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Born in Rome in 1968, son of a theatre critic and a photographer, Matteo Garrone graduated from the Art Lyceum in 1986, dedicating his free time to painting. Received his first recognition in 1996 winning the Sacher d’Oro, award sponsored by Nanni Moretti (‘Mia Madre’, ‘The Son’s Room’), and eventually became a two-time winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival with ‘Gomorrah’ in 2008 and ‘Reality’ in 2012. Known for always working as a camera operator for his own movies, hand-held camera being his trademark, he was a member of the jury at 2012’s edition of the Venice Film Festival.
Alex Gibney was born in 1953 in New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before studying film at the University of California. His most notable work is the Oscar-winning documentary 'Taxi to the Dark Side' (2008), an in-depth examination of the torture practices by the United States in the Middle-East. His other films include 'Enron' (2005) and 'The Armstrong Lie' (2013).
American-born Terry Gilliam moved to London in 1967 and later joined the comedy series 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', which made its breakthrough with 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' in 1974. With the gradual disintegration of the Python troupe, Gilliam started directing, building his reputation as a visionary maker of fantastic worlds, monsters and machines, with films such as 'Brazil' (1985) and 'Twelve Monkeys' (1995).
Gianni Di Gregorio was born Trastevere, Rome, where he still lives and works. Originally enrolling at university to study modern literature, Gianni left before graduation to attend the Academy of Performing Arts in Rome. After three years of theatre, he decided to begin working in film as an assistant director, before moving into screenwriting. His is best known for 'The Salf of Life' (2008), which he made at the age of 60.
Alain Guiraudie was born in 1964 into a farming family, and it is perhaps due to this rural upbringing that his style possesses a naturalistic tone. He directed his first feature film, 'That Old Dream That Moves' in 2001, which was presented in Cannes with Jean-Luc Godard praising it as the 'best film at festival.' 'Stranger By the Lake' premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival to wide critical acclaim, winning two awards.