(December 10, 1955,Sofia, Bulgaria) Graduated from the department of acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts NATFIZ. Worked at the Sliven drama theatre “Stefan Kirov”. Since 1985 worked as an actor at the Theatre of Bulgarian Army in Sofia. He has more than 50 roles in theatre, and more than twenty in feature films to his credit, directed stage productions “Accidental Death of an Anarchist”, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”, “Graduate” etc. Since 1992 teaches acting at NATFIZ. His first feature “Emigrants” (2003), which he directed together with Lyudmil Todorov, won several national awards and participated in many film festivals. “Footsteps in the Sand” (2010) participated in the competition of the 32 MIFF. He is an author of the book - "The actor in cinema". One of the founders of the prestigious Bulgarian theatre awards, Askeer. Ivaylo Hristov’s last film “Loosers” is a winner of the 37 Moscow Film Festival.
Ulrike Ottinger grew up in Konstanz, where she opened her own studio at an early age. From 1962 until 1968, she lived and worked as an artist in Paris, where she exhibited at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture and elsewhere. She studied etching techniques at the studio of Johnny Friedlaender and attended lectures at the Sorbonne on art history, religious studies, and ethnology with Claude Lévi-Strauss, Louis Althusser and Pierre Bourdieu. In 1966, she wrote her first screenplay, entitled “The Mongolian Double Drawer.” After returning to West Germany, she founded the “filmclub visuell” in Konstanz in 1969, as well as the “galeriepress” gallery and press, presenting Wolf Vostell and David Hockney, among others. With Tabea Blumenschein, she realized her first film in 1972-1973, LAOCOON & SONS, which had its premiere at Arsenal Berlin. She moved to Berlin in 1973, where she filmed the happening documentation BERLINFEVER – WOLF VOSTELL. After THE ENCHANTMENT OF THE BLUE SAILORS (1975), with Valeska Gert, came the female pirate film MADAME X (1977), a coproduction with the ZDF television network. The film was a sensation, and prompted substantial controversy. Her “Berlin trilogy” began with TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979), followed by FREAK ORLANDO (1981) and DORIAN GRAY IN THE MIRROR OF THE YELLOW PRESS (1984). Collaborating on the films were Delphine Seyrig, Magdalena Montezuma, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Eddie Constantine, and Kurt Raab, as well as the composer Peer Raben. In the short film USINIMAGE (1987), she revisited imagery derived from industrial wastelands and alienated urban landscapes. CHINA. THE ARTS – THE PEOPLE (1985) is the first in a series of long documentary films made in the course of Ulrike Ottinger’s travels through Asia. She made the narrative film JOHANNA D’ARC OF MONGOLIA in Mongolia in 1989, followed three years later by the eight-hour documentary film TAIGA. Alongside her journeys to the Far East, she applied a virtually “ethnographic” attention to the changes taking place in her own city between the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification in the documentary film COUNTDOWN. After the documentary film EXILE SHANGHAI (1997), her travels took her to southeast Europe, where she once again created a documentary film and a narrative film: SOUTHEAST PASSAGE (2002) and TWELVE CHAIRS (2004). The films of Ulrike Ottinger have received numerous awards, including the Audience Jury Prize in Montréal and the Bundesfilmpreis (Visual Design) for JOHANNA D’ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989), and the German Film Critics Award for the documentary films CHINA. THE ARTS – THE PEOPLE (1986) and PRATER (2008). Her works have been shown at the world’s most important film festivals and appreciated in multiple retrospectives, including at the Cinémathèque française in Paris and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ulrike Ottinger has also worked as a director of theater and opera. Her productions have included the 2000 premiere of Elfriede Jelinek’s “The Farewell” at the Berliner Ensemble. Ulrike Ottinger has worked in photography throughout her career as an artist. With her photographs, created largely in parallel with the film works, she has identified her own visual points of emphasis. She has taken part in major art exhibitions, presenting works at the Biennale di Venezia, the Documenta, and the Berlin Biennale, among others. Her solo exhibitions have been, among other places, in Rotterdam, Madrid, Berlin, and New York. In 2011 she was awarded the Hannah-Höch-Prize for her creative work.
Randhir Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1947. Randhir Kapoor is an actor, producer, director and the head of RK Studios established by his father - the famous showman Raj Kapoor. At the age of 23 Randhir Kapoor appeared on the silver screen with the film “Kal Aaj Aur Kal” in 1971. The film, which he also directed and produced, was a hit which starred three generations of the Kapoor family, including his grand-dad, Prithviraj, and his dad, Raj Kapoor. It was a grand success. He has acted in over 60 films and is currently acting in several films in India. He has produced 21 films of which he has directed three films, having won many awards.
Viktoria Isakova was born in Khasavyurt (Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic). When she was 13, her family moved to Moscow. After school, she entered the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and a year later transferred to the Moscow Art Theatre School, to famous Russian Oleg Yefremov's course. From 1999 to 2001 Viktoria collaborated with the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, appearing as Nina Zarechnaya in Chekhov’s “The Seagul” and Mavka in Lesya Ukrainka’s “The Forest Song”. In 2001, Isakova joined the company of the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre. The role of Pannochka in the performance of “Viy” based on Nikolay Gogol’s story brought her the Russian theatre award “Seagull”. Viktoria debuted on screen in 1998 playing bit role in the TV series “Chekhov&Co”, after which she appeared in another bit role in the 2000 serial “The Empire Under Attack”. In 2002 she started playing secondary roles in films and TV serials, among them Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Murderer’s Diaries” (2002), Aleko Tsabadze’s “Philip's Bay”, Aleksandr Proshkin’s “Doctor Zhivago”. Her cinema breakthrough happened in 2005 when she played the main character in the movie “Only the Wrong People Get Kissed”. She became famous next year, after memorable roles in the action movie “Piranha” (2006) and dramas “Nanny Needed” (2006), “The Island” (2006) and “The Spot” (2007). The latter was distinguished by the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the Chicago International Film Festival. The last several years have become a period of transition for the actress, both in theatre and cinema. She has been playing main roles in performances by the leading directors. She appears in Aleksey Mizgirev’s performance “Brothers” and Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Student”, as well as in Valery Todorovsky’s TV series “The Thaw” (2013), for which she received the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress on Television and the Russian Federation Government Prize. At the same time she appeared as Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva in Marina Migunova’s “Mirrors”, which brought her nomination to the Nika Russian national film award. In 2015 she played the main character in Pavel Lungin’s “Homeland” (2015. Her latest outstanding appearance on screen is in the film adaptation of Kirill Serebrennikov’s performance “Student”, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rashid Nugmanov was born on the 19th of March 1954 in Alma-Ata. In 1977 he graduated from the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute as an architect. In 1984 he entered the department of directing at VGIK (class of Sergei Solovyev). His VGIK debut movie “Yeh-Ha!” (1986, FIPRESSI Prize in the program “Young Soviet Cinema” at the Moscow Film Festival of 1987) is called a portrait of Soviet underground, his debut feature “Needle” (1987, Main Prize at the IFF in Nürnberg) embodies Perestroika neo-romanticism, while “the last Soviet film” “Wild East” (1993, Special Prize at the 5th IFF of adventure films in Valenciennes) is a phenomenon where East and West came together.“Needle” directed by the VGIK third-year student Nugmanov caused a sensation in the Soviet distribution when it became the second top-grossing film of the year and announced the advent of the “Kazakh New Wave”, new cinema and new life.
An excellent manger, Nugmanov was elected First Secretary of the Filmmakers’ Union of Kazakhstan in 1989 and occupied the post until 1992. Nugmanov’s second film was released after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Inspired by “The Magnificent Seven”, the post-apocalyptic punk-Eastern “Wild East” appeared in 1993 and triumphantly toured the festivals promoted as “the last movie of the USSR”
In 1993 Rashid Nugmanov moved to France. He studied international theory and practice of film production and financing, participated in the production of several American projects, wrote scripts, launched the animation series “Echo of Centuries” based on tales and legends of Turkic-speaking nations at “Rashid and B” studio in Alma-Ata. In 2010 Nugmanov directs a new extended version “The Needle Remix” (the director asserts that it is the first example of a remix in cinema).
In addition to being a talented director, Nugmanov proved an excellent manager. To him directing itself means first of all bringing together talented professionals. Spectacular comeback in a new guise happened in 2015, when he became the director of the film festival “Eurasia” and initiated the setting-up of the National Academy of Sciences and Arts in Kazakhstan.