Juries | Official Competition
| Eros and Psyche Award
Danielle Arbid was born in Beirut in 1970. She left Lebanon when she was seventeen to live in Paris. She worked as a journalist covering the Arab world before taking up movies. In 2000, Seule avec la guerre won her the Silver Leopard in the Video Competition at Locarno Film Festival; the Swiss festival subsequently screened Aux frontières (2002) and Étrangères (2002). In 2004 she made the first part of Conversations de salon, which won the Video Competition's Gold Leopard in Locarno. Her next two films, Dans les champs de bataille (2004) and Un homme perdu (2007), both selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Festival de Cannes, were followed by This Smell of Sex (2008), screened at Locarno, and Conversations de salon II (2009). Her last feature, Beirut Hotel (2011), premiered in the International Competition at Locarno 2011.
Born in 1972 in Be'er Sheva, Israel, Shlomi Elkabetz spent seven years in New York acting in fringe theatre, writing and filming some short films. In 2003, he began work on a cinematic trilogy together with his sister, actress Ronit Elkabetz, about the individual, society and the state. The first instalment - To Take a Wife (Ve'lakahta le'ha isha) - was screened at the Venice Film Festival. The second, 7 Days (Shiva), premiered in Cannes and won the award for Best Film at the Festival of Jerusalem. The third and final part - The State - is currently in production. His movie Testimony (Edut) was selected at Venice Film Festival's Venice Days. Also active as a television director, Elkabetz teaches film studies at the Sapir Film School.
Serra Yılmaz was born in Istanbul in 1954. After completing her high school education in Sainte Pulchérie and Saint Joseph High Schools, she graduated from the Psychology Department at Université de Caen in France. She started her career at the Dostlar Theatre, and has worked as an actress, assistant general art director, and dramaturge. She staged Rainer Werner Fassbinder's play "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" at the City Theatre. She has acted in several movies and TV series in Turkey and abroad. Besides being an actress, Yılmaz is a professional interpreter specializing in Italian, French and Turkish. She starred in movies as Anayurt Oteli (1987) by Ömer Kavur, The Yellow Mercedes (1992) by Tunç Okan, Harem suaré (1999), The Ignorant Fairies (2001), Facing Window (2003) and Saturn in Opposition (2007) by Ferzan Özpetek, 9 (2002) by Ümit Ünal, Vavien (2009) by Durul and Yagmur Taylan, Beur sur la ville (2011) by Djamel Bensalah, and Kaybedenler Kulübü (2011) by Tolga Örnek..
Tunisian stage and film actor Ahmed Hafiene achieved success in Italy starring in movies as The Right Distance (2007) by Carlo Mazzacurati (nomination for Best Supporting Actor at David di Donatello Awards 2008), The Stranger (2009) by Marco Turco, The Right Thing (2009) by Marco Campogiani, Clash of Civilization over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (2010) by Isotta Toso and La vita non si ferma mai by Daniele Luchetti. Hafiene was in some of the most important Tunisian films of recent years as Poupées d'argile (2002) by Nouri Bouzid and El Kotbia (2003) by Nawfel Saheb Ettaba.
Born in 1970, Adrian Păduraru is a theatre, film and TV actor. He has important roles in over 30 Romanian, Italian and French movies as Journal intime (2000) by Christian François, Cendre et sang (2008) by Fanny Ardant, and Iubire Elenă (2010) by Geo Saizescu. He was in the TV series Vointa de femeie (2008, Kanal D) and Fetele marinarului (2009, Antena 1). Anchor, stage director, TV and radio shows producer, Păduraru is a professor of Acting, member of Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN), Romanian Drama Actors Union (UNITER) and Romanian Association for Semiotics Sciences (AROSS).