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Guests 2019

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez is an unusual figure in the field of cinema. He is a Jack of all trades and has worked as a director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and composer. From El Mariachi, shot for $7 000 – the record holder for the film with the smallest budget ever distributed by a Hollywood studio – to the blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel produced by James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez can look back on a career full of successful films. Without providing a complete list, mention may be made of the explosive Desperado, the two Sin City movies co-directed with Franck Miller, the Grindhouse project with Quentin Tarantino and, of course, the cult movie From Dusk till Dawn.

After setting up his Troublemaker Studios production company in Austin in 2000 and the El Rey Network TV channel in 2014, he founded together with his sons Racer and Rebel Double R Productions, a production and development company for television, cinema, video games and interactivity. In addition to Red 11, Double R has produced The Limit, a VR short with Michelle Rodriguez.

Buddy Giovinazzo

Buddy Giovinazzo is a filmmaker known for his gritty low-budget debut film, Combat Shot. He also directed No Way Home and Life is Hot in Cracktown, based on his collection of short stories of the same name, published in 1993.

Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode is chief film critic at the Observer and resident critic for The Film Review on the BBC News Channel. He hosts the weekly “Kermode on Film” podcast, and presents the showMK3D at the British Film Institute in London.

Angel Sala

Angel Sala is a film critic, programmer and cultural manager. A former programmer for Catalan television, today he heads the Sitges International Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious fantastic film events.

Jack Bell

I’ve worked at Park Circus for 8 years overseeing sales, ensuring distribution for many of the greatest films ever made. I work with cinemas worldwide who share the same passion as me – seeing films back on the big screen. There’s nothing better.

Martine Bounaix

Martine Bounaix has taught French literature since the year 2000 at the lycée Marc Bloch in Bischheim. When the school’s cinema section opened, she joined the teaching staff to introduce students to screenplay writing. Her interests lie in the visual arts, theatre and literature.

Elena Manrique

Executive producer of more than 25 films, including Pan’s Labyrinth and The Life of Adèle, I am also a buyer and programmer for Canal + Cinema in Spain, and also programme for Venice Days and the Miami International Film Festival.

Chris Oosterom

In the 1980s and 1990s, Chris Oosterom worked as a film programmer for various venues in the Netherlands. After six years at the Dutch Filmmuseum, he started his own distribution company and today is the artistic director of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Flore Tournois

Flore Tournois has 17 years’ experience at the Star cinemas in Strasbourg and has been their operations manager since 2011. Committed to cinemas at the national level, she chaired the Commission de Réflexion des Jeunes Exploitants at the National Federation of French Cinemas for four years.

Linda Ruth Williams

Film professor at Exeter University in the UK, Williams is the author of The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema and the forthcoming Steven Spielberg’s Children. She’s currently working on a book about British women writer-directors.

Eléa Gobbé Mévellec

After studying at the Ecole des Gobelins, Eléa Gobbé Mévellec made the short film Escale, before working as a character animator for such films as Ernest and Celestine, The Rabbi’s Cat and April and the Extraordinary World. In 2019, she co-directed The Swallows of Kabul.

Stéphane Aubier

Vincent Patar and Séphane Aubier are both graduates of the National School of Visual Arts (La Cambre) in Brussels and have worked together since graduating. Their first collaboration was the creation of Pic-Pic the pig and André the horse. They co-directed A Town Called Panic which was selected as an out of competition film at Cannes and was nominated for a French César award in the foreign film category. Their film Ernest and Celestine (co-directed with Benjamin Renner), won the César in 2013 for the best animated film.

Vincent Patar

Vincent Patar and Séphane Aubier are both graduates of the National School of Visual Arts (La Cambre) in Brussels and have worked together since graduating. Their first collaboration was the creation of Pic-Pic the pig and André the horse. They co-directed A Town Called Panic which was selected as an out of competition film at Cannes and was nominated for a French César award in the foreign film category. Their film Ernest and Celestine (co-directed with Benjamin Renner), won the César in 2013 for the best animated film.

Zouhair Chebbale

Zouhair Chebbale is an author-director who makes society-themed TV documentaries about immigration and integration, such as C’est mieux là-bas, Un Piranha sous la capuche, as well as short fiction films.

Afsaneh Chehrehgosha

Afsaneh Chehrehgosha is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Thanks to her art agency Persanophone, unicorns, elves and demons come to life. She’s also co-president of Strass’Iran and the Quinzaine Culturelle iranienne.

Anne Fantinel

Anne Fantinel finds that comedy makes life sweeter. She co-writes and co-produces the Hopla Trio comedy series and works on other projects that make their readers laugh. She hopes they will become films that will make even more people laugh.

Glenn Handley

Glenn Handley heads the cinema section of the Grand Est Cultural Agency, providing support for film shoots, authors and the organisation of regional cinema training courses. He previously worked for the Forum des images in Paris.