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Born in 1957 in Warsaw, Pawlikowski left Poland when he was 14 and lived in London, Germany and Italy. He finally settled in Britain. After studying literature and philosophy, he began his career making award-winning, offbeat documentaries which poetically mixed fact and fiction. He was a Creative Arts Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and is fluent in six languages: Polish, French, English, German, Italian and Russian.
Gillio Pontecorvo (1919-2006) was an Italian leftist filmmaker. He worked as a foreign correspondent and a documentarian before gaining recognition with his 1960 Academy Award nominated drama 'Kapo', a grim concentration camp melodrama. His most evocative film, the landmark political drama 'The Battle of Algiers' (1966) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and received a Best Foreign-language Oscar nomination.
Sally Potter, was born in 1949 in London. She is the daughter of two artistic parents who influenced her decision to become a filmmaker. Potter began making 8mm films, and has also worked as a choreographer and opera director. Her film 'Orlando' (1992), starring Tilda Swinton, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic, first brought her work to a wider audience. She is known for her innovative form and risk-taking subject matter.