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Phil Noyce

PHILLIP NOYCE
President of the Jury

He is born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute « Better to Reign in Hell »  utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.

In 1973, he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made « Castor and Pollux », a 50-minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974. In 1975, his next film was « God Knows Why, But It Works » This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie « Backroads » which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley.

In 1978, he directed and co-wrote « Newsfront », which won Best Film, Director and Original Screenplay at the AFI. In 1982, « Heatwave »   that he co-write and directed was chosen to screen at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Noyce's other film credits include « Patriot Games »  (1992) and « Clear and Present Danger » (1994) starring Harrison Ford, « Dead Calm »  (1989) starring Nicole Kidman and « The Bone Collector »  (1999) which starred Denzel Washington.

Returning to his native Australia after 12 years working within the Hollywood system, 2002 saw two Noyce films. « The Quiet American » starred Michael Caine. « Rabbit-Proof Fence »  was based on the true story of three Aboriginal girls abducted from their families by Australian authorities in 1931 as part of an official government policy. The film won Best Picture at the Australian Film Awards, and together with « The Quiet American »  (2002) garnered Noyce numerous best director awards. In 2006 he directed « Catch A Fire »  set in the South A frica.

 

 

JULIE BERTUCCELLI

Julie Bertuccelli was born in 1968. After having studied philosophy, she spent ten years as assistant director on numerous feature, television and short films, working with Otar Iosseliani, Rithy Panh, Krysztof Kieslowsky, Emmanuel Finkiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, Christian de Chalonge, René Feret, among others.

Then she enrolled in an introductory course in the making of documentaries in 1993 at the Varan Workshops and subsequently directed several documentaries for Arte and France 3, among which  « La Fabrique des juges », « Bienvenue au grand magasin », « Un monde en fusion », and « Otar Iosseliani, le merle siffleur ».

Her first fiction feature film, « Depuis qu’Otar est parti… », was awared the Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the 2004 César for Best First Fiction Film, the 2003 Marguerite Duras Prize, as well as the 2003 Michel d’Ornano Prize in Deauville.

She is currently working on her second feature film, « Des méduses dans les arbres », which she will shoot in Australia.

Julie Bertuccelli
   
François Guérif

FRANCOIS GUERIF

A the head of the Rivages/Noir series, which he created in 1986, François Guérif likes to bring to French readers never published before books by renowned authors, but also to look for and discover talented unknown writers with a bright future ahead of them - James Ellroy is one of them.

Publisher, journalist, translator, author of biographies and of books about the Noir film, François Guérif follows closely the career of his protégés, with a remarkable professionalism and an inexhaustible enthusiasm which distinguish him as one of France's greatest publishers, a man who succeeded in giving the Noir genre the place it deserves in contemporary literature.


XAVIER DELUC

Xavier Deluc was born in Caen in 1958. At the age of 14, he had his first role in a short film as part of a school cultural activity. Little by little, the desire to act, write, and sing took hold of him. When he finished high school, he came to Paris to follow theatre classes at the renowned Cours Florent.

It was not long before Robert Hossein hired him for his stage adaptation of « Wuthering Heights ». Many other roles followed, and two of them earned him nominations at the French César : Yannick Bellon’s « La Triche » and Jacques  Deray’s « On ne meurt que deux fois ». Xavier Deluc was also directed by Jacques Doillon in « La Tentation d’Isabelle », Pierre Granier-Deferre in « Cours Privé » and Claude Lelouch in « Les Parisiens », to name but a few.

A few years after his first theatre role, he came back to the stage in « Bacchus » at the Bouffes Parisiens Theatre, under the direction of Jean Marais. He also works for television with features such as « Alberte » by Jean Sagols, « La Battante » by Didier Albert, and successful series such as « Dolmen » and « Section de recherches », currenty aired on TF1 (with season 3 in preparation).

But Xavier is also a writer and woks on film and theatre projects. His first novel, « Ton écho ne meurt pas » has just been published by France Europe Editions.
He is currently finishing editing his first film, « Tombé d’une étoile », to be released in 2008.

Xavier Deluc
Philippe Lefait

PHILIPPE LEFAIT

Philippe Lefait began his career working for the radio station Europe 1 as an international reporter specialised in politics as well as a news presenter. He then joined the television channel Antenne 2 where he was successively reporter specialised in international politics, head of the international politics department, and news presenter.

Since 1998, he has been producing and presenting the television show « Le Cercle de minuit » now called « Des mots de minuit ».

Philippe Lefait also lectures on journalism at the IEP in Paris and the ESJ in Lille. He is the author of two books, « Quatre ministres et puis s’en vont » (Editions de l’Atelier) and « Des souliers et des hommes » (Editions Julliard), and edited the volume « Les entretiens de la cité » at Editions du Cherche-midi.

GABRIELLA WRIGHT

Gabriella Wright was born in London where she lived until the age of 12, when her father decided to move to the French countryside, which is where Gabriella learned to speak French. Between theatre clubs, rock bands and boarding school, Gabriella started to develop a craving for art. Encouraged by her father, a sculptor-painter-multimedia artist, and her mother, a teacher-writer, she decided to explore the world of acting, singing, writing, and Shakespeare.

After passing her Baccalaureate (A levels), Gabriella auditioned for a place in a Paris acting school. That is where it all began. She then studied with various acting teachers and coaches such as Susan Batson and Jack Garfein in Paris, New-York and New Zealand.

Gabriella acquired experience through acting on the stage, singing in both a musical and with a trip hop band, writing and appearing in short films. In 2004, she got the lead role in the feature film « One Dollar Curry », written and directed by Vijay Singh. She has also worked with Abel Ferrara on his « Mary », which was part of the official selection at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. We will soon see her in two more feature films, Ariel Zeitoun's « Le Dernier gang » and Franck Vestiel's « Rezo Zéro ».

Gabriella Wright
           

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