DIFF | Juries | 2011
Mohammad Malas (President)Mohammad Malas (born 1945) studied filmmaking at the VGIK in Moscow, where he directed three short films. He began working with Syrian Television in 1974 and has directed several short films, documentaries and features. His debut feature “The Dreams of the City” (1984) won the UNESCO Award at Cannes. His other award-winning films include “The Night” (1992) and “The Dreams” (1989). He is also an accomplished author of fiction and non-fiction. Mohammad Malas at DIFF: “The Tissues Vendor” (2009, Cinema for Children)
Muhr Arab Feature
Peter Weir (President)Australian director Peter Weir (born 1944) has an uncommonly varied CV – from the chilling 1975 mystery “Picnic at Hanging Rock” through to “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Green Card” (1990), “The Truman Show” (1998), “Master and Commander” (2003) and “The Way Back” (2010). He is a multiple Academy Award nominee and won three BAFTAs. Peter Weir at DIFF: “The Way Back” (2010, Cinema of the World Gala)
Muhr Arab Documentary
Ulrike Ottinger (president)Ulrike Ottinger is an acclaimed artist/screenwriter/director. Her films, screened at international film festivals and receiving numerous awards, include features and documentaries, the latter including “China. The Arts – The People” (1986) and “Exile Shanghai” (1997). She has had multiple retrospectives including at MoMA (New York). She participated as an artist at the Biennale di Venezia amongst others. Her book “Bildarchive” (2005) is a selection of photographs from 1975 through 2005. Ulrike Ottinger at DIFF: “The Korean Wedding Chest” (2009, Cinema of the World), “Under Snow” (2011, Cinema of the World)
Muhr Arab Short
Andreas Dresen (President)Andreas Dresen (born East Germany, 1963) started working in theatre and film in the early 1980s. He studied filmmaking at the HFF “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam-Babelsberg. He is one of Germany’s foremost and most accomplished filmmakers and writers in film, television and theatre. Highlights from his career include: “Grill Point” (2002, Silver Bear at Berlin), “Cloud 9” (2008, Coup de Coeur at Cannes) and “Stopped on Track” (2011, Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes).
Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Volker Schlondorff (President)Volker Schlondorff is an internationally acclaimed German filmmaker and screenwriter. His close association with directors of the ‘Nouvelle Vague’ resulted in his assisting Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville. His first film “Young Torless”, won the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes in 1966. His films include: “The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum” (1975), “The Tin Drum” (1979, Golden Palm at Cannes/Oscar), “Death of a Salesman” (1984), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1990) and “The Legend of Rita” (2000, Blue Angel at Berlin).
Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary
Goutam Ghose (President)Goutam Ghose (born Kolkata) is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He was an active member of the theatre movement in Kolkata. His film credits include the award-winning“Hungry Autumn”, “Meeting a Milestone” (on Ustad Bismillah Khan), “Ray” (on Satyajit Ray) and “Impermanence” (on the Dalai Lama). He is the only Indian recipient of the Vittori Di Sica Award.
FIPRESCI Feature & Short
Klaus Eder (President)Klaus Eder is the General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and an advisor for several film festivals. He has worked as a film critic since the 1960s for national radio"Bayerischer Rundfunk" and for German-language film magazines. He has also authored books on Andrzej Wajda, Luis Bunuel, Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovski, Arturo Ripstein, Im Kwon-taek and Nagisa Oshima.
Simon Popek (President)Born in 1970, Simon Popek, is an author, who has been connected with cinema since the early 1990s. A former president of the Slovene film critics' association in 1997, he was also employed in the film acquisitions department of TV Slovenia and the Ljubljana International Film Festival and Documentary Film Festival.
Human Rights Film Network
Diana SaqebDiana Saqeb is an Afghan documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist. She studied Cinema at Tehran’s Art University. She is the festival coordinator of the first Autumn Human Rights Film Festival and has worked as Deputy Director on the 2nd and 3rd editions of the Kabul International Film Festival. Her film credits include: “Twenty Five Percent” (doc/2007), which screened at international film festivals and on the BBC World News channel.