Born in Fenyang, China in 1970, Jia Zhang-Ke graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature film, XIAO WU, screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1998. Since then, his films have regularly premiered at major European festivals. STILL LIFE won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006, and A TOUCH OF SIN received the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2013. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART and ASH IS PUREST WHITE featured in competition at Cannes in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
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.