(Santiago de Chile, Chile, 1976) is a film director, screenplayer and producer. After studying at the Universidad de Artes Cencias y Comunicacion he founded the film company Fabula. In 2005 made his debut with Fuga and in 2008 won the 26th Torino Film Festival with Tony Manero, first chapter of a trilogy dedicated to Pinochet’s dictatorship, followed by Post Mortem (2010) and No (2012, nomination for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film). In 2015 El Club won the Silver Bear Grand Jury in Berlin and in 2016 he directed Neruda and Jackie (Best screenplay in Venice).
Petros Markaris (Greece) is a Greek novelist, playwright, screenwriter and literary translator. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and studied economics. He is a full time writer since 1976. His crime novels have been translated into twenty languages. He wrote three novels that deal with the Greek economic crisis and its effects on the life of the Greeks and on the city of Athens. He was the co-screenwriter of the Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos.
Gillies Mackinnon (Glasgow, Scotland, 1948) has been working for cinema and tv as a director. He directed The Grass Arena (1992), Mark Rylance’s first film, Regeneration (1997), selected in Venice Film Festival, Hideous Kinky (1998), starring Kate Winslet, and Pure (2002), with Keira Knightley. In 1992 he worked with Robin Wright, Albert Finney and Aidan Quinn for Playboys, and in 1994 directed A Simple Twist of Fate, with Steve Martin as writer and lead actor. His last film, Whisky Galore (2016), is the remake of British classic film by Alexander Mackendrick.
Santiago Mitre (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1980) in 2010 co-founded the production company La unión de los ríos, with which he produced his first feature El estudiante (2012), Special Jury Prize in Filmmakers of the Present section in Locarno. With La patota (2015) he won Best Film at the Critic’s Week in Cannes and the Best Actress Award for Dolores Fonzi in Torino. His last La cordillera had its world premiere in Cannes’ Un certain regard last may.
Isabella Ragonese (Palermo, Italy, 1981) debuted in 2006 with Nuovomondo by Emanuele Crialese. With Tutta la vita davanti (2008) by Paolo Virzì she has come to be known, gaining a nomination for the Nastri d’argento. She then won the prize in 2010 for Due vite per caso (2009) by Alessandro Aronadio and for La nostra vita (2010) by Daniele Lucchetti. She then worked in La sedia della felicità (2014) by Carlo Mazzacurati, selected at the Torino Film Festival, and won the Globo d’oro for her performance in Il padre d’Italia (2017) by Fabio Mollo