Julia Karin Ormond is an English actress. She rose to prominence appearing in films as The Baby of Mâcon, Legends of the Fall, First Knight, Smillas Sense of Snow. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the HBO film Temple Grandin, Ormond was born in Epsom, the daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a computer software designer. She attended independent schools, first Guildford High School and Cranleigh School, Ormond first appeared on British television in the 1989 serial Traffik, about the illegal heroin trade from the far East to the streets of Europe. The story revolves around Jack Lithgow played by Bill Paterson, a Home Office minister in the UK government engaged in combating heroin importation, julia Ormond plays his drug addicted daughter Caroline an early role that won glowing reviews. Ormond subsequently appeared in television films early in her career, such as Young Catherine. In 1993 Ormond made her debut in the lead role of an international movie.
In the following year she co-starred with Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, in 1995, Ormond played lead roles in Jerry Zuckers First Knight opposite Richard Gere and Sean Connery and in Sydney Pollacks Sabrina with Harrison Ford. In 1997 she played a role in the box office bomb thriller film Smillas Sense of Snow. She starred opposite Oleg Menshikov in the 1998 Russian film The Barber of Siberia. Since the late 1990s Ormond has appeared in indie and television movies and played supporting roles in films, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Part One, kennedy Journalism Award, and was an official selection of the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals. On stage, she appeared in David Hares My Zinc Bed, on television, Ormond appeared as a guest star during the 2008–09 season of the CBS series CSI, NY. In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the HBO film Temple Grandin. She guest starred in the tenth and final season of USA Networks series Law & Order, in addition, she played the part of Marie Calvet, mother to Megan Draper, in the AMC TV series Mad Men.
For her performance on Mad Men, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2012, in 2013, Ormond began starring in the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Joanna Beauchamp, one of the lead characters. Ormond married Rory Edwards in 1988, an actor she had met while performing in a production of Wuthering Heights, in 1999, she married political activist Jon Rubin. The couples child, daughter Sophie, was born in the autumn of 2004 and she is no longer married to Rubin. Ormond has been engaged in fighting human trafficking since the mid-1990s and she is an advocate for Transatlantic Partners Against Aids, which attempts to raise awareness about AIDS in Russia and Ukraine, and is founding co-chairman of FilmAid International
Abel Ferrara is an American filmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content in his films, his use of neo-noir imagery and gritty urban settings. A long-time independent filmmaker, some of his best known films include Ms.45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, Ferrara was born in the Bronx of Italian and Irish descent. He was raised Catholic, which had an effect on much of his work. At 15 he moved to Peekskill in Westchester, New York and he attended the film conservatory at SUNY Purchase, where he directed several short films, most of which are all available on The Short Films of Abel Ferrara collection. Soon finding himself out of work, he directed a film titled 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy in 1976. Ferrara first drew an audience with his grindhouse movie The Driller Killer. He followed it with Ms.45, a revenge film starring Zoë Tamerlis. Ferrara was next hired to direct Fear City, starring Tom Berenger, Melanie Griffith, Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, true to form, it depicted a seedy Times Square strip club, where a kung fu slasher stalks and murders the girls after work.
Berenger portrayed a boxer who has to use his fighting skills to defeat the killer. The cast included Wesley Snipes and David Caruso, as with most of Ferraras films, the screenplay was written by Nicholas St. John. Ferrara next directed Harvey Keitel in a performance as the titular Bad Lieutenant. Keitel plays a foul-mouthed, sex-addicted drug-using cop who wrestles with guilt, the script was co-written by Ms.45 star Zoë Tamerlis. Both Ferrara and Keitel were nominated for Spirit Awards and, despite its controversial content, director Martin Scorsese named it one of his top 10 films of the 1990s. In the mid-1990s Ferrara returned to independent filmmaking, directing two well-received movies, The Addiction and The Funeral, the film features Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon, Kathryn Erbe and Michael Imperioli. It was co-produced by Russell Simmons, the Funeral starred Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Isabella Rossellini, Benicio del Toro, Vincent Gallo and others.
In 1996 he directed a video for French singer Mylène Farmers song California. After making The Blackout with Matthew Modine and Dennis Hopper, he contributed to the omnibus HBO–television movie Subway Stories, Ferrara made New Rose Hotel, which reunited him with Christopher Walken. Ferrara returned three years with R Xmas, which starred Drea de Matteo and Ice-T, the multi-plot film concerns an actress who stars in a Passion of the Christ-like movie about Jesus, where she plays Mary Magdalene, with whom she subsequently becomes obsessed
Manoel de Oliveira
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some attempted to make a film about World War I. In 1931 he completed his first film Douro, Faina Fluvial, among the numerous factors that prevented Oliveira from making more films during this time period were the political situation in Portugal, family obligations and money. He continued making films of growing ambition throughout the 1970s and 1980s, gaining critical acclaim, Beginning in the late 1980s he was one of the most prolific working film directors and made an average of one film per year past the age of 100. In March 2008 he was reported to be the oldest active film director in the world, and was possibly the second oldest film director ever after George Abbott and he was the only filmmaker whose active career spanned from the silent era to the digital age. Oliveira was born on 11 December 1908 in Porto, Portugal, to Francisco José de Oliveira and his family were wealthy industrialists and agricultural landowners.
His father owned a factory, produced the first electric light bulbs in Portugal. Oliveira was educated at the Colegio Universal in Porto before attending a Jesuit boarding school in Galicia, as a teenager his goal was to become an actor. At 17, he joined his brothers as an executive in his fathers factories, in a 1981 Sight and Sound article, John Gillett describes Oliveira as having spent most of his life in business. Making films only when circumstances allowed, from an early age, Oliveira was interested in the poverty of the lower classes, the arts and especially films. The Portuguese film industry was highly censored and restricted under the fascist Salazar regime that lasted from the early 1930s until the mid-1970s. His films, such as The Cannibals and Belle Toujours and he stated Im closer to Buñuel. Hes a reverse Catholic and I was raised a Catholic and its a religion that permits sin, and Buñuel at the very deepest is one of the most moralistic directors but he does everything to the contrary.
I never say that Im Catholic because to be Catholic is very difficult, I prefer to be thought of as a great sinner. Oliveiras first attempt at filmmaking was in 1927 when he and his friends worked on a film about the Portuguese experience in World War I and he enrolled in Italian film-maker Rino Lupos acting school at age 20 and appeared as an extra in Lupos film Fátima Milagrosa. Years in 1933 he had the distinction of having acted in the second Portuguese sound film, eventually Oliveira turned his attention back to filmmaking when he saw Walther Ruttmanns documentary Berlin, Symphony of a City. Ruttmans film is the most famous of a small, short lived silent documentary film genre, other examples include Alberto Cavalcantis Rien que les heures and Dziga Vertovs Man with a Movie Camera. Oliveira said that Ruttmans film was his most useful lesson in film technique, the discovery of Ruttmans film prompted Oliveira to direct his own first film in 1931, a documentary short titled Douro, Faina Fluvial
Giovanni Nanni Moretti is an Italian film director, producer and actor. The Palme dOr winner in 2001, in 2012 he was the President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, Moretti was born in Bruneck, South Tyrol, Italy, to Roman parents who were both teachers. His father was the late epigraphist Luigi Moretti, an influential Greek teacher at Sapienza University of Rome, while growing up he discovered his two passions, the cinema and water polo. Having finished his studies he pursued a career as a producer and his brother is the renowned literary scholar Franco Moretti. In 1976, Giovannis first feature film Io sono un autarchico was released, in 1978 he produced the movie Ecce Bombo, which tells the story of a student having problems with his entourage. It was screened at the Cannes Festival, Sogni doro won the Silver Lion at the 38th Venice International Film Festival. La messa è finita won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival and he may be best known for his films Caro diario and La stanza del figlio, the latter of which won the Palme dOr at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Moretti has used certain actors several times in his films, generally playing minor roles and his father Luigi appears in 6 films, Dario Cantarelli and Mauro Fabretti in 5, Antonio Petrocelli in 4. Actors he has used in major roles include Silvio Orlando, who appears in 5 films and Laura Morante. Having played waterpolo in the B division of the Italian championship and his other work has not been widely seen outside Europe, but within his country Moretti is known as a maker of wryly humorous and eccentric films, usually starring himself. His most recent role was in the film Mia Madre Moretti is an outspoken political leftist, Il caimano is in part about Berlusconis controversies, in one of the three portraits of the Italian prime minister Moretti himself plays Berlusconi. Aprile deals with Italys political situation and Morettis views on it and his 2011 film We Have a Pope screened In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Rome, having been resident since birth, where he is co-owner of a movie theater.
The short film, Il Giorno della prima di Close Up, shows Moretti at his theatre attempting to encourage patrons to attend the day of Abbas Kiarostamis film. In his words, I remember the shirts that said Thank God Im an atheist, Im not a believer and Im sorry. His 2015 film Mia Madre was selected to compete for the Palme dOr at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. I. C. A, conversations avec Nanni Moretti, Paris,2008, Editions des Cahiers du cinéma. The Cinema of Nanni Moretti, Wallflower,2004, interview with Nanni Moretti with his own thoughts on his films, filmlinc. com, accessed 12 December 2014. Nanni Moretti at the Internet Movie Database
Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg is a British-French actress and singer. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, after making her musical debut with her father on the song Lemon Incest at the age of 12, she released an album with her father at the age of 15. More than 20 years passed before she released three albums as an adult to commercial and critical success, Gainsbourg has appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, and has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award. Gainsbourg was born in London, to English actress and singer Jane Birkin and French actor, Gainsbourg was born at the height of her parents fame, they had made headlines several years earlier with the sexually explicit song Je taime. Moi non plus and by that point had become notorious for their turbulent relationship, as a result, her birth and childhood were well publicised. Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell, and her uncle is screenwriter Andrew Birkin and she is a cousin of theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter.
Her father was Jewish, and her mother is from a Protestant background, Gainsbourg attended École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris and Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. French is Gainsbourgs first language, but she is fluent in English. Gainsbourg was raised in Paris alongside her half-sister from her mothers marriage to composer John Barry, Kate Barry, according to Birkin, both parents were somewhat neglectful, often spending their nights going out to parties and drinking. She has a brother, Lucien Lulu Gainsbourg, born in 1986 from her fathers relationship with Bambou. On her fathers side she had two siblings born from his second marriage to Françoise-Antoinette Béatrice Pancrazzi. By 1980, her parents relationship had dissolved and her left her father for the director Jacques Doillon. Her half sister Lou Doillon was born in 1982 as a result of the union, Gainsbourg would go on to work with her stepfather in the film The Temptation of Isabelle in 1985 and in Amoureuse in 1992, which starred her spouse Yvan Attal.
In 1987 she was the target of a bungled kidnapping, after her parents separated, Gainsbourgs father descended into alcoholism, eventually dying of a heart attack in 1991. Gainsbourg remained devoted to preserving his legacy and preserved his home and she eventually abandoned the project and decided to maintain the house as a private residence instead. On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage and she had been experiencing headaches since a waterskiing accident in the United States several weeks earlier. Gainsbourg grew up on film sets, as both of her parents were involved in the film industry, in 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for Most Promising Actress for Leffrontée. That same year Gainsbourg appeared in the film Charlotte for Ever about a man who develops incestuous desires for his daughter after his wife dies
Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish film director, writer and cinematographer best known for the feature films Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk about Kevin. Lynne Ramsays films are marked by a fascination with children and young people and they are low on dialogue and explicit story exposition, and instead use images, vivid details and sound design to create their worlds. In April 2013 she was selected as a member of the competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, born in Glasgow on 5 December 1969, Ramsay graduated from the UKs National Film and Television School in 1995. She studied photography at Napier College, entered the National Film and Television School, Ramsay took a break in-between Black and White Town and We Need to Talk About Kevin. The Harvard Film Archive welcomed Lynne Ramsay for a showcase of her films and she stated in an interview with Oliver Lyttelton that People started to call it The Lovely Money, they were getting greedy around it.
And I could feel the vibes and it became like the Holy Bible, I kept handing in drafts and I thought they were good, but it was like But thats not exactly like the book, the books going to be a success. That was the mistake made with the project. Ramsay won the 1996 Cannes Prix de Jury for her graduation film, the short Small Deaths. Her second short film, Kill the Day, won the Clermont Ferrand Prix du Jury, her third, Small Deaths is Ramsays debut short film that she completed as her graduating film at the UKs National Film and Television School. Small Deaths is a series of three vignettes of children grappling with familial realities and the repercussions of their actions, Ramsay is the Writer and cinematographer for this film. Kill the Day and directed by Ramsay, captures a day in the life of a heroin addict recently released from jail, and in the process inventively probes the inner workings of memory. Gasman and directed by Ramsay, is about a brother and sister who attend a Christmas party with their dad, was co-commissioned by BBC Films, Film4 and the London Organisationing Committee of the Olympic and Paraolympic Games.
The short was nominated at the British Independent Film Awards for Best Short, Ramsays debut feature, won critical acclaim and numerous awards. It was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Morvern Callar won Samantha Morton the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, and Kathleen McDermott the Scottish BAFTA Award for Best Actress. It won the 2002 C. I. C. A. E, Award and the Award of The Youth at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The motion picture soundtrack includes tracks from Stereolab, Aphex Twin, Velvet Underground, Ramsay is credited as the writer and director. The film is based on Alan Warners 1995 novel of the same name and it was featured in the Directors Fortnight for the Cannes Film Festival 2002 and went on to open the Edinburgh International Film Festival in August of the same year
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, spelled Bruni-Tedeschi, is an Italian-French actress and film director. Her 2013 film A Castle in Italy was nominated for the Palme dOr at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Bruni Tedeschi was born in Turin, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Like her younger sister, Carla Bruni, she has settled in France, the girls were raised bilingual, as their family moved to Paris in 1973, fearing kidnappings and, the terrorism of the Red Brigades. She holds dual Italian and French citizenship and her mother is Italian with French ancestry. Tedeschi had a relationship with the French actor Louis Garrel from 2007 to 2012, together they adopted a girl from Senegal in 2009. She played a role in the short film Drugstore, as part of a French anti-drug awareness raising campaign Drug Scenes. She recently appeared in one episode of the TV series In Treatment and her debut film as a director, Its Easier for a Camel. won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003 and at the Ankara Flying Broom Womens Film Festival in 2004.
It was awarded Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film and it was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. In 2007, Bruni Tedeschi directed Actrices, which won the Prix Spécial du Jury at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, valeria Bruni Tedeschi at the Internet Movie Database
Maria de Medeiros
Maria Esteves de Medeiros Victorino de Almeida, DamSE, known as Maria de Medeiros, is a Portuguese actress and singer who has been involved in both European and American film productions. She is best known internationally for playing Fabienne in Quentin Tarantinos 1994 film Pulp Fiction, Maria de Medeiros was born in Lisbon, the daughter of musician and composer António Victorino de Almeida. She played her first part on screen at the age of 15, at the age of 18, she moved to France to pursue her acting studies and was a student at the CNSAD. Medeiros speaks French fluently without an accent and has acted extensively on stage and she acts in Spanish and Italian productions. Medeiros is the first Portuguese woman to be designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace, among Medeiros most memorable film appearances are three early 1990s roles. Her considerable resemblance to Anaïs Nin landed her the role in Henry & June. In 1990, she played the role of Maria in Ken McMullens film about the rise of the Paris Commune,1871, in 1994, Medeiros appeared in Quentin Tarantinos Pulp Fiction playing Fabienne, the girlfriend of Butch Coolidge.
In 2000, Medeiros directed the film April Captains about the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. In 2003, Medeiros appeared as a hairdresser in the movie My Life Without Me starring Sarah Polley and she has starred in the Canadian movie The Saddest Music in the World directed by Guy Maddin and co-starring Isabella Rossellini and Mark McKinney. In 2007, Medeiros released an album, A Little More Blue, in which she performs songs by Brazilian musicians, including Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, on the album, she sings in Portuguese and English. On 23 February 2010 her second recording was released, Peninsulas & Continentes, in 2009, she sang These Boots Are Made for Walkin on the Legendary Tigerman album Femina. Sévérine C. De Medeiros sings La pappa col pomodoro Femina, De Medeiros sings These Boots Are Made for Walkin Señora
Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the muses of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama in 1972 for the film The Emigrants, and has been nominated for another four. In 2000, she was nominated for the Palme dOr for her directorial feature film. She has received two BAFTA Award nominations for her performances in Scenes from a Marriage and Face to Face, and two Academy Award nominations for The Emigrants and Face to Face. Ullmann was born in Tokyo, the daughter of Erik Viggo Ullmann, a Norwegian aircraft engineer who was working in Tokyo at the time, and Janna Erbe, Norwegian. Her grandfather was sent to the Dachau concentration camp during the Second World War for helping Jewish people escape from the town where he lived in Norway, he died in the camp. When she was two old, the family relocated to Toronto, where her father worked at the Norwegian air force base on Toronto Island during World War II.
The family moved to New York, where four years later, her father died of a brain tumor and her mother worked as a bookseller while raising two daughters. They eventually returned to Norway, settling in Trondheim, Ullmann began her acting career as a stage actress in Norway during the mid-1950s. Ullmann acted with Laurence Olivier in A Bridge Too Far, directed by Richard Attenborough, during 1971, Ullmann was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the movie The Emigrants, and again during 1976 for the movie Face to Face. Ullmann made her New York City stage debut in 1975 in A Dolls House, appearances in Anna Christie and Ghosts followed, as well as the less than successful musical version of I Remember Mama. This show, composed by Richard Rodgers, experienced numerous revisions during a preview period. She featured in the widely deprecated musical movie remake of Lost Horizon during 1973, the role subsequently went to Angie Dickinson. In 1982 Ingmar Bergman wanted Ullmann to play the main character Emelie Ekdahl in his last feature film and Alexander, but Ullmann felt the role was too sad and declined.
Liv Ullmann stated in interviews that turning it down was one of the few things she really regrets, during 1984 she was chairperson of the jury at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival, and during 2002 chaired the jury of Cannes Film Festival. She introduced her daughter, Linn Ullmann, to the audience with the words and her daughter was there to receive the Prize of Honour on behalf of her father, she would return to serve the jury herself during 2011. In 2003 Ullmann reprised her role for Scenes from a Marriage in Saraband and this was her comeback as an actress since her last role on the screen, in the Swedish movie Zorn. In 2004 Ullmann revealed that she had received an offer in November 2003 to play in 3 episodes of the popular American series, Ullmann was amused by the offer and said that it was one of the few programs she regularly watched, but she turned it down
Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, as a result of such argument, he and like-minded critics started to make their own films. Many of Godards films challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema, along with showing knowledge of film history through homages and references, several of his films expressed his political views, he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy. Since the New Wave, his politics have been less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist. In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics top-ten directors of all time and he is said to have created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century. He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticisms vocabulary, in 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony.
Jean-Luc Godard was born on 3 December 1930 in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the son of Odile and Paul Godard and his wealthy parents came from Protestant families of Franco–Swiss descent, and his mother was the daughter of Julien Monod, a founder of the Banque Paribas. She was the great-granddaughter of theologian Adolphe Monod, relatives on his mothers side include composer Jacques-Louis Monod, naturalist Théodore Monod and pastor Frédéric Monod. Four years after Jean-Lucs birth, his father moved the family to Switzerland, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Godard was in France and returned to Switzerland with difficulty. He spent most of the war in Switzerland, although his family made trips to his grandfathers estate on the French side of Lake Geneva. Godard attended school in Nyon, Switzerland, in 1946, he went to study at the Lycée Buffon in Paris and, through family connections, mixed with members of its cultural elite. He lodged with the writer Jean Schlumberger, having failed his baccalaureate exam in 1948 he returned to Switzerland.
He studied in Lausanne and lived with his parents, whose marriage was breaking up and he spent time in Geneva with a group that included another film fanatic, Roland Tolmatchoff, and the extreme rightist philosopher Jean Parvulesco. His older sister Rachel encouraged him to paint, which he did, after time spent at a boarding school in Thonon to prepare for the retest, which he passed, he returned to Paris in 1949. He registered for a certificate in anthropology at the University of Paris and he got involved with the young group of film critics at the ciné-clubs that started the New Wave. Godard originally held only French citizenship, in 1953, he became a citizen of Gland, canton of Vaud, Switzerland, in Paris, in the Latin Quarter just prior to 1950, ciné-clubs were gaining prominence. Godard began attending these clubs - the Cinémathèque, the CCQL, Work and Culture ciné Club, at these clubs he met fellow film enthusiasts including Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, and François Truffaut. Godard was part of a generation for whom cinema took on a special importance and he has said, In the 1950s cinema was as important as bread—but it isnt the case any more