Simon J. Berger

Born: June 1, 1979 in Sweden


The DEF opening ceremony in Prague´s Světozor cinema on April 11 will be attended by an actor in one of the festival’s main films Call Girl: Simon J. Berger.

Simon J. Berger is Swedish theatre and film actor who is best known for the role of the son of an affluent family in the mini-series “How Soon Is Now?” (dir. Mikael Marcimain). He played the main role in the short film Instead of Abracadabra, which was nominated for the Oscar and from Brussels Short Film Festival he took the prize Prix d'Interpretation Masculine (best actor). In the past year he also played a gay character in the award-winning mini-series “Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves”. In this time he appears in two upcoming films Hotell from Lisa Langseth and in movie from Maximilian Hult Hemma.


Valene Kane

Born: January 30, 1987 in Northern Ireland


Valene Kane played the role of Dara in the film Jump, which she will personally present at the Světozor cinema on Monday 15 April.

Valene Kane is an actress from Newry, Northern Ireland, known for playing the lead role in The Fading Light, winner of Best Irish Film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2010. Valene trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. A former pupil of Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry. Kane also attended the Annmarie Morgan School of Dance. She was part of the National Youth Theatre and starred in their production of 20 Cigarettes.

Kane was cast in The Fading Light after being spotted on YouTube by the director Ivan Kavanagh, and was chosen partly for her successful experience of improvisation in the short film, July. More recently, she has played Rose Stagg in the BBC's TV series The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson; and Dara in the comic Irish thriller Jump opposite Charlene McKenna and Nichola Burley. Kane also starred in the horror film War Games: At the End of the Day directed by Cosimo Alema, which premiered in Rome July 2011; and in Still Early, a short film directed by Ger Leonard, opposite Ben Peel (Hunger), which premiered at the Galway Film Festival.

In April 2013, Kane plays the title role in Strindberg's Miss Julie at the newly founded Reading Rep. Other lead roles have included: Nance, in the Finborough Theatre's production of Autumn Fire; 'The Love' in Punchdrunk's production The Black Diamond which sold out "in mere minutes" and Lady Lydia Languish in The Rivals. She also played Girleen in Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West in which one reviewer said "Valene Kane gives Girleen a schoolgirl reality, her confident swagger and challenge covering the only genuine feelings for anyone else that the play possesses".


Juraj Krasnohorský

Born in 1980 in Bratislava


The Slovak film director of Tigers in the City, he studied and worked as a director and screenwriter in Switzerland, Spain and France. In Paris, he lead classes in film acting at the prestigious school Cours Florent. He is actively cooperating with the French screenwriter and director André Bonzel on the film Heaven for the Devil and with the Israeli director Amos Gitai on the film Haviva.

Juraj Krasnohorský introduces a screening of his film Tigers in the City on Thursday 18 April at 16.30 at the Lucerna cinema and will take part in the Days of European Film closing ceremony.


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