Jury Of the International Competition – Cutting Edge
Born in 1952 in Paris, Jean Perret took a degree in literature and contemporary history and wrote his thesis on Swiss documentary filmmaking in the 1930s. He has worked as a film journalist for various magazines and newspapers as well as for Radio Suisse Romande. He created the «Semaine de la critique» section at Locarno, for which he was responsible between 1990 and 1994, and in 1995 he took over the direction of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, re-baptized «Visions du Réel». Within just a few years, this festival became the epicenter of international documentary film. Jean Perret fosters thinking about film; he is especially interested in hybrid forms of documentary and fictional film, which cover new cinematic territory.
After 16 successful years, Perret became the director of the Film Department, now known as cinéma du réel, at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2010. A young generation of filmmakers benefits from his artistic vision and his love of cinema. Jean Perret wants to offer them a testing ground and encourages them «to find their most individual filmic expression and the strongest inherent motivation that legitimizes their work.»
Christine Dollhofer was born in Wels in 1963. She studied Dramatics and Mass Communications at the University of Vienna. Since 1990, she promotes international auteur cinema in her capacity as director and curator of various film festivals. She was head of the Viennese arthouse cinema Filmcasino from 1993 to 1997 and went on to become artistic co-director of the DIAGONALE Festival of Austrian Film in Graz. She is a board member of Sixpack Film and a member of the Austrian Film Institute’s jury.
Christine Dollhofer is the founder and director of CROSSING EUROPE, a festival which puts a spotlight on handpicked European films that broach current sociopolitical issues. Since 2011, she’s the program delegate (for Austria, Switzerland, and Germany) for the San Sebastián Int. Film Festival in Spain and the acquisition consultant for the Viennese distributor «Filmladen». On top of this, she holds various teaching positions. In 2007 she received the «Würdigungspreis für Filmkunst» (Recognition Award for Film Art) of the Republic of Austria.
Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, born in 1975 in Spain, is one of the great visionaries of contemporary cinema. His uncompromising, symbolically charged images rely on atmosphere and the power of the visual much more than on linear narrative storytelling. In a humorous way and with irony, he combines references to art(history) without lapsing into the genre of the period drama. Rather, he is interested in thinking about the contemporary status of iconic figures such as Dracula or Casanova, who find a complex expression in Serra’s idiosyncratic and original images.
Albert Serra studied literature and art history at Barcelona University. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film «Honor de cavallería», followed by «El cant dels ocells» (2008); both were selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. In 2010 he made «Els noms de Crist» before directing, a year later, «El senyor ha fet en mi meravelles» for the exhibition Correspondencias in Barcelona. These two films were screened at Locarno in the Fuori Concorso section in 2011. That same year he was also one of sixty filmmakers who contributed to «60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero», a series of short one-minute films about the death of cinema. In 2013, his film «Història del meva mort» won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. We look forward to his latest venture «La mort de Louis XIV».