Here are the members of the official jury of this 35th edition :Richard Anconina , Philippe Van Leeuw , Elena Tatti , Anne Girouard , Jacky Ido , Finnegan Oldfield
Richard Anconina is a multi-talented chameleon actor, who made his film debut in Claude Barrois' The Telephone Bar and established himself alongside a trio of big names (Montand, Deneuve, Depardieu) in Alain Corneau's Choice of Arms. Further exposure came in Jean-Louis Leconte's A Stone in the Mouth with Harvey Keitel, Le Battant, in which he shared the billing with Alain Delon, and Juliet Berto and Jean-Henri Roger’s Cap Canaille. In 1984, he played the endearing small-time neighbourhood drug dealer Youssef Bensoussan in Claude Berri's So Long, Stooge, starring Coluche. On the back of this performance, he became the first actor to win Césars for Most Promising Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same role on the same evening. He then joined the prestigious cast of Claude Lelouch’s Partir, revenir, before being reunited with Christopher Lambert and Catherine Deneuve in Elie Chouraqui’s Paroles et musique. After Robert Enrico's Zone Red with Sabine Azéma, he shared the billing with Gérard Depardieu and Sophie Marceau in Maurice Pialat's Police, which was shown in Competition at the Venice Festival in 1985. Once again, he proved himself a formidable talent in auteur cinema. From Gérard Oury's Lévy et Goliath to Alain Corneau's Le Môme, he switched from laughter to emotion, showing the full extent of his capabilities. At the end of the 80s, he won plaudits in Claude Lelouch's Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, which earnt him Best Actor at the Chicago Film Festival and a nomination for Best Actor at the Césars. His face-to-face scene with Jean-Paul Belmondo will remain engraved in our memories. Showing his loyalty, he then joined forces with Elie Chouraqui once again for Miss Missouri. In 1990, Jacques Doillon's The Little Gangster marked a new high point in his career. Awarded a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival and the Louis-Delluc Prize, the film received an excellent critical and public reception. This was followed by collaborations on the big screen with Denys Granier-Deferre in Coma and on TV with Warris Hussein in Fortitude and Laurent Heynemann in La Place du père, which broke an audience record. In 1997, Thomas Gilou offered him a part in La Vérité si je mens. The film and its two sequels became huge hits, attracting a total of 17 million viewers. True to his eclectic approach, during the 2000s, Richard Anconina returned to the world of crime in Alain Berbérian's Six Pack, and Gangsters with Anne Parillaud, the film that launched Olivier Marchal's career as a director. He then took on the role of a musical theatre director in Frédéric Berthe's Alive and appeared in Magaly Richard-Serrano's first film On the Ropes, set in the world of women's boxing. He also lent his voice to the Disney Studios for the dog Bolt, who was voiced by John Travolta in the original. He pitched up at Les Flots Bleus in Fabien Onteniente's Camping 2 and became an associate producer with Patrick Timsit in Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann’s Stars 80, one of the big hits of 2012. In 2015, he appeared in Jacques Malaterre's La Loi de Christophe for France 3 before moving on to Stars 80, la suite and Xavier Durringer's TV film Mauvais Garçon in 2018. Alternating between auteur cinema, comedy and crime, Richard Anconina moves with rare ease from one world to another, channelling his distinctive, nuanced acting abilities into unexpected roles, for major directors and in very different registers. His richly eclectic filmography, his endearing personality and his recognised talent have made him an extremely popular and well-loved actor, a stalwart of French cinema.
Philippe Van Leeuw is a Belgian director, screenwriter and director of photography. He was born in Brussels and studied Image at the INSAS film and drama school, before enrolling in the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he met the legendary Sven Nikvist and Conrad Hall. Back in Europe, he started his career as director of photography on documentaries, institutional films and adverts. That was how he met the director Bruno Dumont, who became a regular collaborator, working with him as cinematographer on The Life of Jesus. From then on, he devoted himself entirely to fiction films, with director of photography credits on several features, including the films of Laurent Achard and Claire Simon’s God’s Offices. He is a member of the AFC (the French Association of Cinematographers). His 2009 directorial debut, The Day God Walked Away, won awards at several major film festivals, including San Sebastian and Toronto. His second feature, Une Famille Syrienne (also known as InSyriated), won the Audience Award at the 2017 Berlinale. The film has been distributed in more than 45 countries and toured all the major festivals, winning numerous awards. It also received six Magritte awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Philippe Van Leeuw has two ongoing projects. The first, entitled The Wall, deals with the situation on the border between the United States and Mexico, and the second, Etre Roi, will retrace the crucial week during which King Baudouin of Belgium refused to sign the abortion law.
Born in 1969, Elena Tatti studied philosophy and political economy. Alongside her studies, she starts working in the film domain (Locarno International Film Festival, Fribourg International Film Festival) In 2004, she creates the society “Box Productions” with Thierry Spicher. She produced several feature films and short films (fictions and documentaries) that managed to find their audience in the Swiss and international markets.
After attending the École supérieure d'art dramatique in Paris and the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre in Lyon, Anne Girouard began her career in the theatre. But it was in 2005 that she came to the attention of the general public thanks to Alexandre Astier’s cult TV series Kaamelott. For five years, she played the role of the endearing Queen Guinevere. Since then, she has alternated between theatre, cinema and television. On TV, she appeared in the series No Limit alongside Vincent Elbaz, whilst her film credits include Gérard Krawczyk's remake of L'Auberge Rouge, Isabelle Mergault's The Merry Widow and Jean-Paul Lilienfeld's La journée de la jupe. This year, she will make her comeback as Guinevere in Alexandre Astier’s much-anticipated Kaamelott, a big-screen follow-up to his own TV series.
Jacky Ido grew up between Thomas Sankara's Burkina Faso and François Mitterand's France. A devoted film fan, he developed a passion for cinema. As a child, he recorded hundreds of hours of film classics on VHS tapes and cut out the covers by hand. He devoured the work of Hitchcock, John Ford, Godard and Truffaut, Orson Welles, Kubrick, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Jacky Chan, Ousmane Sembene, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee. A real home video club! Jacky Ido also found himself through writing: short stories and poems. He enjoys being a storyteller. His experience on the stage at the age of 20 further convinced him that he had things to say, marking the beginning of his commitment to acting. The teller of a generation’s stories with a message transcending divides. Like his childhood hero, the Mandinka emperor Sundiata Keita, Jacky Ido imagines himself as a warrior in the service of art. Beauty is his goal, words his secret weapon. He came to prominence in Germany in The White Masai alongside Nina Hoss (from the series Homeland). The film launched his international career and established him as a leading actor with undeniable charisma and presence. This was followed by greater exposure in the United States with the lead role in the series Taxi Brooklyn alongside Chyler Leigh. The series was shown on NBC and produced by Luc Besson. Then came The Catch from big-name executive producer Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, HTGAWM) alongside Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) and Mireille Enos (The Killing). The film world opened its doors to him with films such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds; Claude Lelouch’s Ces amours-là and Salaud, on t'aime with Johnny Halliday and Eddy Mitchel; François Dupeyron’s Aide toi, le ciel t'aidera with Félicité Wassi and Claude Rich; Romain Lévy’s Radiostars with Clovis Cornillac and Manu Payet; and Lock Out with Guy Pearce, written and produced by Luc Besson. Jacky played the role of Koyaba, an African prince leading the slave rebellion, in Bitter Tropics directed by Jean Claude Flamand Barny (Nèg Maron, Gang of the Caribbean), a series revisiting the turbulent history of the French West Indies. He has also been keen to pursue more personal projects, most recently La vie de Château, co-directed by Modi Barry and his brother Cédric Ido, an original take on life in the Château d'Eau district of Paris, full of humanity.
Finnegan Oldfield made his first appearance in front of the camera at the age of ten for a short film. An experience that will make him want to continue in this way. He then played in 2003 in the TV movie L'Île Atlantique by Gérard Mordillat. A few years later, he briefly participated in the series La Commune (2007) and Engrenages (2010), while at the same time landing film roles in Les Hauts Murs (2008) and Poupoupidou (2011). It was in 2011 that things accelerated for the young actor when he was offered the chance to play an important character in the thriller Mineurs 27 alongside Jean-Hugues Anglade. From then on, the proposals made to him multiply as well as the importance of his roles. Thus, we find him in films as different as The March, Week-ends, Geronimo and Ni le ciel ni la terre. 2015 marks a new stage in his career with Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys, in which he follows in the footsteps of his sister who died suddenly with her father played by François Damiens. His remarkable performance earned him a nomination for the Cesar for Best Male Hope. On the strength of this success, Finnegan Oldfield favours dramatic roles and takes risks in his choices. He thus plays in front of the camera with Eva Husson (Bang Gang), Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama), Katell Quillévéré (Réparer les Vivants) and Stéphane Brizé (Une Vie). In 2017, after having been part of the cast of Eric Barbier's La Promesse de l'Aube, he will play the main role in Marvin ou la Belle Education. This role earned him his second nomination for the César for Best Male Hope. In recent years, Finnegan Oldfield has played alongside Alexandra Lamy in Le Poulain (2018), the first feature film by comic strip artist Mathieu Sapin, Exfiltrés (2019) and Selfie (2019) released in early January 2020. He will also appear in 2020 in the much-anticipated Amour Fou series.
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