After studying cinema (camera and directing) at the INSAS (Brussels) and Louis Lumières (Paris), he becomes a director for children’s theatre, focusing on clown shows.
He then goes on to direct his first feature Toto le héros in 1991, winning the Camera d’Or at Cannes film Festival.
A great figure of Belgian cinema with André Delvaux and the Dardenne Brothers, Jaco Van Dormael explores in his films the power of imagination and that part of our forgotten childhood through gloomy and tragic daily life.
He also directed The Huitième jour et Mr Nobody.
Yousry Nasrallah studied at the film Institute in Cairo. He started as AD to Youssef Chahine and is the co-screenwriter of Adieu Bonarparte (1984) and Alexandrie, encore et toujours (1990).
He directs his first feature film Vols d’été, winning several awards in festivals and selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 1987.
He is the author of a very moving documentary on the Egyptian youth About boys and girls and the veil (1995).
His film Al Medina, shot in 1999, is awarded the Audience award at the African film festival of Milan. He has also directed Mercedes, La porte du Soleil, L’Aquarium and Les femmes du Caire.