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.
Brazilian writer, director and producer. His 1998 film CENTRAL STATION won the Golden Bear in Berlin, while his following films BEHIND THE SUN and the Che Guevara diary adaptation THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES won several awards at Cannes and Venice. His latest fiction films LINHA DE PASSE and the Jack Kerouac adaptation ON THE ROAD both premiered at Cannes, after which he returned to his roots as a documentary filmmaker.
Born in Hanover, Germany in 1968, he studied acting at the Otto Falckenberg School of the Performing Arts in Munich and subsequently spent two years in the Munich Kammerspiele ensemble. He has appeared as an actor in films by Sönke Wortmann, Tom Tykwer, Romuald Karmakar and Anthony Minghella. His directing debut, GIGANTIC, for which, as in all his other directing work, he also wrote the screenplay, won the German Film Prize. This film, as well as his next two, A FRIEND OF MINE and SOMETIME IN AUGUST - his interpretation of Goethe's 'Elective Affinities' – all screened at the Berlinale.