Tahmineh Milani

Recipient of multiple prizes of prestigious international film festivals, including the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, the oldest in the region, and the Geneva and Cairo Film Festivals. Milani is one of the few well-known female filmmakers in Iran. Unlike many of her male colleagues, she continues to live and work in Tehran, regularly being criticized by the conservative circles of Iranian society. In 2001, while Milani was working on the film The Hidden Half, the authorities pronounced the picture anti-revolutionary, and she herself was put in jail. The director was released two weeks later thanks to a huge public response. In her films, which Milani started shooting in 1989, she openly talks about the inequality and oppression of women in Iranian society.

Jungmi Oh

Together with Tahmineh Milani, the contest programme of the 8th IFF On the Edge will be judged by the South Korean screenwriter Jungmi Oh. The most important work by Jungmi Oh today is Chang-dong Lee film Burning. Based on Haruki Murakami's Barn Burning short story, it became one of the main events of the Cannes Film Festival this year. Burning, the unofficial leader of the competitive programme, was pointedly ignored by the jury: the film received the award from critics — the FIPRESCI prize. Sakhalin residents will be able to see and appreciate the picture in the out-of-competition programme of the Festival.

Maria Shukshina

Russian actress and TV presenter, the eldest daughter of Vasily Shukshin and Lydia Fedoseyeva-Shukshina. She started her career in the movies when she was a child (one of her first episodic roles was in Happy Go Lucky film by Vasily Shukshin). In 2010 she received Nika Award from the Russian Film Academy for best female supporting role in the film by Sergey Snezhkin Bury Me Behind the Baseboard. For fifteen years she hosted Wait for Me TV-show on Channel One (1999-2014).

Aleksey German Jr.

Alexey German was repeatedly awarded at the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals. For example, at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival his movie Dovlatov was awarded for artistic contribution. This year, production designer Elena Okopnaya, the recipient of this award, will come to the On the Edge Festival together with Alexey.

Alexei Popogrebsky

Alexei Popogrebsky has participated in numerous prestigious international film festivals. This year he was on the jury of the main competition of Kinotavr, the main Russian film festival. Alexei made his first movie Roads to Koktebel (2003) together with Boris Khlebnikov, whose film Arrhythmia received the 2017 On the Edge Grand Prix. His film How I Ended This Summer (2010) received three awards at the Berlin Film Festival: Sergei Puskepalis and Grigoriy Dobrygin got the Best Actor award; cameraman Pavel Kostomarov received a prize for outstanding artistic achievements — such great impression this film made on Werner Herzog who presided the jury.