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SRDJAN DRAGOJEVIC
KATJA RIEMANN
ASSUMPTA SERNA
SIEGFRIED
VESSELA KAZAKOVA
SRDJAN DRAGOJEVIC
Serbian director and poet Srdjan Dragojecic was born in Belgrade in 1963. He has degrees in clinical psychology (1987) and TV directing (1992), and has published three books of poems. In 1991 he made a TV series based on a Charles Bukowski story. His feature debut We're No Angels was Yugoslavia's highest-earning boxoffice success of 1992. The release in 1996 of Pretty Village, Pretty Flame - at the time of the peak of ethnic warfare in Former Yugoslavia, caused a cult following in all parts of the world where it was given a chance to be screened to an audience. In spite of censorship and an information vacuum Wounds reached a peak audience of 300 000 in less than three months and won Dragojevic a three-year contract with Miramax. His latest film We Are No Angels 2 is also a total winner in the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro.
KATJA RIEMANN
Katja Hanchen Leni Riemann was born on 1st November 1963 in Kirchwee, Germany. She started dancing, playing the piano, the flute and the guitar as early as her childhood years. Upon graduating secondary school, she attends a dance school in Hamburg; she quits, however, after the first term so as to become an actress. She starts working with the Westfalen Theatre and studying at the Music and Theatre University in Hannover. The first serious offer for a film part comes to Katja when she is a student. Her very first appearance on screen wins her the Adolf Grieme acting prize. Katja Riemann is the most popular actress in Germany; she has won all possible prizes in her country. Impressed by her extraordinary performance in Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, the Venice film festival jury awarded her with the Best Actress prize. Katja Riemann has worked with such glorious actors as Gerard Depardieu, Jeanne Moreau, Fani Ardant. She plays at the Munich Chamber Theatre and the Schiller Theatre in Berlin. She composes music and writes lyrics for songs as well as children's books. Her latest feature, Agnes and His Brothers will be presented at the 9th Sofia International Film Festival. Since 1999, Katja Riemann has been a UNICEF ambassador and has carried out active campaigns against girls' circumcision in Africa.
ASSUMPTA SERNA
A career that has spanned over 50 films, 5 plays and 27 television appearances has earned Assumpta Serna more than twenty best actress awards. She begins her recognition as the best actress of the year in Sweet Hours by Carlos Saura, and received international awards for her performance in Matador by Pedro Almodovar, and for her performance in the Spanish Oscar entry The Fencing Master by Pedro Olea. She starring in movies, shot in many European countries, and play successfully not only on Spanish language. In 1996, Assumpta Serna also successfully took up writing. "Screenacting" (1997), "Monologues in V.O." (2001) and "The Script and the Actor" (2004). She's President of an International film Foundation: FIRST TEAM. First Team's mission is to enable the pursuit of excellence by promoting teamwork, collaboration and the highest artistic, technical and ethical standards across the profession. She gives conferences and workshops with cofounder Scott Cleverdon for actors, scriptwriters and directors at universities, drama and film schools and international film festivals around Europe. She is an active member of the Academy in Hollywood and currently sits on the Board of the European Film Academy.
SIEGFRIED
Siegfried was born in France in 1973. A trained musician, he draws on a variety of twentieth-century music traditions in his compositions. He has directed several short films. His first feature, Louise (take 2) (98), was screened internationally. Sansa (03) is his second feature film.
VESSELA KAZAKOVA
Vessela Kazakova was born in Sofia. At the tender age of 4 (along with her twin sister Bilyana) she plays for the KAMBANA (Bell) Theatre Studio created by her mother Snezhina Tabakova. In 2000 she graduates from the actors class of professor Stefan Danailov at the Theatre Academy in Sofia and in 2002 takes her degree in Art Management at the World Economy University. She works in the theatre. Her debut in films is with the role of a strange dumb village girl Vessa in A Leaf in the Wind (2002, sc. and dir. Svetoslav Ovcharov). Her impressive presence on the screen is noticed immediately. Since then the young actress is never out of the string of films. In 2004 two film debuts were released. Vessela Kazakova plays the leads in both: Ina in Crazy Day (dir. Silvia Pesheva) and Mila in Mila from Mars (dir. Zornitsa Sophia). Her newest film is Stolen Eyes (dir. Radoslav Spassov).
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