Caroline Vié, Journalist and Author
Caroline Vié is the author of “Brioche” (JC Lattès, 2012). A film journalist, she has long participated in the Canal + program, “Le Cercle,” and currently works for the daily newspaper 20 minutes. “Dépendance Day” is her second novel.
Fabrice O Joubert, director and producer
Fabrice O, Joubert is a French film director and producer best known for his computer-animated short film, French Roast (2008), for which he received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Joubert was born in France and grew up in Paris where he graduated from the Gobelins Animation School after majoring in film studies at the Sorbonne University. He started his career in Los Angeles, hired by DreamWorks Animation in 1998 to work as an animator on their first 2D animated feature The Prince of Egypt, and honed his skills in traditional and cg animation on their next five movies “
In 2007, he settled in Paris to write and direct his first short animated film French Roast. The film was screened throughout the world and won multiple awards before being nominated for an Oscar in 2010. In 2013, he moved back to Los Angeles to work for Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing …). There, he directed a series of short films and commercials.
In 2019, Fabrice wrote, directed and produced his first live action short film “Safety”.
Xavier Gens, director, screenwriter and producer
Xavier Gens is a French director, screenwriter and producer, born on April 27, 1975 in Dunkirk, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
He shoots about forty video-clips and directs in 2002 the clip of the hit of the L5, Toutes les femmes de ta vie. Then in 2003, he directed the two clips of Funkbuster, played by Zack, who interprets Fresh, a cover of the famous group Kool and the gang and Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, by Michael Jackson.
He directed a short film entitled Au petit matin, with Estelle Lefébure, who also played in his horrific feature film. His first film, Frontier(s), was produced by Luc Besson. A great fan of video games, Xavier Gens dreams of directing the film adaptation of Hitman. Producers Charles Gordon, Adrian Askarieh and co-producer Daniel Alter bought the rights from Twentieth Century Fox to adapt Hitman for the big screen.
Interested in the project, Luc Besson manages to convince the three producers to trust the young filmmaker. Xavier Gens’ dream became a reality. Hitman was released in the United States where it earned 39 million dollars in a few weeks. Released in France on December 26, 2007, it earned nearly 885,000 tickets.
Frontier(s), although shot before Hitman, was released after it, on January 23, 2008. The film was sold in the United States (where it was the first NC 17 film to be released in its original cut), Mexico (La frontera del Miedo), Japan and many other countries, including Italy, where it made over 600,000 euros in revenue. The film cost less than one and a half million euros, so it is quickly profitable internationally.
In 2010, the director shot The Divide, a German-Canadian-American production released in 2012.
Nicolas Alberny, director, screenwriter and composer
Nicolas Alberny is a French director, screenwriter and composer born in 1977, from Saint-Cyprien. He studied cinema in Montpellier.