Pietro Scalia

Pietro Scalia was born in Italy and raised in Switzerland. Scalia began his career on the films of director Oliver Stone, working as Assistant Editor on WALL STREET (1987) and TALK RADIO (1988), as well as Associate Editor on BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) and additional editor on THE DOORS (1991). The following year, Scalia won his first Academy Award – as well as an A.C.E. Eddie and BAFTA Award for Stone’s JFK (1991) in the category of Best Editing. As well as Oliver Stone, Scalia has worked with a host of other renowned directors, including Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sam Raimi and Gus Van Sant. Scalia received an Academy Award nomination for Gus Van Sant’s GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997), while, collaborating with Ridley Scott, he received an Academy Award nomination for his work on GLADIATOR (2000) and a win for BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001). Most recently, Scalia has worked on Scott’s PROMETHEUS and Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN (both 2012). Pietro Scalia will talk about the working methods of an editor, how he decides on new projects and the importance of the script in his work. We will also discuss the role of music in the work of an editor and the editor’s working relationship with the director.


Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in the province of Isfahan in Iran, making his first 8mm and 16mm films as a teenager. His debut film, DANCING IN THE DUST – Raghs is ghobar (2003), won the Moscow International Film Festival Film Critic Award. Farhadi’s following film, THE BEAUTIFUL CITY - Shahr-e ziba (2004) was awarded Best Film at the Warsaw Film Festival, International Film Festival of India and Moscow’s Faces of Love Film Festival. His breakthrough came with ALL ABOUT ELLY - Darbareh-ye Elly (2009), for which he won a Silver Bear for Best Director. Farhadi’s most recent film A SEPARATION - Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011), won a Golden Bear for Best Film, a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In the Public ZURICH MASTER CLASS, Asghar Farhadi will talk about his work as an author, director and producer and the topics that interest and fascinate him. He will discuss the difficulties he has overcome to make his films in Iran. He will also tell us about his intentions behind his films and the picture he wants to paint of Iran, to those inside and outside of the country. How do his films foster the cross-cultural dialogue between West and East?


Jerry Weintraub

Jerry Weintraub is one of the last Hollywood legends, although his career actually began in music. As one of the biggest concert promoters of the 70s, Weintraub worked with such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. Conveniently – given his musical upbringing – Jerry’s first hit as a film producer was with 1975’s country and gospel music themed, NASHVILLE, directed by Robert Altman. With his next film as producer, DINER (1982), Weintraub helped launch the careers of a new generation of acting talent, including Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin. Some of Weintraub’s most commercially successful films include the original version of THE KARATE KID (1984) and the OCEAN’S trilogy (2001/2004/2007), directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. His future projects include a film about the life of notoriously flamboyant pianist Liberace, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and a planned Hugh Hefner biopic, written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland.)


Frank Darabont

Born in France and raised in the United States, Frank Darabont became involved in filmmaking at the age of 20, making his feature length directorial debut withTV movie, BURIED ALIVE (1990).

Darabont is arguably best known as director of prison drama THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994), starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, and based on a short story by Stephen King. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Film and for Darabont’s Adapted Screenplay.

Darabont’s relationship with King’s work continued with adaptations of his novel THE GREEN MILE (1999), which he scripted, directed and produced, and his novella THE MIST (2007).

He was also the executive producer of the first series of zombie drama series THE WALKING DEAD (2010), for which he directed the pilot episode, and L.A. NOIR (2013), a new series for TNT.


Frank Darabont will talk about his work as an author, director and producer; the topics interest him and how he chooses his projects. We want to know what fascinates him about writing, about cinema, TV and films in general.


Tom Tykwer

Born in Germany, Tom Tykwer began making his own amateur Super 8 films at the age of 11. At 22, out of love for film he chose to become the programmer of Berlin’s Moviemento cinema. His short film BECAUSE (1990) was well received at the Hof Film Festival and inspired him to continue with filmmaking. In 1994, Tykwer founded the production company X Filme Creative Pool with Stefan Arndt, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy. Although his second feature WINTER SLEEPERS (1997) brought him to the attention of German cinemagoers and critics, it was the Bafta nominated RUN LOLA RUN (1998) that received international recognition. Tykwer’s success continued with THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (2000), HEAVEN (2002), his ten-minute contribution to PARIS JE T’AIME (2006) and the acclaimed version of Patrick Süsskind’s novel, PERFUME (2006). Tykwer made his Hollywood debut with THE INTERNATIONAL (2009), a thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. He also realized an adaptation of David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, co-directed with The Matrix Trilogy directors Lana and Andy Wachowski. In the Public ZFF MASTER CLASS  we discussed the visual aesthetic of his films and the importance of music, as he is also a composer. In addition, he also talked about how he chooses his projects, about his style, his work relationships, and the direction he sees for the future of the cinema.


Stefan Arsenijevic

Born in Belgrade/Serbia, Stefan Arsenijevic studied film and television directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he has taught since 2005. His short film A (TORSION) won the Berlinale’s 2003 Golden Bear, the European Film Award for Best Short Film and was nominated in the same year for the Short Film Oscar. His feature debut LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES (2008) was invited to participate in the Berlinale’s Panorama Special category. Arsenijevic is the co-founder of the Art & Popcorn production company.