Fanny Herrero

Fanny Herrero

After studying literature and graduating from Sciences Po University in Paris, Fanny became an actress on stage for several years. It was in acting that she acquired her taste to write.

Since 2007, she has co-written several drama and comedy shows – including THE ROOKIES (“Les Bleus”, M6), DESPERATE PARENTS (“Fais pas ci fais pas ça”, France 2), ODYSSEUS (Arte), A FRENCH VILLAGE (« Un Village français » France 3) and KABOUL KITCHEN (Canal+).

She is currently the creator and showrunner of CALL MY AGENT! (“Dix pour cent », France 2 and Netflix) a 6x52’ comedy that depicts life at a prestigious actors’ agency in Paris, which was awarded the 2016 Prizes for Best Series and Best Screenplay by the French Association of TV Series Critics (ACS), the 2018 and 2019 Globe de Cristal Award for Best Series, and the 2018 Prize for Best Series at the Festival de La Rochelle.

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Xavier Legrand

Xavier Legrand

Xavier Legrand trained as an actor until 2005 at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris, and completed an internship at the film school La fémis before working as a stage actor. His César-winning directorial debut, the short film AVANT QUE DE TOUT PERDRE (2013), which was also nominated for an Academy Award, forms the basis of his debut feature JUSQU’A LA GARDE, which recently premiered in competition at Venice.

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Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas

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...

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Jean-Jacques Annaud

Born in 1943, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud began his career with a bang: his debut feature LA VICTOIRE EN CHANTANT, a parable about colonialism, won an Academy Award in 1977. Originally active in the advertising sector, Annaud’s name reached beyond the circle of purely French cineastes to include a much wider audience when he directed the multi award-winning literary adaptation THE NAME OF THE ROSE (1986). His boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for spectacular themes enables him over and again to bridge the gap between art and commerce. The director of such cinema hits as SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (1997) and ENEMY AT THE GATES (2001) offers insight into his multifaceted work at this ZFF Masters session.

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Vincent Maraval

Vincent Maraval's filmography as a producer reads like an outline of the most important arthouse films of the 2000s. As co-founder of Wild Bunch, a distribution and world sales company committed to the promotion of arthouse cinema, his roles include producer, co-producer and executive producer on a number of international productions. The Frenchman supported the artistic vision of great directors like Gaspar Noé, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Abdellatif Kechiche, Nicolas Winding Refn, Claire Denis, Guillaume Canet, Vincenzo Natali, Cristian Mungiu, James Marsh, Stephen Frears, Abel Ferrara, Woody Allen , Darren Aronofsky, Steven Soderbergh, Fernando Meirelles, Peter Sollett and Larry Clark. Prior to joining Wild Bunch Maraval worked for TF1 and StudioCanal.

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Claire Denis

Having grown up in West Africa, French director Claire Denis has always grappled with subjects like identity and the transgression of social and cultural bound- aries. After studying at today’s La Fémis in Paris, she worked as an assistant director to Jacques Rivette, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and others. She made her directorial debut in 1988 with CHOCOLAT, a quiet and sensible examination of (post-)colonial racial tensions in Cameroon. The solidarity with margin- dwellers and reflections on the social exclusion of the “other” have marked her following eleven feature films as well. In 1996, Denis received the Golden Leopard in Locarno for NÉNETTE ET BONI. Her film BEAU TRAVAIL three years later, the fourth collaboration with cinematog- rapher Agnès Godard, further reinforced her international acclaim. With works like the body horror film TROUBLE EVERY DAY as well as the dramas 35 RHUMS, WHITE MATERIAL, and LES SALAUDS, Claire Denis has established herself as one of the most important con- temporary filmmakers. 

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Roman Polanski

Born 1933 in Paris to Polish parents, the director Roman Polanski is considered one of the most unconventional filmmakers of our time. He celebrated his exhilarating cinema debut with KNIFE IN THE WATER in 1962. Polanski’s most famous works include the comedy THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967), the soon to become cult film psycho-thriller ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) and CHINATOWN (1974), which is now regarded as a milestone of the Film Noir genre. His semi-biographical Holocaust drama THE PIANIST did not only triumph with the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2002, but also received the Oscar for Best Director in 2003. Unfortunately, he could not attend Zurich Film Festival due to his arrest on arrival.

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