Joëlle Bertossa studied philosophy in the University of Geneva before attending the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS) in Belgium. After directing two documentary films and working for the first Palestinian Film Festival, she founded CloseUp Films in 2012 where she produces a wide range of projects including fiction, documentaries, TV series and web documentaries. Among her most high-profile films are I Am Not Your Negro for Haitian director Raoul Peck, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature in 2016, Philippe Garrel’s The Shadow of Women, which played the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and A Skin so Soft for non-fiction auteur Denis Côté. She received her first APSA nomination for Advocate in 2019. She has also represented Switzerland as part of the Producers on the Move event in Cannes.

Accolades

Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche and Paul Cadieux and Joëlle Bertossa
Best Documentary Film, 2019

Advocate

Best Documentary Film, 2019

Advocate

Lea Tsemel has defended political prisoners for nearly 50 years and defies convention at every turn. In particular, the human rights lawyer who is equal…

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Films

Advocate
2019

Advocate

Israel, Canada, Switzerland
2019

Advocate

Lea Tsemel has defended political prisoners for nearly 50 years and defies convention at every turn. In particular, the human rights lawyer who is equal…

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