André Téchiné was born in Valence d’Agen, France, in 1943. He wrote for the Cahiers du Cinéma magazine between 1964 and 1967 and then became assistant director to Jacques Rivette. He first began working as a stage director in Paris before turning to screenwriting and film directing in the early 1970s. His greatest successes include MY FAVOURITE SEASON and the multi-award-winning drama WILD REEDS. BEING 17 featured in the Berlinale Competition in 2016, while FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT is showing there in 2019.
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.