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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition


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PAOLO BERTOLIN — Member of the Selection Committee, Venice International Film Festival

Paolo Bertolin

Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, film critic and producer. He joined the Venice International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee in 2008. Since 2010, he has worked as regional correspondent, covering several territories in the Asia Pacific region. He has collaborated with the Beijing, Hanoi and Mumbai International Film Festivals, the Doha Film Institute, the Udine Far East Film Festival, Nyon Visions du Réel, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Cannes Critics' Week, the International Film Festival Bratislava and Locarno Open Doors. Bertolin has producer credits on Phan Đăng Di’s Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (2015) and Lav Diaz's A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery (2016), both entries in the Berlin International Film Festival Competition.


ULRICH ZIEMONS — Program Coordinator, Berlin International Film Festival, Forum Expanded

Ulrich Ziemons

Ulrich Ziemons is a film curator, film scholar and writer based in Berlin. He is one of the co-curators of the Forum Expanded program at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has curated film programs and exhibitions for, among others, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin, KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, as well as for the 2010 Berlin Biennial. Since 2014 he has been a member of the short film selection committee of Dokfest Kassel. As a guest lecturer he has taught at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Braunschweig University of Art, University of Potsdam, Bard College (Berlin Campus), Ithaca College, NY, and Cornell University. In 2014 his book Aufzeichnungen eines Storm Squatters was published – the first German language monograph on the American underground filmmaker George Kuchar and his influential Weather Diary video series.

LUDOVIC CHAVAROT — Member of the Selection Committee, Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Compétition LABO

Jonathan Pouthier

Ludovic Chavarot has always been passionate about the stories and the narrative systems envolved, whether in cinema, dance, in novels, or comics. Illustrator by training, he has continued to create posters (the latest was for the English group Tindersticks) and drawings for print press, under the pseudonym ‘Ludchat’. Additionally, writing and producing several radio works (in particular, the show Les Proies /  The Preys, recorded in close collaboration with Australian musician Warren Ellis), has allowed him to follow his passion within a new environment. Since 2003, Chavarot is a member of the selection committee for the LAB Competition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and he is also the curator of the Anatomie du LABO exhibition. His quite diverse professional experience continually urges him to work with and to reflect upon new narratives devices.

ROEE ROSEN — Visual artist and filmmaker, Winner of the BIEFF 2011 & 2014 Main Awards

Roee Rosen

Roee Rosen (b. 1963) is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. Rosen’s painting and text installation, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-1997), stirred a scandal when first exhibited at the Israel Museum. Rosen dedicated years to his fictive feminine persona, the Jewish-Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank, a project that entailed fabricating her entire oeuvre as a book and a short film, Two Women and a Man (2005). The film won a special mention on its premiere at the Oberhausen ISFF, while the book,  Justine Frank, Sweet Sweat (Sternberg Press) was listed as one of the best books of 2009 by Artforum magazine. In Rosen's film The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008), the artist's supposed confessions are delivered in Hebrew by three surrogates: illegal female foreign workers who do not understand the language. Confessions premiered at the FIDMarseille festival, where it won a special mention. Among Rosen’s other films is Out (2010), in which a BDSM session becomes a political exorcism. Out premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Orizzonti Award for Best Medium-Length Film. The film went on to win numerous awards, including the Best Film Award at BIEFF. Rosen won this award for the second time with his film The Buried Alive Videos in 2014. Several major programs were dedicated to Rosen's cinematic production, amongst them profiles at the Tate Modern, London (2010), the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (2014), the Oberhausen ISFF (2012), and a comprehensive retrospective at La Roche-sur-yon Film Festival (2013). Two mid-career retrospectives of Rosen opened up in 2016: Roee Rosen – A Group Exhibition, at the Tel Aviv Museum, and Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories, at the Edith Russ House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany. A collection of short texts and scripts under the same title is forthcoming in 2016 from Sternberg Press.

XANDRA POPESCU — Artist and co-curator at Atelier 35, Bucharest

Xandra Popescu

Xandra Popescu works as a writer, artist and curator. ​From 2012​, together with Larisa Crunțeanu,​ she powers Atelier​ 35, one of the most active ​project space​s in Bucharest, focusing on experimental practices and cooperation. ​​​Together they have created curatorial programs focusing on video experiments such as Goodbye Language, at Atelier 35, or Public Speaking, at District Berlin, or on performance, such as The Guide for an Unacceptable Behaviour, presented at the National Contemporary Art Museum of Bucharest.  As an artist, she works with performance systems for camera. In Looking for a Perfect Gentleman she creates a couch casting convention, inviting male subjects to audition for a fictitious role, while in You Are Safe With Me she works with the employees of a security company from Bucharest, by merging the aesthetic of ​​pin-up calendars with ​that of uniforms. ​She lives lives and works in ​B​erlin and Bucharest.