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Qumra Masters Biography
One of the most influential, inventive and beloved artists of our time, the “Grandmother” of French New Wave, Agnès Varda began her career as a still photographer, and has since maintained a fluid interrelationship between photographic and cinematic forms. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinctive experimental style...
Her body of work includes 33 short, feature-length documentary, and narrative films.
Her first feature ‘La Pointe Courte’ (1955) is widely considered by critics to be the first French New Wave film. She has won numerous recognitions in her career including the Silver Bear Prize at Berlinale (1965) for her film ‘Cleo from 5 to 7’ (1965); Golden Lion at Venice International Film Festival (1985) for her film ‘Vagabond’ (1985), Léopardo d’Onore at the Locarno Film Festival (2014), Palme d’Or d’Honneur at Festival de Cannes (2015), and Grolsch Audience Award for Best Documentary at Toronto Film Festival (2017) for ‘Faces, Places’ (2017).
In 2003, Varda launched a third career as a visual artist, and her installations have been exhibited at the world’s most prominent galleries and museums. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award for her contribution to cinema, Agnès Varda continues to redefine documentary filmmaking with her playful yet political body of work.
Born in 1955 in Hyogo Prefecture, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a world-renowned film director, writer, film critic, and professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. After graduating from Rikkyo University, where he produced 8mm independent films, Kurosawa made his commercial feature film directorial debut in 1983 with 'Kandagawa Wars'...
He attracted international attention with 'Cure' (1997), and went on to deliver other notable works including 'License to Live' (1998), 'Barren Illusion' (1999), and 'Charisma' (1999).
His film 'Pulse' (2000) was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His subsequent films received acclaim at home and abroad, including 'Bright Future' (2002), which was selected in competition at Cannes in 2003, 'Doppelganger' (2002), 'Loft' (2005), and 'Retribution' (2006), which screened at that year’s Venice Film Festival.
'Tokyo Sonata' (2008) won the Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and Best Film at the 2009 Asian Film Awards. Recent works include 'Real' (2013), 'Seventh Code' (2013), which won Best Director at that year’s Rome Film Festival, 'Journey to the Shore' (2014), winner of Best Director in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section and the 33rd Kawakita Award in 2015, 'Creepy' (2016), an official selection of that year’s Berlin International Film Festival, and 'Daguerrotype' (2016) which marked Kurosawa’s first overseas production, made with a French cast and crew.
Kurosawa was the recipient of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival’s Samurai Award. His 2017 film 'Before We Vanish' screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and its spin-off 'Foreboding' in Berlinale’s Panorama. His latest film, 'To the Ends of the Earth' (working title) is a co-production with Uzbekistan, shot entirely on location.
Paweł Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw, and has lived in London, Germany and Italy. A graduate of literature and philosophy at London University, he started making short films during his postgraduate studies at Oxford, later joining BBC’s documentary department...
In the late 1980s and 1990s, Pawlikowski was best known for his documentaries, whose blend of lyricism and irony won him many fans and awards around the world.‘Serbian Epics’ (1992), made at the height of the Bosnian War, aroused a storm of controversy and incomprehension at the time but has now secured something of a cult status.
Pawlikowski's transition to fiction occurred in 1998 with a small 50-minute hybrid film ‘Twockers’, a lyrical and gritty love story set on a sink estate in Yorkshire. Among Pawlikowski’s other acclaimed narrative works are ‘Last Resort’ (2000); ‘My Summer of Love’ (2004); ‘The Woman in the Fifth’ (2011), and ‘Ida’ (2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar).
His most recent film, ‘Cold War’ earned him the Best Director Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and an Academy Award nomination for the same. It also won five awards at the 2018 European Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Awards.
In 2013, he moved back to Warsaw, where he continues to make films and teaches film writing and directing at the Wajda School. The masterful quality of his work across both documentary and fiction has established him as one of the esteemed filmmakers of our time.
Eugenio Caballero is the Academy Award-winning production designer of Guillermo de Toro’s 'Pan’s Labyrinth'. Mr. Caballero’s work on the film also earned him an Ariel Award, an Art Directors’ Guild Award (the most prestigious award in his field), a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and BAFTA Award nominations...
Mr. Caballero’s credits include near 30 films, 20 of them as a designer. He has worked with directors Jim Jarmusch (The Limit of Control), Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet), Alfonso Cuaron (ROMA), Sebastian Cordero (Cronicas, Rabia and Europa Report), Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), Claudia Llosa (Aloft), Fernando Eimbcke (Club Sandwich) Carlos Cuaron (Rudo y Cursi), among others.
In 2015 and 2016 he worked on the film 'A Monster Calls', directed by J.A. Bayona, earned him a Goya on his third nomination to this award. He received the Gaudi Award, the Fenix Award and the Platino Award for the same film.
In 2017-2018 he designed the film 'Roma' working alongside with the director Alfonso Cuarón, for this work he has earned multiple international awards and nominations, including the Critics Choice Awards, the Art Directors’ Guild, the BAFTAs and the Academy Award.
Mr. Caballero’s has been nominated seven times for the Ariel Award (Mexico’s main film award) from which he has won two. He has served as a Jury member on numerous international festivals, and he is a member of the AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), the Mexican and Spanish film academies
Born in Tuscany, Alice Rohrwacher graduated from Torino University in Literature and Philosophy. She has worked as an editor and composer for theatre...
Her first experience in filmmaking was in 2006, when directing a part of the Italian documentary ‘Checosamanca’. In 2011, she directed her first feature film ‘Heavenly Body’, which premiered at the Directors' Fortnight during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Her second feature film, ‘The Wonders’, won the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Also in 2014, Rohrwacher was appointed the President of the International Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. Her latest film, ‘Happy as Lazzaro’, was released to critical acclaim and won the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.