Manuel Abramovich is a filmmaker, artist, and director of photography, whose work explores the performativity of the everyday. He graduated as Director of Photography at ENERC and is a Berlinale Talents and IDFA Summer School alumnus. His films have been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, Venice, Tribeca, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Viennale, IDFA, San Sebastián, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinéma du Réel, and BAFICI, receiving numerous awards. His short film debut The Queen (2013) won over 50 international awards, while his latest Blue Boy won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Shorts Competition in 2019.
In recent years, Abramovich has been a lecturer and mentor at institutions such as Princeton University, Werkleitz Center, Berlinale Talents, UnionDocs, Tres Puertos Cine, IDFA, and EICTV Cuba. He is currently editing his fourth feature film Pornomelancholia, while developing two new projects: Cowboy Love and The Pain. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee.
Daniela Currò works at the intersection of the preservation and presentation of moving images, also promoting education and research on them, most recently as Director of the Italian National Film Archive, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, Italy. Previously she has worked for Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Haghefilm Laboratories in Amsterdam and George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. She has collaborated with artists such as Tacita Dean and William Kentridge and has worked with fiction as well as documentary films, restoring the work of great masters and forgotten filmmakers.
Currò has presented films at Cinémathèque française in Paris, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam and Directors Guild of America in New York City, among others. Films restored under her supervision have been screened at festivals including Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Rotterdam. Under her leadership, CSC received the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film in 2018.
Gladys Joujou is a Paris-based free-lance film editor of Lebanese origin. She has been working both on feature films and documentaries selected and awarded at films festivals around the world. Her work on fiction films spans large-scale Hollywood productions such as Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004) to independent films including Philippe Van Leeuw’s Insyriated (2017).
Joujou’s work on documentary films includes Raed Andoni’s Ghost Hunting (2017), Suhaib Gasmelbari’s Talking about Trees (2019), Sameh Zoabi’s Family Albums (2012, Nadine Naous’s Chacun sa Palestine (2007), Mohamed Siam’s Whose Country? (2016), Rami Farah’s A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy (2019), Hamed Zolfaghari’s Women of the Sun: A Chronology of Seeing (2020), and Lina Soualem’s Their Algeria (2020). Currently, she is working on Iraq’s Invisible Beauty by director Sahim Omar Khalifa, As I Want by Samaher Elqadi and On Screen, Off Record by director Rami Farah. Since 2019 she is a tutor at IDFAcademy Summer School.