MY SKINNY SISTER: SANNA LENKEN

Sanna Lenken talks about her film MY SKINNY SISTER, about eating disorders like anorexia and how they have an impact on the whole family and wanting to make a fiction film about it. She remembers how long they had to search to find the young actress Rebecka Josephson. And she talks about figure skating and how they invented a special construction for filming on ice.

THE INVISIBLE BOY: GABRIELE SALVATORES

Italian director Gabriele Salvatores talks about his film THE INVISIBLE BOY, that he wanted to make a film about a 13-year-old European superhero and how he wanted to be invisible as a teenager (particularly for the girls). Gabriele learned filmmaking by simply making films and he still enjoys working with amateurs.

Born in 1950 in Naples, Gabriele Salvatores graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts of the Piccolo Theatre in Milan. He was one of the founders, in 1972, of the Tetro dell’Elfo which within a few years became an important reference for a whole generation of young spectators. In 1986, together with Maurizio Totti and Diego Abatantuono, Gabriele founded Colorado Film Production and among his first films were MARRAKECH EXPRESS (1989), EFA-nominated TURNÉ (1990), and MEDITERRANEO (1991), Oscar winner for best foreign film. These were followed by numerous other films, including PUERTO ESCONDITO (1992), NIRVANA (1997), TEETH (2000), I’M NOT AFRAID (2003), EFA-nominated for its cinematography and winner of two Italian David di Donatello awards, and SIBERIAN EDUCATION (2013).

In 2010, Gabriele Salvatores was part of the jury of the 67th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Quentin Tarantino.

YOU'RE UGLY TOO: MARK NOONAN

Dublin-based director Mark Noonan talks about his film YOU'RE UGLY TOO, how he got the idea for the film, about his first short QUESTIONS and finding out that he likes the combination of tragedy and humour, and about working with the young actress Lauren Kinsella.

Mark Noonan is a writer/director working in drama and documentary. His first two short films QUESTIONS (2008) and GETTING AIR (2010) met with success at Irish and international festivals. A participant of the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus, Mark Noonan presented his debut feature YOU’RE UGLY TOO in the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Kplus Competition.