Panorama Events

Mikko Kuparinen / Director

Born in 1979, Mikko Kuparinen’s first feature film was the romantic comedy, Body Fat Index of Love, in 2012. His three last short films (Sirocco, Truth or Dare, Homevideo) have all been awarded at international film festivals. The last one being Sirocco, for which Kuparinen won the Grand Prix at Odense FF (2013), in Denmark and was chosen to be one of the “10 Directors to Watch”, published by four leading Nordic film magazines. 2 Nights till Morning is Mikko Kuparinen’s first English language work as a director and a writer.
Yasmina Benari / Director

With a background in classical violin, Yasmina Benari left France at 18 to study and work abroad (Spain, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt…), learning three languages and obtaining two masters degrees in Political sciences and Arabic and Muslim world. In 2005, she enrolled in a documentary workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark and received a fund to direct her first feature documentary, With Open Eyes. She then settled in Egypt for five years until entering Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in 2012. While living in Egypt, she started to film her second feature documentary and produced three Installations as part of the Art collective “Le Caire m...
Magnus Gertten / co- Director

Magnus Gertten is an award-winning director from Malmö, Sweden, specialised in creative documentaries, with a personal and intimate tone. Among his internationally awarded films is the war refugee film Every Face Has a Name (2015) and one of his music documentaries, Rolling Like a Stone (2005). Among other films Magnus Gertten co-produced, is the Grand Prize winner of Cannes’ Critics week, Armadillo (2010). He also produced the short film My Uncle Loved the Colour Yellow (2008), awarded at the Berlin FF 2008. Magnus Gertten runs the production company Auto Images in Malmö, Sweden, together with producer Lennart Ström.<...
With Liza Klemenz

4-10 November 2016
Nb Participants: 10

The new animation section of the 9th edition of the Panorama of the European Film, comes not only with a selection of critically acclaimed animated features and shorts but also comes with a workshop.
This year the Panorama of the European Film has invited Lisa Klemenz, an animation expert, to give a workshop about body acting and animation using the technique of animation stand. Together with the help of Mokaabat Studios and El-Kousha Puppets troupe, Lisa's workshop will pay attention to the importance of the motion of the puppets.
The benefit of paper cut puppets is that you don’t need to ...
Oussama Abdul Aal / Rachid
Zine Darar / Marteau
Foued Nabba / Reda

Following the screening of Chouf, a very realistic portrayal of the infamously rough Quartiers Nord of Marseille (Northern Districts), a Q&A will take place in the presence of the non-professional actors Foued Nabba, Zine Darar and Oussama Abdul Aal, giving the audience the opportunity to learn about their cinematic experience and how the film mirrors their daily reality.
Presented by the director Khairy Beshara

Khairy Beshara completed his high school in Cairo then joined the High Film Institute in Cairo where he graduated in 1967. He then went to Warsaw, Poland on a fellowship for two years where he met his future wife, Monika Kowalczyk. He started his career with a focus on documentaries then moved to feature narratives and directed 12 long features that were screened at various international film festivals. He is one of the first Egyptian and Arab directors to venture into digital film making in the late 1990s.
Film presented by Mohammed Hammad

Mohammed Hammad is an Egyptian director with a number of short films in his repertoire. He wrote, produced, and directed the short film Central (2008) and the short film Pale Red (2010), which was selected in numerous international festivals, such as the Seattle IFF and was awarded Best Film dealing with Women Issues at Carthage FF in 2010. His debut feature film Withered Green, was selected at the Locarno IFF and at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur. It was also screened in the Discovery Section of the Stockholm IFF and in 2016, Hammad was also a member of the Jury in the Impact Section of the fest...
Jacopo Quadri / Editor

Jacopo Quadri was born in 1964 in Italy and studied film in Rome. As an editor, he won several prizes and worked on films by Bernardo Bertolucci, Frans Weisz, Zhang Yuan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and many others. He directed various short films and, together with Mario Martone, made the full-length documentary Un Posto Al Mondo (2000). After the death of his father Franco Quadri he inherited his publishing house Ubulibri, specialised in books about theatre. From that heritage, Quadri embarked on a series of documentaries about theatre, of which The Summer School (La Scuola d’Estate) is the first.
Presented by Hala Lotfy

Hala Lotfy is a director, producer and founder of Hassala Films. She studied filmmaking at the High Film Institute in Cairo and graduated with honors in 1999. Her documentary Feeling Cold (2005) was awarded in several international festivals such as the National FF (Egypt), the Pyong Yang IFF and the Rotterdam Arab FF. In 2011, she received the prestigious Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award, for new cinematic voices reflecting integrity of spirit in independent film. Her feature-length debut Coming Forth By Day (2012) earned her more than 12 international awards, including the FIPRESCI and Best Director from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi...
Free WORKSHOP:
Dates: 10-12 November 2016
Workshop Site: Fayoum
Maximum Participants: 20
Application deadline: 30 October
Kindly note that the workshop will be held in English.


What means "Poetry Film"? Poetry Film is more than the meager visual illustration of a poetic text. It dissolves the frontiers between literature and film and unites both in a new way.
It finds a very interested audience far beyond the usual boundaries of classic film distribution: poetry films are screened in art galleries, literature festivals, readings, poetry film channels.

Alongside the screening program of the ninth 'Panorama of The European Film' in A...
Barış Kaya & Soner Caner / co-Directors

Barış Kaya and Soner Caner are filmmakers from Turkey. Kaya studied at the film and TV faculty at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. He has long worked in film production and made a number of TV commercials. Caner studied artificial technology, focusing on product design. He works creating special effects and as an artistic director. The two collaborated on the film The Breath (Nefes) directed by Levent Semerci, in 2009. They made their directorial debut in 2016 with the feature drama Rauf.
Thierry Demaizière & Alban Teurlai / Co-directors

Thierry Demaizière studied Literature at the University of Sorbonne and received a General Academic Studies Degree in media and communication. In 1981, he was a full-time member of the team that organized the Avignon Festival. From 1985 to 1997, he followed a career as a foreign correspondent with RTL. Then, until 2010, he presented DzTransparencedz on RTL Radio, a daily morning interview with a newsworthy individual. Thierry also worked as a show director and journalist on french television channels such as Canal + and TF1.

Alban Teurlai was born in 1977. In 1997, after a short period of studying cinema at t...
With the success of its new section CROSSROADS the Panorama is inviting the main protagonist of documentary Rough Stage by Toomas Järvet*, Maher Shawamreh, for a 10 day residency in association with the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, CCDC.

During his stay in Cairo Maher will develop a short performance with the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center’s new generation of dancers. The collaboration in the form of a workshop, will take place from Nov. 2nd until Nov. 9th under the CCDC’s full-time program curriculum. Maher along with the CCDC students / dancers will be visiting different locations, observing the surroundings and listening to stories. The actions will be documented by...
Toomas Järvet / Director

Born in Tallinn (Estonia), Toomas Järvet studied law and cultural theory and holds a MA in Visual Anthropology. He attended courses at the IDFA Academy in 2011 and at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2013. His first short documentary Over and Out was in competition at the Visions du Reel Festival (2012) and several other festivals. Rough Stage is his first feature documentary which had it's world premiere in the First Appearance Competition, IDFA (2015).

Maher Shawamreh
Maher Shawamreh who will also participate in a dance residency at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center. For more information about Maher and the proj...
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Gerd Schneider / Director

Born in Germany, in 1974, Gerd Schneider first studied roman-catholic theology at the universities of Bonn and Vienna and was about to take the cloth. After his final degree he changed his mind and started his studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He directed several short films and documentaries like The Lords Operator, At The End Of Days, Door By Door, Film-Flam, and others. His documentary The Edge Of Hope was awarded at festivals in Sarajevo, New York, Vannes and others. The Culpable is Schneider’s feature debut and has won numerous awards in international festivals, including the German Film Critics Award f...
George Amponsah / Director
Dionne Walker / Producer
Kurtis Henville & Marcus Knox-Hooke / Protagonists


George Amponsah is a critically-acclaimed director who has made numerous documentaries, including features such as The Fighting Spirit (2008) and The Importance of Being Elegant (2004). While George works on developing new feature films, he continued to work as a tutor with young people, using digital video as a tool to express views from outside the mainstream. The Hard Stop is his most recent feature length documentary.

Dionne Walker is a filmmaker and urbanist. Over the last 18 years, she has been curating and produ...
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Grégoire Verbeke / 1st Assistant Director | Director


Born in 1987, Grégoire Verbeke is a photographer and filmmaker. He holds a master in Classical Philology. Specialised in Ancient Greek and Latin, his final thesis was about the Bactria Region (Afghanistan) in Ancient Greek Literature. His fascination for this country, led to his meeting with Pieter-Jan De Pue and since 2013, he has been working with him as a 1st Assistant Director, in both Afghanistan and Belgium. In parallel of their last collaboration, Grégoire directed The Last Omelette, the making of Pieter-Jan De Pue's film The Land of The Enlightened (2016).


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