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Lana Gogoberidze

After graduating from the Tbilisi State University (Department of the English Language and Literature) in 1955, Lana Gogoberidze made her dissertation on Social Nature of Walt Whitman's Poetry. In the same year, she published a monograph on Walt Whitman and two collections of her translations of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and Gardener by R.Tagore.
In 1958, Lana Gogoberidze graduated from the Department of Filmmaking of the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). Her diploma works include Gelathi and Tbilisi - 1500.
In 1958-1992 she shot the following feature fi lms: Under One Sky, See the Sun, Frontiers, When Almonds Blossomed, The Waltz on the Pechora, Some Interviews on Personal Questions, the Little Incident, Whirlwind, Day is Longer than Night; a documentary: Letters to My Children (the film depicts life of Lado Aleksi-Meskhishvili).
Lana Gogoberidze's fiction and documentaries have won many international awards. She is the State Award of the USSR (1979) and State Award of Georgian SSR (1984) winner and a honorary title holder of People's Artist of Republic of Georgia and Order of Honor.
In 1988, Lana Gogoberidze was elected a President of International Association of Women Directors with headquarters in London. She has been a jury panel member and chair at many international fi lm festivals.
In recognition of her efforts in filmmaking, poetry, translation and in promoting Georgia-France friendship (as a chair of parliamentary group), Lana Gogoberidze received French National Order of the Legion of Honor in 1997.
She has published a collection of translations "Foreign Poetry in Georgian" in 1996 and her memoirs "What I Remember and How I Recall" in 2003.

Michele Panella

Michele Panella is the Associate Director of the International Festival Intercity based in Florence, Italy and Teatro della Limonaia. He also directed the theatre section of the Florence Fringe Festival (1999 -2001).
Intercity Festival is an annual event which connects Florence and Sesto Fiorentino with another city in the world, offering to the Italian public an opportunity to become acquainted with new writing and culture of distant places.
Michele has been invited to San Paolo, Dublin, Toronto, London and many other cities to present the Italian contemporary dramaturgy and also to observe the contemporary cultural scenes.
Panella usually workshops and translates the Italian new writing, and also works on the modern texts of Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Michel Marc Bouchard, Gillian Slovo and others in various countries around the world being already established as an international messenger of a new word in arts.

Joe Wright

Born in 1972 in London. Attended the Camberwell College of Arts. Trained as a fi lmmaker at London's St. Martins art school. Named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" (2006). In 2007, he became the youngest director in history to have a film open the Venice Film Festival (his film ATONEMENT was chosen to open 64th Venice International Film Festival).

Robert Smajgert

Robert Smajgert was born 1964 in the City of Essen / Germany as the son of political refugees of former Yugoslavia. He studied Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology und Journalism and worked as an actor before he started to write and direct stage plays and became familiar with the fi lm business. Since 1999 he works as an Arts Manager, creating interdisciplinary and innovative concepts for art projects, too. Actually Smajgert is busy as a conceptional-head and fi lm-director for INTERARTES fi lm production / Metropole Ruhr, which initiates and creates feature, documentary and musical fi lms and experimental cinematographic projects. In combination of different artistic disciplines INTERARTES, which made many highly successful cinema and TV films, searches for enhanced quality in fi lm production as well. As a film-director Smajgert works actually on the movie "Children of Ganymed" which also plays in Georgia.

Serge Sobczynski

Initially Serge Sobczynski worked as an executive director in national institutions of culture: National Theatre of Strasbourg, Comedie-Francaise, Lille National Orchestra and Lyon National Orchesrta. Then he worked as a director of the department of culture at the municipalities in Rouen and Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions. In addition he served as a counsellor in the field of cooperation and culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. In 2004 Gilles Jakob, a director of Cannes Festival charged him to implement a new program, Tous Les Cinemas du Mounde. Serge Sobczynski ran the program for three years up to 2007.
At present he serves as a counsellor in the field of culture.

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