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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.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930 in Paris. During his student years at the Sorbonne, he met Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut and Jacques Rivette, a group of young filmmakers and critics, and started writing for the legendary film magazine, Cahiers du Cinéma. 'A bout de souffle' (1959) was his first feature, a highly original, spontaneous film shot on a shoe-string, which would later be one of the defining films of the French New Wave.
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.