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.
Two-time Oscar®-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning French film composer. He has composed for films such as GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING, BIRTH, and SYRIANA. He won the Best Film Score of the Year for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON at the World Soundtrack Academy Awards in 2009. In 2005 he won a Silver Bear for the Best Score for his composition for DE BATTRE MON COEUR S’EST ARRÊTÉ. His recent scores include CHERIE, COCO AVANT CHANEL, FANTASTIC MR.FOX and THE THREE OF LIFE, LARGO WINCH, and THE GHOST WRITER was screened in competition at the Berlinale in 2010.