Asif Rustamov was born in 1975 in Baku (Azerbaijan) and studied at the private Economic University (1992-1995) and Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art…
After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Ryusuke Hamaguchi worked in the film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film program at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film, Passion, screened at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008 as well as in competition at Tokyo FILMeX. He has been constantly working on films since then, including Japan/Korea co-produced feature The Depths (2010) which screened in Tokyo FILMeX, and the series of documentaries ‘Tohoku Trilogy’ (Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers) co-directed by Ko Sakai (2011 – 2013). His Happy Hour premiered at Locarno Film Festival and won awards at numerous other film festivals. Asako I & II was selected for the competition at Cannes in 2018 and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2021. He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2020.
Takamasu Oe was born in 1981. After studying the theatrical art at the Kinki University, Oe directed and played in many theatre plays. He also wrote and directed several films including Utsukushii Sube (2009) and Tekisetsuna Kyori (2011, Grand Prize at CO2 Festival).
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