Mercedes Álvarez shot her first full-length film, The Sky Turns (2005), in her home town of Aldealseñor (Soria), for which she has won various international awards, such as the Tiger Awardat the Rotterdam Festival; First Prize at the Cinéma Du Réel in Paris; or the Fipresci from the International Critics at BAFICI as well as the Jury Prize, the Public Prize and Best Film Award at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival. In Spain, she has won the Best New Film and the Best Editing Awards from the Circle of Film Writers; Best New Director and Best Documentary Director from the Assembly of Spanish Film Directors (ADIRCE); and the Radio Nacional de España Film Critics Ojo Award. The film has been distributed in France, Portugal, Holland, Latin America and the USA and has been screened in over 30 countries. Her second full-length film,Futures Market (2011), won the Miradas Nuevas Award at the Vissions du Reel Festival (Nyon, Switzerland); Special Mention by the Jury at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Nantes Festival; and the Luis Buñuel Gold Navaja from TVE. In 2013, she was chosen along with the French artist, Francesç Torres, to participate in the Venice Biennial, in the Catalonia Pavilion.
Marie-Pierre Duhamel is a graduate in Chinese and Film Studies from universities in Paris, and having spent years devoted to the selection and distribution of documentaries on the French non-commercial cultural network, she worked as a production director for La Sept / Arte, before joining Pathé as a producer. As an independent curator, she was the programmer at the Locarno Film Festival and she was also a member of the selection committee at the Venice IFF Film Festival (2005-2014). She directed the Cinéma du Réel Festival between 2004 and 2008, where she curated competitive sections, as well as retrospectives (Spanish non-fiction, Omar Amiralay, Alexander Kluge, Romuald Karmakar, Lav Diaz and Jim McBride, among others). She is currently working as a curator in retrospectives, themed workshops and tributes (Night has Many Eyes, in 2014; Tribute to Amit Dutta, in 2015) and writes for various film publications in France and abroad, whilst continuing to work as a film translator and subtitler for documentary and fiction films. She is also a lecturer at several film and art schools in France and in other countries, including the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Marie-Pierre Duhamel is a member of the film art and books committee at the French National Arts Centre.
lfredo Sanzol (Madrid-Pamplona 1972) is a playwright and theatre director. His plays are characterised by the use of humour to raise the problems of his personal and social biography. His best known works include Yes, but I am not (2008), Laughter and Destruction (2007), Wonderful Days (2010), Delicate Women (2010), On the Moon (2011), Adventure (2012) and The Magic Calm (2014). He has directed and adapted classics, such as Oedipus the King (2015) by Sophocles, Waiting for Godot (2013) by Samuel Beckett, The Importance of Being Earnest (2012) by Oscar Wilde or The Head of the Baptist (2009) by Valle Inclán. He has premiered at the National Drama Centre, Abadía Theatre, La Sala Cuarta Pared, the Grec Festival, Gayarre Theatre and Lliure Theatre. In 2014, he created the Theatre of the City along with Miguel del Arco and Andrés Lima.