Writer, scriptwriter and director Bertrand Blier was born in 1939 and made his first documentary film Hitler, connais pas in 1962. In 1973, his adaptation of his own novel Going Places was a huge success, bringing to fame Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou. In 1977 he won an Oscar for his feature film Get Out Your Handkerchiefs. Ten years later, he made Too Beautiful for You, a triumph that was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes as well as three Césars. His latest feature film to this day The Clink of Ice was released in 2010. The shooting of his next film Convoi exceptionnel will be again a meeting between the director and Gérard Depardieu


Algerian-born, Anne Alvaro has worked with some of the greatest directors, from Bob Wilson to Georges Lavaudant, making her first cinema appearance in Danton by Andrzej Wajda before working with Raoul Ruiz and Romain Goupil. The general public discovered her in The Taste of Others by Agnès Jaoui, for which she won her first César for Best Supporting Actress, winning another in 2010 for Bertrand Blier’s The Clink of Ice. In 2009 she was awarded a Molière for her role as Gertrude in Howard Barker’s play Gertrude (Le Cri). She was a dubbing actress in the film Collisions, screened at War on Screen 2017.


Born in Ethiopia, independent filmmaker Haile Gerima sees cinema as a medium through which to communicate political and social ideas. In 1976 his feature-length film Harvest: 3000 years won numerous prizes and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Cannes Classics” section. His film Sankofa was highly acclaimed and in 1993 was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. He is professor emeritus at the Howard University in Washington, speaks regularly at conferences and has published numerous essays and articles on the subject of cinema.


Jim Finn

Born in 1968, Jim Finn teaches in Brooklyn. Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art, his meticulous, deadpan mockumentaries often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe. His Communist Trilogy (2005-10) is in the MoMA’s permanent collection. Inner Trotsky Child elicit laughter, but also prompts a serious engagement with its central premise: that to imagine a better life for ourselves means, in part, imagining a different history. The Drunkard's Lament reimagine Wuthering Heights from the perspective of the opioid-addicted Brontë brother.



Oystein Egge has an master degree in film theory and is the festival director of Movies on War in Elverum, Norway. He has an master degree in film theory from the Lillehammer University College, been the festival director of The Norwegian Student Film Festival, Artistic Director of Amandus – Lillehammer International Student Film Festival, has worked as the coordinator for New Nordic Films at The Norwegian International Haugesund Film Festival. He has written critics for a number of publications and sits at the board of The Norwegian Federation of Film Societies.



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