2013 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Winner Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra)
and Best Actress Award Winner Elena Cotta (A Street in Palermo)
Notable winners at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (that has just closed a few weeks prior to the 2013 BIFF) are scheduled to attend the Busan International Film Festival: Director Gianfranco Rosi who won the Golden Lion with his film Sacro Gra and Elena Cotta who won the Best Actress Award with her performance in A Street in Palermo.
Film Masters Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan
As Well As Brilliant Irish Actors to Attend the Festival
Film Masters Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan have garnered international acclaim with their films that deal with the reality of Irish society. They will screen 2 films each in the Special Program in Focus ‘Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema.’
About the guests
Gianfranco ROSI / Director / Italy
Sacro Gra | World Cinema
Gianfranco Rosi was born in Eritrea and went to university in Italy before relocating and graduating from New York University. He is a guest lecturer at his alma mater, the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City and teaches documentary film studies at Switzerland’s SUPSI and Accademia dell’Immagine L’Aquila, Italy. His films include Boatman(1993), Below Sea Level(2008) and El Sicario, Room 164(2010).
Elena COTTA / Actress / Italy
A Street in Palermo | World Cinema
Elena Cotta was born in Milan in 1931. She made her film debut in 1951, in Miracolo a Viggiù(1951) and in 2013, at 82 years old, she won the Best Actress award at the 70th Venice Film Festival for her performance in A Street in Palermo(2013).
Jim SHERIDAN / Director / Ireland
In the Name of the Father | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
In America | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
Jim Sheridan was born in Dublin and is a graduate of Dublin University College. He is also a playwright who had two screenplays staged while living in New York in the 1980s. His filmography includes the Oscar-winning My Left Foot(1989), The Field(1990), In the Name of the Father(1993), The Boxer(1997), Brothers(2009) and Dream House(2011).
Neil JORDAN / Director / Ireland
The Crying Game | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
Michael Collins | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
Born in 1950, Neil Jordan is an Irish filmmaker and fiction writer. He won an Academy Award (Best Original Screenplay) for The Crying Game. He also won Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for The Butcher Boy. His filmography includes The Company of Wolves(1984), Mona Lisa(1986), The Crying Game(1992), The Butcher Boy(1997), and Byzantium(2012).
Pat SHORTT / Actor / Ireland
Garage | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
Life’s a Breeze | Rogues, Rebels and Romantics: A Season of Irish Cinema
Actor and comedian Pat Shortt was born in 1966 in Ireland. His most notable works include his comedy sketches with Jon Kenny as 'D'Unbelievables', Ireland's most popular comedy duo. His role in the film Garage(2007) earned him the Best Actor Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2008.