Qumra Masters Biography
Born in Paris, Claire Denis wrote and directed her first feature film, Chocolat, in 1988. A semi-autobiographical story of racial tension in colonial Africa in the 1950s, the film was screened at Cannes Film Festival...
In 1996, she won the Golden Leopard Locarno for Nenette and Boni. Denis’ other notable films Trouble Every Day (2001), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009) and Bastards (2013) were presented at Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. In 2017, Claire Denis returned to Cannes with Bright Sunshine In, screened as the opening film in Directors’ Fortnight and winner of the SACD prize.
New York City native James Gray is a film director and screenwriter. He went on to study at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts before making his feature directorial debut with the crime drama Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five which won the Silver Lion award at the 51st Venice International Film Festival...
He has made six other features, four of which competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
His body of work includes The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007) starring Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers (2008), The Immigrant (2013), The Lost City of Z (2016) and the sci-fi adventure Ad Astra (2019).
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1972, Jessica Hausner studied directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made the award-winning short films Flora (1996) and Inter-View (1999), which won the Jury Prize of the Cannes Cinéfondation. Her body of work includes the Cannes nominated feature films Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004) selected to the Festival’s Un Certain Regard segment...
Her feature Lourdes (2009), won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival.
In 1999, Hausner founded the Viennese film production company coop99. She was appointed a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017. Her fifth feature film Little Joe (2019) premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival where its lead actress won the award for Best Actress.
Born in 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts, Mark Mangini grew up as a musician and attended Holy Cross College as a foreign language major. His passion for filmmaking and music prompted a move to Los Angeles in 1976, where he launched his career in sound department working for children’s cartoons before founding Weddington Productions – a successful post-production sound company that he ran for 25 years...
His extensive body of work as a supervising sound editor, sound designer, and recording mixer earned him five Oscar® nominations for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Aladdin (1992), The Fifth Element (1997), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). He won the award in 2015 for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Phedon Papamichael, an Academy Award® nominated cinematographer was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts in Munich...
He is widely regarded for his collaborations with directors James Mangold, Alexander Payne and Wim Wenders. Working as a photojournalist brought Papamichael to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography. Papamichael now counts over 45 features to his credit as Director of Photography, including the early blockbusters, While You Were Sleeping (1995), Cool Runnings (1993) and Phenomenon (1996), all directed by Jon Turteltaub. He was nominated for both the Academy Award® and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Payne's 2013 film Nebraska. Papamichael’s recent works include Mangold’s Ford V Ferrari (2019), which earned him a BAFTA nomination.