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Agnieszka Smoczyńska is a Polish film and television writer and director. 

Her debut feature film The Lure, a horror musical film, is a reworking of the 1837 fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen. It was released in US by the Criterion Collection in 2017. She called the film a "coming-of-age story", echoing her own youth. She recalled that her mother ran a nightclub, where she had her "first shot of vodka, first cigarette, first sexual disappointment and first important feeling for a boy." She also likened the mermaids to immigrants, abused by the sex industry, on their way to their real goal—America. She added they represent innocence, yet their odour and slime recalled girls maturing, "they menstruate, they ovulate, their bodies start smelling and feeling different.

Her next film, Fugue (2018), about a woman with amnesia, screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
@issitalopez is a Mexican film director, writer and producer. López has won several literary awards, including the National Novel Award granted by Mexico's Institute of Fine Arts and Literature. In addition to her literary work, she penned multiple TV shows, some of them reaching the highest audience ratings in Mexican prime-time TV, and wrote the scripts for several film features. In 2005, López was selected as one of the 50 Latino Impact Players in Entertainment, by Variety.

Tigers Are Not Afraid 2017 (Vuelven in Spanish) Premiered at Fantastic Fest, in Austin Texas, and received the Best Horror Director Award. Issa López directed, wrote, and was Executive Producer of the film, a dark fable about the children surviving the Mexican drug war, and the ghosts that haunt them. The film went on to collect fifty-one awards in film festivals around the world, three Diosas de Plata (the Mexican equivalent of the Golden Globes), including Best Picture and Best Director, and received 10 nominations for the Ariel, (the Mexican Film Academy Award), of which it won two. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro manifested their enthusiasm for the movie.

Currently, López is working with Guillermo del Toro on a haunted western about the werewolf mythology. Blumhouse is developing her next film, Our Lady of Tears.
Claire Denis is a French film director and writer. Denis initially studied economics, but, she has said, "It was completely suicidal. Everything pissed me off." 

Her feature film directorial debut Chocolat (1988), a semi-autobiographical meditation on African colonialism, won her critical acclaim. It was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and praised by critics and audiences as a remarkable first film.  Her feature film Beau Travail (1999) has been called one of the greatest films of the 1990s.[2][3] Other acclaimed works include Trouble Every Day (2001), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009) and High Life (2018).

The science fiction horror film High Life was her English-language debut, and written by Denis and her long-time collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau. Starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, the film focuses on a group of criminals who are sent on a mission to travel on a spaceship toward a black hole while taking part in scientific experiments. The physicist and black-hole expert Aurélien Barrau was hired as a consultant, and the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson designed the film's spacecraft. The film has received immense critical acclaim, being called "extraordinary, difficult, hypnotic, and repulsive" (Variety), “ and “a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse." (IndieWire)

Denis has been a member of multiple film festival boards, starting with the Venice Film Festival board in 2005. In 2019, she was the president of the board of the Cinéfondation and short films at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2020, she was the president of the board of the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival.
@natalieejames is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer.

Her debut feature, @relicmovie premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Writer’s Guild Awards. Justin Chang, speaking on Fresh Air, said: "There are no shocking twists or contrivances in store in Relic, and not a lot of gore, either. James excels at mining dread and tension from ordinary conversation, and she uses thriller conventions to get at something simple but shattering: the horror of watching a parent slowly deteriorate."

Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk horror. Drum Wave was one of 14 projects selected for the project market at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and won the Best Co-Production prize. Her 2018 proof-of-concept short for DRUM WAVE was nominated for Best Australian Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and premiered internationally at Fantastic Fest. 

She will also direct Apartment 7A for Paramount Players, produced by John Krasinski, Allyson Seeger, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.natalieejames
Julia Ducournau is a French director and screenwriter. According to Ducournau, her "flesh fascination stems from her childhood" since both her parents are doctors. The way in which her parents spoke about the human body growing up informed her artistic expression within her films. 

Her first short film, Junior (2011), is about a girl who “after contracting a stomach bug” began to “shed her skin” like a snake. Junior won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 

Her first feature film Raw had been developed through the TorinoFilmLab Framework programme in 2013. Raw was screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2016, Raw won the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the London Film Festival. Per David Fear of the Rolling Stones, Raw is a contender for the "best horror movie of the decade."

She made history with her 2nd film Titaine (2021) when she won the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Fest. She's the 2nd woman to win after the 1993 fest when Jane Campion shared honors in a tie between her The Piano and Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine. Titane was then bought by Neon.
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@msannabiller is a director, producer, writer, editor, and even costume designer. She is known for her unique, female-focused, and highly visual films. She made her first short film, Three Examples of Myself as Queen, while studying at CalArts. In the film, Biller plays Pointsettia, a teenager who turns into a princess and has the power to transform men into dogs.

Her first feature Viva played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature The Love Witch won acclaim for its elaborate visual style and feminist themes, and has screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. Reason magazine called Viva an "uncannily precise rendition of the look, sound, mood, and arch dialogue" of seventies sexploitation films, with "high-key, pseudo-Technicolor lighting and spare, colorful set design."

Biller's second feature film, The Love Witch, is a twist on classic serial killer films, featuring a woman who kills through calculated sexuality and "love magic", causing her male victims to fall too much in love. Richard Brody of The New Yorker said of The Love Witch, "Biller puts genre to the test of do-it-yourself artistry, and puts feminist ideology itself to the test of style. The film pulsates with furious creative energy throughout, sparking excitement and giddy amazement that it even exists." The Love Witch was acquired for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories, and was included in many lists for the best films of 2016, including those of The New Yorker and IndieWire. It won in a tie for the Trailblazer Award and Best Costume Design at the Chicago Indie Critics Awards, and also won the Michael Cimino Best Film Award at the American Independent Film Awards.