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  Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman was born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1955. He spent his early life in rural Idaho and earned his first degree, a Bachelor's in Theater Arts, from Boise State University where he was a founding member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. While there, he won a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University. He read English Literature at Oriel College, where he made his first feature film, PRIVILEGED, a student drama starring Hugh Grant, Imogen Stubbs and James Wilby.

His next films, PROMISED LAND (1987) starring Meg Ryan and Kiefer Sutherland, and festival favorite SOME GIRLS (1988) with Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Connolly, both were produced by Robert Redford's Wildwood Productions. In 1991 he directed Paramount's hit comedy SOAPDISH starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey, Teri Hatcher, and Elizabeth Shue, followed in 1995 by RESTORATION, produced by Miramax, which also starred Meg Ryan, Polly Walker and Hugh Grant, and won two Oscars in 1996.

Hoffman's next film was Fox's romantic comedy ONE FINE DAY (1996) with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, followed in 1998 by William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM starring Pfeiffer again along with Kevin Kline, Sam Rockwell and Rupert Everett. In 2001, he worked again with Kevin Kline and newcomer Emil Hirsh on the classroom drama THE EMPEROR'S CLUB which made a number of critics' top ten lists. In 2005, Hoffman directed GAME SIX for his own company Serenade Films which premiered at the Sundance Film festival.

In 2008, Hoffman shot his script of THE LAST STATION, the story of Leo Tolstoy's final year. The film stars Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James Macavoy and Paul Giamatti. Hoffman's screenplay was awarded the prize for Best International Literary Adaptation by the Frankfurt Book Fair. Both Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for their work in the film.

Hoffman's shot his remake of the 60s heist film GAMBIT in 2011. Scripted by the Coen brothers, it stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Tom Courtenay.

  László Rajk

Born in 1949 in Budapest, László Rajk is a practicing architect, production designer, professor in production desing at the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest, and known also as a former dissident, human rights activist. He studied architecture at the Budapest Technical University and at School of Architecture of McGill University in Montreal. As an architect and freelance artist became the member of the Hungarian avantgarde movement in the seventies. From 1975 he was a member of the Hungarian Democratic Opposition, in 1981 co-founded the underground AB Publishing House, and ran an illegal bookstore in his apartment called "Samizdat Boutique". In 1988 Rajk was one of the founders of the liberal party, the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), and had been an MP for six years after the first free elections in 1990.

Since 1972 he has been the production designer of several Hungarian and international film productions, working with i.a. Béla Tarr, Miklós Jancsó, Szabolcs Hajdu, Márta Mészáros, Costa Gavras, Mikael Salamon, John Irwin, Vittorio Storaro.

  Samira Makhmalbaf

Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran. At the age of 8, she appeared in The Cyclist directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, her father. Samira Makhmalbaf became the youngest director in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 with her first film THE APPLE, which she directed at the age of 17. THE APPLE was invited to more than 100 international film festivals in a period of two years, while going to the screen in more than 30 countries.

Her second and third films, THE BLACKBOARD (2000) and AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON (2003) both received the Prix du Jury at Cannes. Samira alongside other prominent directors like Ken Loach, Amos Gitai, Shohei Imamura, Youssef Chahine, Sean Penn.... made one of the eleven episodes of the film "11'09''01 - September 11". The film was premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2002.

Since the Iranian Government did not give the permeation to shoot in Iran to her, Samira Makhmalbaf shot her latest film in Afghanistan titled TWO-LEGGED HORSE (2007). Her shooting in Afghanistan was disturbed by thrown of a bomb into her scene which resulted in severe injuries of 6 people. Despite all the difficulties she faced, Samira did not leave Afghanistan until she finished her film.

Samira Makhmalbaf has also participated as jury member in reputable film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Moscow, Montreal,

  Giorgi Nakashidze

Actor of theatre and film, Giorgi Nakashidze was born in 1971 in Tbilisi. In 1992 he graduated from Shota Rustaveli Georgian State University of Theatre and Film, faculty of drama acting (the group of Mikheil Tumanishvili). Currently, he is an actor at the Mikheil Tumanishli Film Actors Theatre. He has played leading roles in the plays of Shakespeare, Moliere, Akutagawa, Chekhov, as well as in the plays of modern Georgian dramatists.

One of his first roles in film he played in "On the Edge" by Dito Tsintsadze, which was awarded "Silver Leopard" at the Locarno international Film Festival in 1993. From the roles he played during last couple of years, it's worth to mention "Mediator" (2008) by Dito Tsintsadze and "Jakho's Lodgers" (2009) by Dato Janelidze. Just a while ago, he has casted in the Georgian-Estonian co-production "Tangerines" by Zaza Urushadze, where he played a role of Chechen Soldier. This film will be screened within the 14th Tbilisi International Film Festival. Giorgi Nakashidze has been also casting in various popular Georgian television series.

  Mateusz Werner

Mateusz Werner, Ph.D., born 1970, is a philosopher of culture and film critic. He lectures at UKSW University in Warsaw. Editor of the philosophical quarterly Kronos. Author of a book Facing up to Nihilism. Gombrowicz, Witkacy (Warsaw, 2009); editor of What Kieślowski Tells Us Today? (Warsaw, 2008) and Polish Cinema Now! Focus On Contemporary Polish Cinema (John Libbey Publishing, London, 2010, CommunicationBooks, Inc., Seoul, 2012). Recently edited collection of Pier Paolo Pasolini's essays After genocide (Warsaw, 2012). Contributed to international film magazines e.g. Cahiers du cinéma, Close Up (Italy). Member of FIPRESCI and Polish Filmmakers Association.

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  Ulrich Gregor

A film historian and critic, Ulrich Gregor has a long-term friendship and cooperation with Tbilisi Film Festival. Professor of the history of film at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Co-founder of institute for Cinema and Video Art "Arsenal" and head of the organizational group. Director of the International Forum for New Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival until 2001. Since 1981, together with Moritz de Hadeln was the director of Berlin Film Festival. Ulrich Gregor is considered among the leading film critics.

Together with his wife, Erika Gregor, he has significantly contributed to the development of the Cinema by curatorial work. Erika and Ulrich Gregors were awarded A Berlinale Camera at Berlin Film Festival in 2010 for the special contribution to cinema. Apart from the life-long experience in Television and radio, his articles are permanently published in the international film journals as well (Nuovo Cinema, Cinema 56).

  Giovanni Spagnoletti

Born in Milan, 2/12/1949, Giovanni Spagnoletti studied German Literature at the Freie Universität in Berlin and received a degree in German Studies at La Sapienza University in Rome with top honors. 1981 he became a researcher in German Literature at the same institution. Since 1991 he has taught "Cinema and Criticism" at La Sapienza and, since November 2000, has been Professor of Cinema at Rome's Tor Vergata University. In 2002, he also taught History of Cinema at the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema/Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.

An expert in the relationship between literature and cinema, Giovanni Spagnoletti has worked in the fields of German Cinema and has published many works on the subjects. He is also an expert on Italian Cinema and International Independent Cinema.

He has acted as consultant for many festivals (Taormina, "Internationales Forum des jungen Films" of Berlin, Munich, Turin and Venice); since 2000 has been the director of the Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema/Pesaro Film Festival and is also the President of Associazione Italiana Festival di Cinema (Afic).

Since 1997, he has been editor of the quarterly review "Close Up" and, since 1998, of the Web magazine "Close-Up".

  Erika Gregor

Studied German and English literature, History and Philosophy in Gottingen, London, Munich and Berlin. In 1963 co-founder and since then active member of the association "Friends of the German Cinematheque". Programmer and organizer for the Arsenal cinema since its foundation in 1970. From 1971 to 2004 member of selection committee of the International Forum of New Cinema of the Berlin Film Festival. Festival organizer and coordinator, member of festival juries and film funding commissions. Curating of retrospectives, national and thematic film programmes ("Stations of modernism", "Jewish Lifestyles", "Japan and Europe", "Moscow-Berlin", "German Images") in the Eighties and Nineties. Publication of books and catalogues and (together with Ulrich Gregor) of the ongoing series „Kinemathek".

Erika and Ulrich Gregors were awarded A Berlinale Camera at Berlin Film Festival in 2010 for the special contribution to cinema.

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