Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jury of 16th International Film Festival of Kerala 2011- Main Jury


Bruce Beresford, who was born in Australia served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Returning home in 1972, he came to be known as Australia's "new wave" directors, who excelled at intimate period dramas. His first popular success was the darkly humorous Don's Party (1975). He scored his first real hit with the intense Breaker Morant (1979). In the early 1980s, Beresford moved to the United States, where he won considerable praise for the subtle, Texas-set Tender Mercies (1982). His greatest success was the Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy (1989). His other films include The Getting of Wisdom (1977), Crimes of the Heart (1986), Black Robe (1991), Paradise Road (1997), and Bride of the Wind (2001). He is also a screenwriter and producer, and has directed a number of opera productions.


Laurence Gavron originally from France, now lives in Dakar, Senegal, where she is a film director and writer. Inspired by her fascination for African cultures, Gavron has produced documentaries on local musicians, griots (West African story tellers) and the work of film director Djibril Diop Mambety. She writes regularly for local newspapers. Laurence Gavron is the author of two novels- Marabouts d'ficelle (2000) and Boy Dakar (2008).


Jeffrey Jeturian born in Manila, Philippines, worked his way up in film production over a 15-year period. His directorial debut Enter Love - Sana Pag-ibig Na, a love story between a mistress and her deceased lover's son reaped acclaim from local critics. His second film Fetch A Pail of Water - Pila Balde, is a socio-realist observation of the plight of slum dwellers and their struggle for survival. This film won the NETPAC Jury Award at the 1st Cine Manila International Film Festival in 1999 and a Gold Award at the 2000 World fest International Film Festival in Houston, Texas. His Sana Pag-ibig Na(1998) ), Bisperas (2011) and The Bet Collector (2006) also won him accolades.


Semih Kaplanoglu born in 1963, in Izmir, Turkey debuted in cinema with Away From Home (Herkes Kendi Evinde), which won numerous international film awards. His second feature film Angel's Fall (Melegin Dususu) received wider interest among international film critics. The film which premiered at the 55th Berlin Film Festival won the Best Film Award in Nantes 3 Continents, the International Film Festival of Kerala and the Barcelona Independent Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at the International Istanbul Film Festival. The film still continues its journey in the international film festival circuit. Kaplanoglu's film Sut (Milk) released in Germany in January 2010, Yumurta (Egg), Bal (Honey) produced in 2010, form the trilogy Yusuf's Trilogy, named after the main character Yusuf in the films.


Rahul Bose is an actor, screenwriter and director born in Kolkata, India. The Time magazine dubbed him "the superstar of Indian art house cinema" following his films English August and Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. He has worked in three of Aparna Sen's films- Mr. and Mrs Iyer, 15 Park Avenue and The Japanese Wife. Bose has appeared in Hindi films such as Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Chameli, Takshak and Jhankaar Beats. He is also a social activist and the founder of the NGO, the Foundation. He is the founder and chairman of the Group of Groups, an umbrella organisation for 51 Mumbai charitable organisations and NGOs. He is also an ambassador for the American India Foundation, the World Youth Peace Movement and Planet Alert.

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