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.
Director, screenwriter, film composer, and producer Tom Tykwer achieved his international breakthrough with RUN LOLA RUN in 1998. His first film in English, HEAVEN (2002), was followed by PERFUME (2006) and THE INTERNATIONAL (2009). After THREE (2010), which won him the German Film Award for Best Director, came CLOUD ATLAS (2012), a collaboration with the Wachowskis. He then made A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING (2016) and the acclaimed series BABYLON BERLIN together with Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten.