Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Successful Screenwriting

09.02.2014 - Peter Cowie, Tony Grisoni, Claudia Llosa, Răzvan Rădulescu

    Golden Bear-winning filmmaker Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow and Aloft) and renowned screenwriters Răzvan Rădulescu (Child‘s Pose, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and Tony Grisoni (Southcliffe, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) will discuss developing stories centered on strong female characters in crisis, the social, cultural and sometimes political implications of these roles, how they discovered their unique writing approach, and their process of building compelling stories that became successful films.


    Peter Cowie

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    A film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years, and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.

    Tony Grisoni

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    British screenwriter. QUEEN OF HEARTS (1989), was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a number of directors including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman and Terry Gilliam on films such as IN THIS WORLD and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Grisoni has also written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated KINGSLAND #1 THE DREAMER, and the award winning THE PIZZA MIRACLE. He recently wrote the acclaimed TV miniseries SOUTHCLIFFE, which received a special screening at the Toronto Film Festival 2013.

    Claudia Llosa

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    Peruvian filmmaker, who began her career in advertising before starting her own production company. Her first feature MADEINUSA was released in 2006. Three years later, the WCF-funded film THE MILK OF SORROW was a selection in the Berlinale Competition and went on to win the Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI Award. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2012, her short film LOXORO was a selection in the Berlinale Shorts programme and won the Teddy Award. Her English-language film debut ALOFT screened in Competition in 2014 and as a Sundance Spotlight 2015. Claudia is a member of this year's Berlinale International Jury.

    Răzvan Rădulescu

    Romanian scriptwriter. novelist and director. After several successful novels he wrote screenplays for Cristi Puiu (STUFF AND DOUGH and THE DEATH OF MR LĂZĂRESCU) and Radu Muntean (THE PAPER WILL BE BLUE, BOOGIE and TUESDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS) and was the script advisor for 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS by Cristian Mungiu and for THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU (2011) by Andrei Ujica. He co-wrote and co-directed FIRST OF ALL FELICIA together with Melissa de Raaf in 2009. Between 2005 and 2012, he was a frequent guest teacher at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe and at the ESAV Marrakech.