Arab Israeli actress and director Hiam Abbass leads an international career that has seen her filming alongside a range of directors, including both French (Cédric Klapish, Patrice Chéreau, Nicolas Saada), American (Steven Spielberg, Julian Schnabel) and British (Ridley Scott, Peter Kosminsky). She is also to be found working alongside Israeli (Amos Gitai) and Palestinian directors (Hany Abu-Assad). In 2012, after making two short films, she director her first feature film: Inheritance. That same year, she was on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival alongside Nanni Moretti.
Considered to be one of the most important composers for US cinema of recent years, Cliff Martinez first became known as a member of the rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers and was drummer on their first two albums. Since leaving the group in 1986, he has composed for Steven Soderbergh (for whom he has penned the original music for every film), Robert Redford, James Cox and French directors Xavier Giannoli and Nicolas Saada. His recent work for Nicolas Winding Refn’s films Drive and Only God Forgives has brought him renewed success.
Journalist, Sylvain Estibal works for Agence France Presse (AFP). He has covered a number of areas, mainly in Latin America where he was born. As a writer inspired by the desert, his novel Le Dernier Vol de Lancaster was adapted for film by Karim Dridi in 2009, starring leading actress and actor Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. When Pigs Have Wings, his first directing role, won him the César award for Best Debut in 2012.