Born in 1978, she studied French literature at Paris Nanterre University and then screenwriting at the film school La Fémis. Her debut feature film, WATER LILIES, premiered at Cannes in 2007; her second, TOMBOY, opened the 2011 Panorama and won the Teddy Award. GIRLHOOD screened in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs at Cannes and won numerous international awards. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, her fourth feature film for which she also wrote the screenplay, premiered in competition at Cannes and again won numerous prizes, including the European Film Award for Best European Screenwriter.
Anas Sareen is a Swiss screenwriter and dramatist based in Paris. Alongside preparing his first short film as a director, he is currently co-staging a theatre and dance piece with French artist Olivier de Sagazaan, due to be shown at the upcoming Venice Dance Biennale.