The 2019 Jury

President of the Feature-Film Jury 2019

Sandrine BonnairePresident of the Jury 2019

This year again, the Dinard Film Festival is honoured to welcome a great film personality as the president of its 2019 Jury. Whether as an actress, filmmaker or scriptwriter, Sandrine Bonnaire, a major figure in French cinema, has been showing the many facets of her talent since 1984 when she got the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Maurice Pialat’s À nos amours.

During her outstanding career comprising numerous films and prizes, Sandrine Bonnaire received the César Award for Best Actress in Agnès Varda’s Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) in 1986 and, in 1995, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s La Cérémonie, a film located on the Emerald Coast in which she masterfully played the illiterate, disturbing servant of a bourgeois family. In 1999, she returned to Saint-Malo with Claude Chabrol to play Viviane Sterne in Au cœur du mensonge.

Sandrine Bonnaire has worked with France’s greatest film directors, such as Patrice Leconte, Jacques Rivette, André Techiné and Claude Sautet. Furthermore, her work as a documentary director (Elle s’appelle Sabine, Jacques Higelin, Marianne Faithfull) as well as for the stage (Le miroir de Jade, 2015) has been widely acclaimed. In 2019 she appeared in Marion Laine’s TV drama, Ce soir là et les jours d’après, based on the terrorist attack at the Bataclan, and in Nicolas Boukhrief’s Trois jours et une vie, adapted from Pierre Lemaitre’s eponymous novel.

Once again, Dinard is delighted to become a British enclave on Breton soil for five days by offering the general public and professionals alike a selection of films in competition, previews and retrospectives, special screenings and discussions, as well as masterclasses and tributes to the greatest British directors and actors. These screenings and events will be attended by prestigious guests, the crews of the films in competition and the Jury chaired by Sandrine Bonnaire.

True to the legendary British phlegm and sense of humour, the Dinard Film Festival sets out to fulfil its mission once again: to enable rare, original, independent films to find distributors and reach a wide French audience.

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Members of the Feature-Film Jury 2018

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Raphaël PersonnazActor, Comedian - French
Before his career took off with The Princess of Montpensier directed by Bernard Tavernier – who also picked him for The French Minister – Raphaël Personnaz had appeared in films by Sam Karmann, Gérard Jugnot and Anne Le Ny. Multi-talented, he had acted in romcoms (The Stroller Strategy), historical dramas (The Gate),
adventure stories (In the Forests of Siberia), or thrillers (SK1). He crossed the Channel twice to play opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law in Anna
Karenina and Ralph Fiennes in The White Crow. In 2018, he obtained the
Molière award for best one-man show for his play Vous n’aurez pas ma haine (You will not have my hatred) adapted from the eponymous book by Antoine Leiris about the terrorist attack on the Bataclan theatre. He currently stars in Persona non grata, by Roshdy Zem.


Sveva AlvitaActress, Model - Italian
Born on July 14th, the French national holiday, Sveva Atlviti is an Italian actress and model. She set out on a career in tennis but changed tracks when she won a modelling contest her
sister had entered her in. She moved to New York and modelled for nine years while taking on small roles such as in the series La mia casa è piena di specchi with Sophia Loren. Liza Azuelos picked her among over 250
candidates to play the star in her biopic, Dalida, one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of 2017, a great boost to her acting career. The following year, she appeared with Kev Addams and Marc Lavoine in Love Addict, by Frank Bellocq, followed by Lukas by Julien Leclercq, starring alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kaaris and Sami Bouajila.


James WatkinsDirector, Screenwriter - English
The Dinard Film festival has often put the spotlight on makers of genre films, such as Christopher Smith in 2017. The festival is pleased this year to invite James Watkins to walk up the red carpet. Watkins became known with Eden Lake, a horror film about a gang of persecuting teenagers – Thomas Turgoose, Shane – who have decided to ruin the romantic weekend of a young couple played by Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender. Watkins also directed The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe – who had just finished the Harry Potter series – and Bastille Day, with Idris Elba, Charlotte Le Bon et José Garcia. He also directed the Shut up and Dance episode of the Black Mirror series as well as all eight episodes of the BBC’s McMafia series. Meadow’s favourite actor, is one of them

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Sami BouajilaActor, Director - French
Sami Bouajila won the best actor award in Cannes with his four partners for their roles in Days of Glory, by Rachid Bouchared in 2006 and the Cesar award for best actor in a supporting role for The Witnesses, by André Téchiné in 2008. Bouajila rose to fame in 1996 for his role in Bye Bye, by Karim Dridi. From that point on, he became sought-after by all the majors. He has acted with the likes of Bruce Willis and Denzel Wahisngton in The Siege, by Edward Zwick. He played the lead in Drôle de Félix, and acted in Abdellatif Kechiche’s first feature film before collaborating with Michel Blanc, Bernard Rapp, Arnaud
Desplechin, Pierre Salvadori and Florent Emilio Siri. Bouchareb picked him again for London River – shot partly in Dinard – and in Outside the Law. Roschdy Zem, his partner in that last film went on to direct him in Omar Killed Me.

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Jane HorrocksActress, Screenwriter - English
Film festivals often present a great opportunity to bring together old colleagues. It will be the case for Jane Horrocks and Michael Caton- Jones who worked together in 1990 on Memphis Belle. Jane has also acted with other directors who are favourites of the festival, such as Mike Leigh in Life is Sweet, Dexter Fletcher, in Sunshine on Leith, Nicolas Roeg, in The Witches with Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn who she also worked with in Little Voice by Mark Herman. She was propelled to stardom in the series Absolutely Fabulous in which she played two roles, Bubble, the assistant of Edina – played by Jennifer Saunders – and Kathy Grin, her cousin. She is also famous for her voice work in animation films such as Chicken Run or Corpse Bride.

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Danièle ThompsonDirector, Screenwriter - French
Danièle Thompson, scriptwriter and film director, started her career co-writing with her father, Gérard Oury, La Grande Vadrouille, the most popular film in France for thirty years. Ms Thompson collaborated with her father on nine more comedies such as Delusions of Grandeur, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob and Ace of Aces. Danièle Thompson was nominated for an Oscar for Cousin Cousine, directed by Jean-Charles Tacchella and went on to initiate La Boum, directed by Claude Pinoteau. She also worked with Patrice Chéreau on La Reine Margot, with Elie Chouraqui on Les Marmottes, before
directing Season’s Beatings, which she co-wrote with her son, Christopher.
Mother and son also worked together on four more projects, including Jet
Lag, Orchestra Seats and Change of Plans. She worked alone on the script for her sixth feature film, Cézanne and I, in 2016.

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Michael Caton-JonesDirector, Producer - Scottish
Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones has worked with some of the most talented British actors and actresses. In 1989, in Scandal, he directed Ian McKellen opposite John Hurt – who he went on to direct again; first in the mythical Rob Roy in which Hurt shared the billing with fabulous British actors, Liam
Neeson, Tim Roth, Brian Cox and Jason Flemyng, and then in the poignant Shooting Dogs about the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In This Boy’s Life, he brought together Martin Scorsese’s stars, Robert de Niro and a young Leonardo di Caprio for his first major screen role. He has also directed Matthew Modine and Jane Horrocks in Memphis Belle, Michael J. Fox and Woody Harrelson in Doc Hollywood, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere in The Jackal and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2.

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Aurélie SaadaSinger, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actress - French
Multi talented is the expression that truly defines what Aurélie Saada is about : as a singer, director, producer, script writer and also actress, everything she touches becomes gold. Her most popular project is Brigitte, created with
fellow singer Sylvie Hoarau. Beyond the super popular music recorded by the duo, Brigitte has turned the French music scene upside down with its combination of subtle feminist lyrics, and a look that immediately started a immense trend. Brigitte’s success de facto made Aurélie Saada a talent that
everyone wants to be associated with. Along with directing all of Brigitte’s music videos, Aurélie has directed spots for various brands such as Dior and Alexis Mabille. Aurelie is currently putting the final touches on the script for her first motion picture.

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Shane MeadowsDirector et Screenwriter - English
Winner of the Golden Hitchcock in 2004 for Dead Man’s Shoes, Shane Meadows is without a doubt the filmmaker who has walked up the red carpet of the Dinard Film Festival the most often to present his films: 24/7, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands and Somers Town ; his musical documentaries: Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone; and This is England – very successful in the cinemas – which was followed by two further episodes covering three seasons. He also won two awards at the last edition of the Series Mania Festival in Lille: best actor, for Steven Graham and best series for The Virtues, which will be screened in its entirety during our 30th edition.

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Farah AbushweshaProducer - Irish
Farah Abushwesha is a BAFTA and European Film Academy-nominated producer and Amazon best-selling author. She produced The Singapore Grip by Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons) with Colm Meaney, Charles Dance and Jane Horrocks, The ABC Murders with John Malkovich and Rupert Grint, Netflix Original Irreplaceable You with Christopher Walken
and Steve Coogan, The Last Photograph with Danny Huston and Sarita
Choudhury. She is the founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Showcase
and Competition. She was a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2017.

















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Phénix BrossardActor - French
For Phénix Brossard, all roads lead to Dinard. He first appeared in La Lisière and won the joint best acting award with Alex Lawther and Juliet Stevenson at the Dinard Film Festival in 2015. He then acted in Marie-Francine, directed by Valérie Lemercier and in Chocolat, directed by Roschdy Zem as well as TV series (En immersion, Baron noir, Riviera…). He is now returning to the Emerald Coast to present a preview screening of Little Joe as well as the trailer of the 30th edition of the Dinard Dilm Festival shot on the Écluse beach in August.

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Diane GabrysiakHead of film programming - French
Diane is Head of Film Programming and Exhibition at Ciné Lumière / French
Institute in London. She was Acquisitions Manager at New Wave Films
for eight years as well as acquisitions consultant for various distribution
companies. She holds a PhD in Film Studies and has programmed for various festivals and cinematheques. She also regularly translates films and essays.