterclasses, lectures, readings and concerts at the French Cinematheque as deputy manager of Cultural affairs. She then moved on to heading the Brive film festival (first festival dedicated to medium-length films) which she opened to international selections for its 15th edition. From 2019 to 2021, she was the artistic director of Entrevues, the Belfort international film festival.
After various experiences in distribution and film institutions, Caroline Maleville joined the French Cinematheque in 2005. As programming manager since 2009, she has been regularly organizing events dedicated to contemporary innovative filmmaking. Beyond her collaborations with the Locarno Film Festival, the FEMA La Rochelle and Entrevues in Belfort, she is also a member of several script reading committees all over France and for Arte France Cinéma.
Daniella Shreir is British and is the founder and co-editor of Another Gaze, “a journal of film and feminisms”, as well as the creator of Another Screen, an international streaming service screening underseen films by women. For the past two years, she has lead an intensive critics workshop at Open City Documentary Festival. She is a translator into English of works including Chantal Akerman’s Ma mère rit (My Mother Laughs) and will soon publish a collection of texts by Marguerite Duras.
Muyan Wang is a Chinese film critic based in Paris. Since 2012, he has been a correspondent for several Chinese media outlets, such as The Paper. He is a contributor to American magazine Film Comment and occasionally writes for French media. Also a French-Chinese translator, he has translated interviews with Robert Bresson, Bresson par Bresson.
Jean-Marc Zekri has been the head of Paris arthouse theater Le Reflet Médicis, where he moderates numerous Q&As around repertoire films, often never before seen, as well as films from emerging filmmakers. From 2009 to 2020, he was the founder and head of Baba Yaga Films, a distribution company which re-released films from Paradjanov, Duras and Muratova. He is also a member of the endowment fund board at Parisian voluntary-run theater La Clef.
Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries
Álvaro Arroba is Spanish and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he has been working as a programmer for International Independent Film Festival BAFICI since 2017. He has written about cinema and film festival chronicles in newspapers such as La Vanguardia, El diario de Sevilla, Crítica de la Argentina, and in magazines such as SoFilm, Cahiers du Cinéma, Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope. He has edited and written books dedicated to directors Francisco Regueiro, Claire Denis and also about contemporary Argentine cinema. He recently founded a publishing house, Serie Gong and published novels by Agustina Bessa-Buis and essays by Luc Moullet, Pascale Bodet and Paulino Viota.
From 2012 to 2019, Cíntia Gil directed Doclisboa - International Film Festival, before moving on to head Sheffield DocFest until 2021. In 2022, Cíntia started the programme of screenings and study groups Artistic Differences, at UnionDocs (NY), as a co-curator together with Jenny Miller and Christopher Allen.
Gil has taught seminars, lectures and workshops in different institutions (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico, EICTV in Cuba, HGK Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Germany…). She has been a member of the executive Board of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association since 2015.
Taiwan and Southeast Asia
As Programme Director for Taipei Film Festival (2014-2018), Ming-Jung Kuo carried a balance of showcasing new talent and introducing narrative VR programs as well as celebrating cinema heritage. She launched PAS Taipei in 2015 to help reinforce script development, co-production and sales strategies. She joined the Singapore International Film Festival in 2019, as Artistic Director. Between 2019 and 2021, she was on the selection committee for the Locarno Festival Open Doors.
Jean Narboni is a former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma. He has founded and headed the publishing house of the same name, which has published books by Roland Barthes, Serge Daney, Eric Rohmer or Jean Louis Schefer. In 1987, he and Noël Simsolo published a standard reference book of interviews with Samuel Fuller: Il était une fois... Samuel Fuller. His other books include Mikio Naruse Les Temps incertains, En présence d’un clown de Ingmar Bergman, La nuit sera noire et blanche, ...Pourquoi les coiffeurs ? Notes actuelles sur Le Dictateur and lately, La Grande Illusion de Céline.
Amélie Garin-Davet has programmed retrospectives for various institutions in New York, such as the cultural services of the French Embassy; her program dedicated to Moustapha Alassane was organized with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She also created a partnership between NYU and the institut français to restore several classic African films. In France, she is a member of the committee for the cinémathèque idéale des banlieues du monde, initiated by Alice Diop. She is also responsible for organizing the international tour of the Panafrican film anthology Tigritudes.