JOSEFINA MOLINA – President of the International Jury
Film director, screenwriter, television director and theater director born in Córdoba in 1936. A pioneer of Spain’s women’s cinema (she was the first woman to graduate as a film director from the Official School of Cinematography), she began her professional career in 1964 when she joined Spain’s public broadcaster TVE, where she directed all kinds of programmes as a director/producer. She created emblematic series like El camino or Entre naranjos and developed a career marked by creative rigor. Her most outstanding work for Spain’s public television was the TV series St. Teresa of Avila, starring Concha Velasco and premiered at the Valladolid Festival in 1984 in the section named The TV Series of the Year. After directing five short films, in 1973 she made her first feature, Vera, a cruel story, which was followed by Evening Performance (1981), the period drama Esquilache (1989), based on the play by Antonio Buero Vallejo A Dreamer for the People, The Most Natural Thing (1991, awarded a Goya for Best Original Soundtrack) and La Lola se va a los puertos (1993).
In 2000, the 45th edition of Seminci dedicated a retrospective to her film work and presented her with an Honorary Spike, in addition to publishing her book of memoirs Sentada en un rincón (Sitting in a Corner). In June 2006, Spain’s Council of Ministers granted her the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts and in 2012 she received the Honorary Goya Award. On the other hand, the Spanish Television Academy presented her in 2003 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, she founded, with filmmakers Isabel Coixet and Icíar Bollaín, the Association of Women Filmmakers and Media Creators (CIMA), in which she served as honorary chairwoman. In March 2015, she was elected full member of the New Visual Arts section at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. She was recently awarded the Ministry of Culture’s National Film Award for 2019.
His film work includes 22 years behind filmmakers’ gazes, movie cameras, screenplays, the creation of stories and characters, the discovery of places with formidable cultures and worldviews — all of which enabled him to produce and co-produce 32 documentaries and 25 feature films for the silver screen, and also to write five film scripts. His filmography includes titles like No one Writes to the Colonel (Arturo Ripstein, 1999), The Waiting List (Juan Carlos Tabío, 2000), Such is Life (Arturo Ripstein, 2000), Nobody Knows Anybody (Mateo Gil, 1999), Secrets of the Heart (Montxo Armendáriz, 1999), Between Your Legs (Manuel Gómez Pereira, 1999), No News from God (Agustín Díaz Yanes, 2001), Valentin (Alejandro Agresti, 2002), Les Gens honnêtes vivent en France (Bob Decout, 2005) or the TV series Les Symptômes de l’amour (Liliane de Kermadec, 2000), among others.
He has worked with actors like Bernadette Lafont, Victoria Abril, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Fanny Ardant, Jean Rochefort or Gael García Bernal, and his films have been screened and awarded at festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, Toronto, Shanghai, Havana or Sundance. As a contemporary artist, he has been exhibiting his work since 2010 in cities like Bogotá, Cartagena, Paris, Medellín and Madrid. His photography exhibitions include The Colors of Cartagena (2012), ‘La mirada del silencio’ (2015), La maleta de los iPhone fotos (2015) or La esencia del disparate (2017).
The president of Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema since 2013, he was previously its artistic director between 1994 and 2010. He is a board member of the New Latin American Cinema Foundation. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as director of programming at the Buñuel Institute and was guest lecturer for the Master in Film Industry Management at the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has been invited to be a jury member in major film festivals in Europe, Latin America, and North America, including Cannes (2019), Venice (2018), San Sebastian (1998), Documenta Madrid (2008), Málaga (2017), Sarajevo (2000) and Morelia (2018), and is a member of the International Jury of the Platino Awards for Ibero-American cinema, since their first edition in 2014. In 2000 he curated the largest retrospective of Cuban cinema in the United States for the Havana Film Festival in New York, which he himself co-founded; and in 2018 he served as the Kennedy Center’s curator for the Cuban Film Retrospective at the festival Artes de Cuba, From The Island To The World.
He directs the magazine Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano and is the head editor for America of the Diccionario del Cine Lationamericano: España, Portugal y América (Iberoautor, 2011). He is the author of books Alfredo Guevara. En el ejercicio de la crítica (Ediciones Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, La Habana, 2017) and El pretexto de la memoria (Editorial Capital Intelectual, Buenos Aires, 2018). He has also written texts on Cuban cinema for national and foreign publications.
Canadian director, screenwriter, producer, photographer and actor Philippe Lesage was born in Saint-Agapit (Quebec) in 1977. He worked as a Film teacher at the European Film College in Denmark. He directed the documentary films Pourrons-nous vivre ensemble? (2006), How Can You Tell If the Little Fish Are Happy (2009), Ce coeur qui bat (2010, which harvested the Jutra Award for Best Documentary) and Laylou (2012), before debuting in fiction with the feature film Copenhagen: A Love Story (2015).
That same year he participated in the Official Section of the San Sebastian Festival with The Demons, which was later invited to more than 60 international festivals. The Demons won the San Francisco Golden Gate Award, was included in the TIFF top ten, and was named one of the top ten films of 2015 by Variety. In 2018, he directed Genesis. Premiered at the Locarno Festival in the international competition, the film has won numerous awards including the Golden Wolf (Festival of New Cinema, Montreal), the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) and the Best Film prize at the Los Cabos Film Festival (Mexico).
Keti Machavariani (b. 1972) graduated from the Faculty of Art of Tbilisi State University in 1995 before earning another degree in Film Direction at the State University of Film and Theatre’s faculty of Cinema (2002). Between 2005 and 2006 —with the help of a scholarship of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs— she undertook a practical course with the Italian State television broadcaster RAI. Back in Georgia, she directed short films like Mariami (2003), Glass Fragment (2003) or Let’s Make The First Step (2011). Also, she worked as a director and producer of television programmes, and as assistant director for several full-length feature films. In 2010 she participated in Maia Workshops, Italy.
She was involved as an executive producer in Street Days (2010, dir. Levan Koguashvili) and took a small role in Otar Iosseliani’s film Chantrapas (2010). Salt White (2011), based on several supranational projects, was her feature debut. Keti’s next project Hands Up was the winner of script development grant 2012 (organised by Georgian National Film Center), winner of best pitch award at DAB (Directors Across Borders – co-production forum) at Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Yerevan 2012). Her filmography also includes the documentary shorts Migrants’ (2012), Koro’s Movie (2014) and Georgia 21992 (2016). Her latest film, the documentary feature Mziuri, is currently in production.
He divides his life between India and Canada; living and working in both New Delhi and Toronto. He is a filmmaker with a long and distinguished career as a photojournalist. His provocative five-year photographic coverage of the Bhopal gas tragedy won him numerous accolades including the World Press and Overseas Press Awards. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, Geo, Stern Time, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Newsweek and The London Sunday Times among others. Dilip’s first feature film, Cooking With Stella, a cross-cultural comedy, premiered as a Gala at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Cooking With Stella has had many festival successes (it screened in the Official Section of the 54th edition of SEMINCI) and won the 2009 Film Circuit’s Most Popular Film Award—the Canadian audience prize. His eloquent 2008 feature documentary about the plight of widows in contemporary India The Forgotten Woman has played at numerous festivals and won honors around the world.
He was a creative producer on Earth, an associate producer and production designer on ‘Water’, and the creative producer and production designer of Midnight’s Children. His 2016 feature documentary Mostly Sunny, an intimate portrayal of former Indo/ American/Canadian pornography star Sunny Leone (who successfully transitioned to vibrant Bollywood films). Dilip is presently working on his next feature film Sita Gets Her Passport that is set in Varanasi, India, and Tokyo, Japan.
She was born in Madrid, where she studied Journalism and Psychology. She collaborated with independent theatre groups like Canon or Tábano and began to publish her writings in several media outlets (Fotogramas, Pueblo, Posible). Since the end of 1976 she has been working on an exclusive basis for Spain’s national daily El País, where she served as editor-in-chief of its Sunday supplement in 1980-1981. In 1978 she won the Mundo de Entrevistas award, a distinction followed by the 1980 National Prize for Journalism in the category ‘features and literary articles’ and the 2005 Life Achievement Award of the Madrid Press Association. In 1979 she published her first novel, Absent Love: A Chronicle. Since then she has published fifteen novels, a book of stories and two biographical essays, as well as short stories for children and collections of interviews and articles. Her latest novel to date is Los tiempos del odio (Times of Hatred) (2018).
She is the winner of numerous literary awards for novels like The Cannibal’s Daughter (1997), The Madwoman of the House (2003), Story of the Transparent King (2005), Instructions to Save the World (2008) or The Ridiculous Idea of Not Seeing You Again (2013). Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico and is in possession of the 2014 Columnistas del Mundo International Award. In 2017 she received Spain’s National Prize for Literature. In 2018 she was appointed Honorary Professor of Humanities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.