2017 Fiction and Jury

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The Fiction's Jury

Jan Kounen
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Jan Kounen

Fiction Jury President

After studying at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his first...

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Fiction Jury President

After studying at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, where he directed his first short films, Jan Kounen began to work as an assistant operator and director of music videos and documentaries. In 1989, he made the short film Gisele Kerosene and won the Grand Prix in the short film category of the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival.

In the early 90s, Kounen worked in advertising and made two highly acclaimed short films, Vibroboy (Research award at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival) and Little Red Riding Hood. In 1997, he made his first feature film, Dobermann, starring actors Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

Jan Kounen then travelled across Mexico and Peru, immersing himself in shamanic culture. He came back in 2004 with the western Blueberry, an adaptation of the famous comic book by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud (Moebius), in which he gave the title character to his friend Vincent Cassel. During the same year, he went on with his study of shamanism with the documentary Other Worlds, which got the Grand prix in the documentary category of the Manaus film festival in Brazil. After making his film Darshan – The Embrace (2005), Kounen switched universes in 2007 and directed the film 99 Francs, a wild satire of the world of advertising adapted from the bestseller by Frédéric Beigbeder, starring Jean Dujardin and Jocelyn Quivrin.

In 2009, he directed Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, in which he depicted the passionate love affair between the famous designer and the Russian composer, starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen. Recently, he directed the documentaries The Journey – Mother Ocean and Vape Wave on e-cigarettes, a documentary about the world of “vaping” and many of its aspects that are still little known from the public.

Pascal Duquenne

Pascal Duquenne

Permanent jury member

Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne was born on August 8, 1970 in Vilvorde. He has Down...

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Permanent jury member

Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne was born on August 8, 1970 in Vilvorde. He has Down syndrome and is famous for having played the role of a young man afflicted with that same disability in the film The Eighth Day by Jaco Van Dormael, for which he was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and the Joseph-Plateau Prize of the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent in 1996. In 2004, Albert II of Belgium named him Commander of the Order of the Crown.

Abel Jafri
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Abel Jafri

Abel Jafri is a French actor who grew up in the Bourgogne region and then in Aubervilliers in a family...

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Abel Jafri is a French actor who grew up in the Bourgogne region and then in Aubervilliers in a family of 9 children. He started theatre in Aubervilliers and then at the Gerard Philipe Theatre in Saint-Denis. He performed in many plays by Brecht, Nathalie Sarraute and Harold Pinter.

He’s one of the main actors in the film Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako, where he plays Abdelkrim. The film was presented in the official selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, awarded 7 Césars and nominated at the Oscars.

We’ve seen Abel Jafri starring in many French and international films: The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson, L’autre moitié by Rolando Colla (Best actor award at the Amiens film festival and the New York Film Festival), Einspruch by Rolando Colla (Special jury award at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival) and Road to Istanbul by Rachid Bouchareb (presented at the Berlin film festival).

He will soon be starring in Valerian by Luc Besson, The extraordinary Journey of the Fakir by Ken Scott and Voyoucratie by FGKO, which was recently awarded 4 prizes at the Manchester Film Festival.

He participates in cultural and voluntary activities and is the author of the book Les Dattes d’Aoulef (Aoulef’s dates - PC editions).

Églantine Éméyé
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Églantine Éméyé

Églantine Éméyé spent part of her childhood in New Caledonia with her seven brothers and sisters. Back in mainland France,...

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Églantine Éméyé spent part of her childhood in New Caledonia with her seven brothers and sisters. Back in mainland France, she started studying economics and finance before starting modelling with the Ford Agency for five years.

She became a weather anchor on Canal+ in 1999. She then joined Alexandre Devoise’s Nulle Part Ailleurs team for a cultural segment.

She anchors and hosts numerous programmes on various channels (France 2, France 3, France 5, Arte, TF1, Canal +, Planète…) and on the radio (RTL, Europe 1…). She co-hosted many prime time shows with famous French hosts Benjamin Castaldi, Jean-Pierre Pernaud and Julien Courbet and joined paediatric psychiatrist Marcel Rufo on his show Allô Rufo on France 5 until 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, she was the official stand-in of Alessandra Sublet in C à vous on France 5 for the holidays as well as of Anne-Sophie Lapix in her daily show. Since 2016, she hosts a game on general knowledge produced by Nagui called Trouvez l’intrus (The odd one out) every Saturday at 17.15 on France 3 and works on new projects.

Églantine Éméyé is the mother of two children: Marco, who was born in 2003, and Samy, born in 2005 with multiple disabilities and severe autism. That’s why she founded the organisation “Un pas vers la vie” (One step towards life) that helps the families of autistic people. She also talked about her fight for her son in her documentary Mon fils, un si long combat (My son, such a long battle), broadcasted in 2014 on France 5. A few years later, she published the book Le voleur de brosses à dents (The toothbrush thief), in which she talked about her son’s autism and his evolution.

Valérie Fadini

Valérie Fadini

After a literary preparatory class and a MASt in Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, Valérie Fadini continued her learning...

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After a literary preparatory class and a MASt in Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, Valérie Fadini continued her learning process as an editor for various TV channels, including the Canal + group. She simultaneously became a scriptwriter for television. Since then she’s been working in different genres, formats and media. She worked on various series or units (L’instit’, Hubert et le chien, Mes amis, mes amours, mes emmerdes, Section de Recherches, etc.) as well as on web series (including the “On habite au 65” collective).

She also worked with Joël Houssin, novelist and creator of multiple TV series, including David Nolande, for which she co-wrote two episodes. At the moment, she’s team-writing for an upcoming daily fiction and is starting a project in cinema.

Bernard Le Coq

Bernard Le Coq

Bernard Le Coq was born on September 25, 1950. His film career started in 1967 in the film Les Grandes...

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Bernard Le Coq was born on September 25, 1950. His film career started in 1967 in the film Les Grandes Vacances by Jean Girault. He made an impression and was offered a bigger role in Michel Boisrond’s film La leçon particulière in 1968. Bernard Le Coq’s acting career was launched and the next decades were filled with film roles, first in César and Rosalie by Claude Sautet in 1971, then in Three Men to Kill by Jacques Deray in 1980, starring Alain Delon.

Among others, Bernard Le Coq worked with film directors such as Bertrand Tavernier, Pierre Granier-Deferre, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rochant, Maurice Pialat (Van Gogh, for which he was nominated at the 2003 Césars for Supporting Actor), Zabou Breitman (Beautiful Memories with Isabelle Carré, for which he won the 2012 César award for Supporting Actor), Gérard Jugnot, Miguel Courtois, Xavier Durringer (The Conquest, in which he plays former French president Jacques Chirac, a role for which he was nominated for a César in 2012). He recently starred in Daddy Cool by Maxime Govare and just finished the filming of Christ(off) by Pierre Dudan.

Bernard Le Coq participated in many films and series for television, working with directors like Edouard Molinaro, Peter Kassovitz, Serge Korber, Jean Sagols, Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, Jacques Renard, Philippe Le Guay, François Marthouret, Charlotte Brandstrom, Joël Santoni. He won many awards: a golden award in Biarritz for his personifying Jacques Chirac in The last Campaign by Bernard Stora. Since 1992, he’s been playing Jacques alongside Anny Duperey in the TV series Une famille formidable (A wonderful family).

Dorian Le Clech

Dorian Le Clech

Dorian Le Clech was born on September 2, 2004. He has two sisters (aged 18 and 15) and a 10-year-old...

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Dorian Le Clech was born on September 2, 2004. He has two sisters (aged 18 and 15) and a 10-year-old brother. As a cinema fan, he played in Oriane Polack’s short film Pastorale in 2013. He made an appearance in Bruno Ballouard’s Lili Rose and in the short film 15km3 by Stéphane Mercurio in 2014. His biggest film adventure was Un Sac de billes by Christian Duguay, a feature film in which he plays the main character. As a sport enthusiast, he plays basketball in a club and does other activities such as diving, swimming, biking…


The Fiction's Selections

FULL-LENGTH FICTION

The view from tall by Caitlin PARRISH & Erica WEISS (USA)

Nise, the heart of madness by Roberto BERLINER (Brazil)

My feral heart by Jane GULL (United Kingdom)

Breach in the silence by Luis & Andrés RODRIGUEZ (Venezuela)

Pacific Mermaid by Alexis BARBOSA (France)

A familia Dionti by Alan MINAS (Brazil)

FICTION SHORT FILMS:

Anna by Harriett MAIRE (New Zealand)

Unbind by Mathilde NEAU (Australia)

Obsession by Aline LATA et Erico TOSCANO (Brazil)

Letting Go (Släppa Taget) by Nathalie ALVAREZ MESEN (Sweden)

Yugen by Gabriel PADILLA (Ecuador)

You will fall again by Alex PACHON (Spain)

Dinosaurios by Daniel ALLUE (Spain)

Mnemonia by Eva HOFFMANN (Germany)

Pysähdys by Pia ANDELL (Finland)

Variaciones by Martín KLEIN (Uruguay)

YOUTH SHORT FILMS

Just Go by Pavels GUMENNIKOVS (Latvia)

La Colo by Sébastien KUBIAK (France)

Sous le sens by Déborah MAMAN (France)

Picked by Kelsey Amelia SNELLING (USA)

BlinDate by Melissa PAPEL (USA)

Eduardo Manosfijas by Jim SORRIBAS SOLER (Spain)

Charlie and his big teeth by Valentin SABIN, Esther LALANNE, Camille VERNINAS, Chao-Hao YANG et Xing YAO (France)

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

Amazing Things Happen by Alex AMELINES (United Kingdom)

XXS by Aline DYKMANS (Belgium)

Perfect Town by Anaïs VOIROL (Switzerland)

Roger by Sonia CENDON, Sara ESTEBAN, Arnau GODIA, Ingrid MARSARNAU, Marti MONTANOLA from the collective Foto A Foco (Spain)

If everyone looked the same by Nicolás GUARÍN (Colombia)

Cartas by David MUSSEL (Brazil)

Pyjama Suicide by Arsène CHABRIER & Ruby CICÉRO (France)

The person with the broadest shoulders in the world by Misu KIM (South Korea)

The Cloud and the Whale by Alyona TOMILOVA (Russia)

Pas à Pas by Charline ARNOUX, Mylène GAPP, Florian HEILIG, Mélissa ROUX, Léa RUBINSTAYN (France)

3rd ANGEL SHORT FILMS

Downside Up by Peter GHESQUIERE (Belgium)

Rhapsody in Blueberry by Gaëlle DENIS (France)

Abriendo Puertas by Tomàs BASES (Spain)

Building n° 13 by Amir GHOLAMI (Iran)

Giz by Cesar CABRAL (Brazil)

Anne by Viola VON SCARPATETTI (Switzerland)

Sirenas by Maryulis Alfonso YERO (Cuba)

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