Olivier Assayas is one of the most distinguished figures in present-day European cinema. Operating beyond all narrative standards, his films are characterised by an unquenchable curiosity and span an enormous array of aesthetic expression. Fascinated by the punk and pop cultures and painting, all of which now influence his work, Assayas initially worked as a critic for the French magazine „Cahiers du Cinéma“ before turning his hand to filmmaking. Among the most important titles by this tireless cinematic explorer are the autobiographically inspired...Read More
Born 1971 in Scotland, Ewan McGregor achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1996 when he played the emaciated heroin addict Renton in director Danny Boyle’s film TRAINSPOTTING. He landed the largest role of his career and set the international film community of fire when he signed on as Jedi Master Obi-Wan-Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). His impressive acting career has seen him collaborate with such renowned directing greats as Ridley Scott for BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) and Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER (2010). In addition to his numerous other awards, McGregor has also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011). This „ZFF Masters“ session sees Ewan McGregor talk about his acting career and his directorial debut AMERICAN PASTORAL.
Tobias Weber and Baptiste Planche are entrepreneurs exploring new ways of cinematic storytelling. Tobias Weber studied filmmaking at the London Film School. Baptiste Planche holds an MA in Sociology, History and Political Sciences. Together, they run the film production company &SÖHNE and the start-up for interactive movies CtrlMovie. With their award-winning productions for clients such as NIKE, FREITAG or UBS they always strived for attractive new ways of storytelling enabling unique branded entertainment experiences...Read More
Marie Kreutzer was born in Graz, Austria, in 1977 and studied screenwriting at the Film Academy Vienna. Her first feature length film, THE FATHERLESS, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Special sidebar in 2011, receiving Special Mention for ‘Best First Feature‘. Her second film, GRUBER IS LEAVING (2015), was nominated for the Austrian Film Award and won Special Mention as ‘Best Film‘ at the Zurich Film Festival. WE USED TO BE COOL is her third feature film. It depicts a couple of ‚bobo’ (bohemian-bourgeois)...Read More
Ulrich Seidl is an Austrian director, author, and producer. He started his career with award-winning documentaries such as GOOD NEWS (1990), ANIMAL LOVE (1995) and MODELS (1998). Seidl‘s first feature film DOG DAYS won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. IMPORT EXPORT (2007), the first film to be produced by his own production company Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion, was followed by his successful and multiple-award-winning PARADISE TRILOGY (2012), whose films had their premiere in the competition of the film festivals in Cannes, ...Read More
In her native Denmark, Lone Scherfig began her career directing award-winning commercials and television dramas. Her first feature as director, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP, was screened at the 1991 Berlin International Film Festival and “new directors”, MOMA New York. Her second feature, ON OUR OWN, won the Grand Prize at the Montreal Film Festival. Lone next wrote and directed Denmark's fifth official "Dogme 95" film, ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS, which won among many other awards the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Best Director at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival....Read More