Jury Melies 2019

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Patrick Duynslaegher

Born in 1953 in Ghent. Was Knack Focus’s film editor from 1972 to 2000 and Knack Focus’s editor-in-chief from 2000 to 2011. From 2011 to 2018: artistic director of Film Fest Gent. From 2019 consultant Film Fest Gent and curator of the Classics program. He has published in many foreign magazines (Variety, Sight and Sound, Films Illustrated, Vrij Nederland, De Filmkrant, Man, Filmfan) and was for years Belgian correspondent of the International Film Guide yearbook. He is the author of four film books: Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf: een film belicht (co-written with Johan Anthierens), 1000 Films – Knacks Filmencyclopedie, Blik op Zeven – Flashback op 100 jaar film, and Martin Scorsese.

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Berangere Mcneese

Bérangère McNeese is a Belgian and American actress and director. She has recently made features such as Alain Tasma’s LE VIOL (France 3), Cecilia Rouaud’s PHOTO DE FAMILLE, and the series LIKE MOI (France Télévisions) and LE ROI DE LA VANNE (Canal+), among others. She wrote, directed and produced the short films LE SOMMEIL DES AMAZONES (Critics’ Prize and Women’s Performance Prize at BSFF 2015, Critics’ Prize at BRFF), and LES CORPS PURS (Palm Springs, Critics’ Prize at the Festival du Film Policier de Liège, Prix de la Mise en Scène au Court en Dit Long 2018, Prix Arte and Prix RTBF at FIFF 2018). MATRIOCHKAS, her third short film, is in post-production. She will soon feature in Christian Neuman’s SKINWALKER, Antoine Giorgini’s AIR COMPRIMÉ and Viktor Milletic’s NIQUE VERLAINE, as well as in the upcoming season of UNITÉ 42 on RTBF.


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Sophie Pendeville

Sophie Pendeville studies for business engineer in Mons. That doesn’t really suit her temperament, so she switches to infography studies in Hornu, and advertising in Mons. After participating to Miss Belgium in 2005, she answers a first casting call for RTL, which she royally screws up. But a couple of years later, RTL calls her back for a new audition… and bingo! She has becomes one of the best know faces and voices of the channel, even cheating on her employer once in a while with the show Départ Immédiat on the French channel 6ter.

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Guillaume Schuermans

Guillaume Schuermans has been working in production since 2013. Alongside Benoit Roland and Nabil Ben Yadir, he is production coordinator for two Brussels companies: Wrong Men (PRÉJUDICE by Antoine Cuypers, PARASOL by Valéry Rosier, THE HOLE IN THE GROUND by Lee Cronin) and 10.80 Films (PATSER by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah). He has two things to be proud of in life: seeing THE EXORCIST at 13 without being afraid, and never losing at Jenga (one of these statements is false, however). He is a big fan of the BIFFF (he was already having fun throwing toilet paper rolls at the Fantastic Night at Passage 44 in the leap years), of horror/fantastic cinema, and of Korean thrillers, so his selection as a member of the Méliès jury is a real consecration. He is already delighted to hear the spectators shout “Bonjour Jury!” as he takes his place in his reserved seat.