Beto Brant

Born in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1964. He graduated in cinema from the FAAP and began his career directing music videos for bands like Titãs. He directed short films such as “Aurora” (1987), “Dov’è Meneghetti?” (1989, 14th Mostra) and “Jó” (1993, 17th Mostra), before releasing his first feature, “Belly Up” (1997). He also directed “Friendly Fire” (1998, 22nd Mostra), “The Trespasser”(2002), awarded at Sundance and Havana film festivals, “Delicate Crime” (2005, 29th Mostra), awarded at the Lima Film Festival, “Stray Dog” (2007), “Love According to B. Schianberg” (2010, 33rd Mostra), “I’d Receive the Worst News from Your Beautiful Lips” (2011, 35th Mostra), “Pitanga” (2016), winner of Critics Prize for best Brazilian feature at 40th Mostra, and “La Planta” (2020, 44th Mostra). In 2019, Brant made part of the jury of the 43rd Mostra.

Guilherme Coelho

Born in Rio de Janeiro. After studying journalism, theater and graduating in economics, Coelho founded Matizar Filmes. His documentaries Fala Tu, Living Rap in Rio (2003, 27th Mostra), Fernando Lemos - Through the Image (2005, 30th Mostra), Pqd - Brazilian Paratroopers (2007, 31st Mostra) and A Sunday with Frederico Morais (2011, 35th Mostra) were screened at many festivals around the world, such as Berlin, Cinéma du Réel, Rio Festival and São Paulo International Film Festival. He produced Jogo de Cena and Moscow, by documentary filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho.

In 2015, Coelho participated in Belinale Talent Campus and, in that same year, directed his first fictional film, Orphans of Eldorado (2014, 39th Mostra). Written and directed by him, the film was presented at many festivals. In 2017, he participated in the Talents Program in Buenos Aires. He is currently working on his second feature script, Neuros, selected to Paris Co-Production Village and Script Circle, Berlin. In addition, he just finished the documentary Lights On, presented at the 44th Mostra.

Tsai Ming-Liang

Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming Liang moved to Taiwan in 1977. He is one of the most prominent film directors of Taiwan’s new cinema movement. He directed films such as Vive l’Amour (1994), Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival; The River (1997, 21st Mostra), Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; The Hole (1998), Critics’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; What Time is it There? (2001, 26th Mostra); The Skywalk Is Gone (2002, 27th Mostra); Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, 27th Mostra), The Wayward Cloud (2004) and Stray Dogs (2013), Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and Days (2020, 44th Mostra). He has also directed Aquarium, a segment of the feature Welcome to São Paulo (2004), produced by Mostra. He has also directed the feature Face (2009), on invitation of the Louvre Museum.

Ai Weiwei

Born in Beijing, China, in 1957. Political dissident and one of the most important contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei also acts as filmmaker, photographer and architect. Son of Ai Qing, one of the most successful poets in China, he grew up in exile in his own country. When he was young, Ai Weiwei went to the USA and entered Parsons School of Design in New York, but most of his learning came from experiences with local artists and intellectuals. Back to China, he produced some of his most important works, like the destruction of an ancient urn dated from the Hun dynasty and the widely known series of images called Study of Perspective. He directed documentaries such as Disturbing the Peace (2009), So Sorry (2012) and Ordos 100 (2012). In 2017, at the 41st Mostra, Ai Weiwei signed the concept art to the edition’s poster, presented the documentary Human Flow and was honored with the Humanity Award. At the 44th Mostra, he exhibits Coronation and Vivos.

Jafar Panahi

Born in Minaeh, Iran, in 1960. He studied film and TV directing in Tehran. Most important Iranian filmmaker in activity, he was Abbas Kiarostami’s assistant director in Under the Olive Trees, winner of the Critic’s Prize at the 18th Mostra). The White Balloon (1995, 19th Mostra), his first feature film as a director, was awarded with the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival. He has also directed titles such as The Mirror (1997, 22nd Mostra, in which he was also member of the International Jury), winner of Locarno Film Festival, The Circle (2000, 24th Mostra), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Crimson Gold (2003, 28th Mostra), winner of Un Certain Regard Jury Award, and Offside (2006, 30th Mostra), winner of Silver Bear at Berlinale. In 2010, he was charged with six years in prison and was forbidden to film or leave Iran for two decades under the accusation of doing advertising against the Iranian government. One year later, Panahi directed This Is Not a Film (2011), shown at the 35th Mostra and awarded with the Silver Bear for best screenplay at the Berlinale. He also signed the direction of Closed Curtain (2013, 37th Mostra), best screenplay at Berlin, Taxi Tehran (2015), best film at Berlinale and 3 Faces (2018, 42nd Mostra), best screenplay at Cannes. The filmmaker was honored with the Humanity Award at 42nd Mostra, in 2018.