The writing & direction
CHARLOTTE MCGOWAN-GRIFFIN studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London and 16mm filmmaking at AFECT (founding patron Mike Leigh). She has participated in international fellowships, group & solo exhibitions with her installations and two dimensional works, and was the recipient of a UNESCO-Aschberg fellowship in 2003 and a Pollock-Krasner Award in 2011. FOLIE CIRCULAIRE, which she is currently developing into a longer-duration piece, is her professional short film debut. She is also developing a dramatic feature project set in India, which she is co-writing with Iranian scriptwriter Naghmeh Samini ("Mainline", "Polaris", "Shahrzad").
Photo: Patricia Sevilla Ciordia
Born in Versailles, ANNE TISMER trained as actress and classical dancer. She has received the prestigious "Actress of the Year" award from Theater Heute magazine, the German Theatre Critics' prize, the 3SAT Innovation prize and was the first foreign artist to receive the Belgian " Prix Spécial de la Critique Théâtre et Danse", in 2009. She has been a part of Constanza Macras' group Dorky Park and a collaborator of artist John Bock. In 2006 was a co-founder of Berlin performance venue Ballhaus Ost. Since 2010 she works as a performance artist in Togo, in colaboration with Joel Ajavon and David Ganda and, since 2016, as a member of the Toganese hip hop group New Star Dance Company.
Photo: Sebastian Hartz www.sebastianhartz.com
ALEXANDRA STEWART is a Canadian actress with a long career in France and internationally; in essay film, experimental, short and feature film. She has played in over 150 movies, working with such important directors as Arthur Penn, Louis Malle, François Truffaut, John Huston and Roman Polanski. During the shooting of Otto Preminger's Exodus in Israel she met the artist-filmmaker Chris Marker who was shooting his film Description d'un combat, a documentary about Israël's creation. Thanks to this chance meeting a long friendship was born. Marker asked the actress to do all the English-language commentaries of some of his most important films, including Sans Soleil. This important collaboration has given the actress a lasting taste for playing with her voice. Always curious, she still enjoys participating in new artistic and filmic experiences.
COLLEEN is the alias of French musician CÉCILE SCHOTT, who over the course of five albums on The Leaf Label, Second Language and Thrill Jockey, has consistently reinvented herself by taking acoustic instruments out of their usual context and pushing the boundaries of their playability, with compositions ranging from the mysterious and contemplative to kinetic and playful.
Her music has been used in countless films, documentaries, art projects, dance shows and other media, and she has played live all over Europe, the US, Japan, Brazil and Singapore, giving more than 200 concerts in prestigious venues and festivals over the course of the past 14 years.
US-born cinematographer LEAH STRIKER had a background in Mathematics and Photography before she attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at the renowned American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. Since graduating in 2005, she has shot a wide range of feature films for cinema and television in Europe and the rest of the world. Some of these include ‘Ete SIlencieux’ (dir: Nana Neul); ‘Wolfskinder' (dir: Rick Ostermann), which featured at the Venice Film festival; and ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ (director:Oliver Schmitz) which featured at the Berlinale.
Professional stylist and set designer CHRISTIAN KLEEMANN discovered his profession making narrative compositions for Li Edlekoordt’s floral magazine »Bloom«, and since then has worked for editorial clients such as L'Officiel and Vogue, and for brands such as Jil Sander, YSL and Givenchy. He has also worked as a theatre set designer. FOLIE CIRCULAIRE is his debut in film set & costume design. He is convinced ideas matter more than means, and he is one of the very few capable of mastering the extremely subtle association of style and the arrangement of inanimate elements. He also never stops antique-hunting, digging out treasures, unearthing objects and discussing their history, which made him an ideal partner for helping create the world of FOLIE CIRCULAIRE.
CAROLINA HELLSGÅRD is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. She studied experimental media design at the Berlin University of Arts and film directing and screenwriting at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.Her critically acclaimed debut feature film WANJA premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and was nominated for Berlinale Best First Feature Award. It won Best Screenplay (Valletta FF) and
Best Feature Film Debut at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele. It was theatrically released in Germany in the summer of 2016.
Hellsgård's award winning films have screened in numerous international film festivals including Berlinale, Montreal WFF, Mostra Sao Paulo, Gothenburg IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Filmes de Femmes
and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. She is a current recipient of the Dorothea Erxleben Fellowship and a guest professor at the
Braunschweig University of Art (HBK).