New-Zealand-born writer and director, who ranks among the most prominent international arthouse filmmakers. Her films include AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, THE PIANO and BRIGHT STAR. Her work has received awards in Cannes, Venice, and at the Oscars®. Her TV series TOP OF THE LAKE was screened in the Berlinale Special 2013.
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.