Jury

SABRINA SEYVECOU (FRANCE)

Actress

Sabrina Seyvecou started playing various roles in films when she was a teenager. Her first leading role was in the feature film Secret Things (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2002), which took her around the world between 2003 and 2004. She has frequently worked with the directors Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau and René Féret. In addition, she has appeared in films such as Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010), My Way (Florent Emilio-Siri, 2012), The Girl and the River (Aurélia Georges, 2014) or Victoria (Justine Triet, 2016). Sabrina Seyvecou also had a role in the Italian film Happy Times Will Come Soon (Alessandro Comodin, 2016), which was selected at the Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival. Her latest film is Le Daim, by Quentin Dupieux, where she is the main character alongside Jean Dujardin.

@ Courtesy Festival des Cinemas Arabes Paris 2018

KHEDIJA LEMKECHER (TUNISIA)

Director, producer

After studying film in Paris, Khedija Lemkecher began her career with documentaries, fiction, advertising and directing television programmes. In addition, she has worked as a producer, and is the founder of the audiovisual company that produced the first film shot just after the Tunisian revolution, The Cinemonde (Moslah Kraiem, 2013). Her latest short films, The Night of the Blind Moon (2014) and Bolbol (2017), have been nominated and received awards in several international festivals, such as Cinemed, Diff Dubai, Filmfest Houston, Arab Cinema Festival, Aflam du Sud… She has also been a jury member at several festivals, such as PRIMED (France), JCC (Tunisia) or the IAWRT Film Festival (Philippines). She is currently preparing her debut in the feature film The Siren Tattoo.

AMANDA VILLAVIEJA (SPAIN)

Sound engineer

Amanda Villavieja works on documentary and fiction films. She often collaborates with José Luis Guerín, Isaki Lacuesta, Mercedes Álvarez, Oliver Laxe, Ricardo Íscar or Carla Subirana. Some of her work includes: En construcción (2001) and In the City of Sylvia (2007), by José Luis Guerín; The Legend of Time (2006) and Between Two Waters (2018), by Isaki Lacuesta; The Sky Turns (2004) and Mercado de futuros (2011), by Mercedes Álvarez; Tierra negra (2005) and El foso (2012), by Ricardo Íscar; Mimosas (2016) and Aquilo que arde (2018), by Oliver Laxe; Nadar (2008) and Volar (2012), by Carla Subirana; Penelope (Eva Vila, 2017), Les Unwanted de Europa (Fabrizio Ferraro, 2018), Staff only (Neus Ballús, 2018), Viaje al cuarto de una madre (Celia Rico, 2018) or La virgen de agosto (Jonás Trueba, 2018). She also teaches sound-related subjects at the Pompeu Fabra University.

MARCO LOMBARDI (ITALY)

Journalist, film critic

Marco Lombardi (Turin, 1962). Marco Lombardi is a film critic for Il Messagero and Radio Flash. He is also a lecturer at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples and the Sapienza University of Rome, as well as a novelist (I nuovi amici, Terremotività). In the past, he wrote for other newspapers (L’Unità, Il Sole24ore) and has been a scriptwriter and presenter on radio and television programmes for RAI (Radio2, Radio3, Rai Futura). He is also a food critic for the magazine Gambero Rosso and has published two essays on the topic: Cinegustologia and Gustose visioni. He has also been on the debut film selection committee at the Venice Film Festival and is the director of the Cinegustologia festival.

RANA SALEM (LEBANON)

Product, director, actress

Rana Salem graduated in 2004 from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, specialising in film and audiovisual studies. Her graduation film won the award for the best Lebanese student short film in 2005 and was shown at the European Film Festival and the Med-Film Festival in Rome. After working as a Director’s First Assistant for several local and foreign filmmakers, in 2010 she began to direct her own projects. Over the years, she has made short films such as Where to? (2003), First Floor Right (2005), The Red Balloon (2005), Window (2007) and Essay From a Room (2011), selected in the Sydney Arab Film Festival, Tribeca (New York) or CPH-DOX (Denmark). Her first fiction film, The Road, where she is the director and producer, she also plays the main female role. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI award at the 2015 Moscow International Film Festival.