Three-person international jury will be composed of legendary directors Brian De Palma and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and acclaimed actor Zhang Ziyi
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*Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail, September 3, 2005.
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Brian De Palma was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied physics at Columbia University but became obsessed with making films after seeing Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). One of the key auteurs to emerge from the "New Hollywood" of the 1960s and '70s, Brian De Palma has created an oeuvre that oscillates from low-budget independent films to Hollywood blockbusters, working almost exclusively within traditional Hollywood genres: horror, sci-fi, rock musical, gangster epic, war film, and psychological thriller. Many of his films have screened at the Festival, including his Oscar-nominated horror film Carrie (1976), Sisters (1973), The Fury (1978), Femme Fatale (2002), Redacted (2007), and most recently Passion (2012). De Palma won his first Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his comedy-drama Greetings (1968), starring Robert De Niro. In 2007, the crime-thriller Redacted won the prestigious Silver Lion and Future Film Festival Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival. Most recently, in 2015 he was honoured again in Venice and awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. This year, TIFF Cinematheque presented a retrospective of his work called Split/Screen: The Cinema of Brian De Palma.
Zhang Ziyi was born in Beijing, China. Graceful and formidable, glamorous and badass, Zhang is an international superstar who has time and again brought strong, multi-dimensional female characters to the screen. She first came to prominence in Ang Lee’s Academy Award–winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), garnering international award nominations and global stardom. Aided by her classical dance training, Zhang mesmerized audiences with dizzying choreographed moves in the martial arts films Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004), directed by Zhang Yimou. She successfully crossed over into the North American film industry, starring in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), for which she received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Zhang has demonstrated an extensive range, working alongside the visionary Wong Kar-Wai in the masterful 2046 (2005) and in the director’s latest contribution to world cinema, The Grandmaster (2013). Zhang will also be participating in the Festival’s In Conversation With… event on September 15 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Abéché, Chad. His films Dry Season (06) and A Screaming Man (10) played the Festival. His other features include Bye-bye Africa (99), Our Father (02), and Grigris (13). Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (16) is his latest feature.
Luc Déry is a Canadian producer and founder of micro_scope. He has produced or co-produced numerous films, including A Problem with Fear (03), Tiresia (03), Familia (05), Congorama (06), Continental, un film sans fusil (07), C’est pas moi, je le jure! (08), Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award nominated Incendies (10), and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (11). His recent productions include Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (15) and André Turpin’s Endorphine (15).
Anita Lee is an executive producer at the National Film Board of Canada. Her recent productions include The Deeper They Bury Me (14), Highrise: Universe Within (15), Invention (15), The Apology (16). She produced Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (12), which won the Rogers Toronto Critics Prize for Best Canadian Film, Best Documentary Feature at the Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Non-Fiction Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Lee is also the founder of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
Hal Niedzviecki is a Canadian novelist, nonfiction writer, and screen writer. He is the author of 11 books of fiction and non-fiction, including most recently Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future and The Archaeologists, a novel.
Mina Shum was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. A writer and director, her feature films include Double Happiness (94), Drive, She Said (97), and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (02), all of which premiered at the Festival. Her first feature documentary, Ninth Floor (15), was included in the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival and awarded the Women in Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award.
Abteen Bagheri is a writer and director from Los Angeles, CA. He has directed music videos for A$AP Rocky and Blood Orange, and commercials for Nike, Taco Bell, Smart Car, and Volvo. His work has screened at Sundance, SXSW, and on television networks worldwide.
Jeff Barnaby is a Mi’gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec. His short films have played in numerous festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Fantasia, and Vancouver. His film The Colony (07) was selected by the Festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten shorts. His debut feature, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (13), screened at TIFF and was selected for the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
Eva Husson was born and raised in France, where she received her M.A. in English literature from the Sorbonne before pursuing a M.F.A. at the American Film Institute. Her short films include Hope to Die (04) and Those For Whom It’s Always Complicated (13). Her debut feature Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (15) premiered at the Festival.
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