Hlynur Pálmason was born in 1984 in Iceland. Starting as an artist and photographer, Hlynur continued his artistic career in filmmaking by pursuing the education at The Danish National Film School. His graduation film ‘A painter’ (2013), won best short film at Odense IFF, Reykjavík IFF and was nominated for The Danish Film Academy. His latest short film ‘Seven Boats’ (2014) was included in the official selection of international film festivals in Toronto, Lübeck, Ozu, Zagreb, and Reykjavík. Currently Hlynur is based in Copenhagen, working on his debut.
Sebastian Mez was born in 1982 in Essen, Germany. After graduating from high school he was employed as intern for one year before leaving to work as a freelancer. In that time he created his first film experiments. His first middle-length film ‘Do the Right Thing’ (2007) about capital punishment in Texas/USA premiered at the Max Ophüls Festival in 2008. In October 2007 Sebastian began his studies at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany, specializing in directing. His first short ‘Clean Up’ (2008) was shown at more than 40 international film festivals and won several prizes. His film ‘Ein Brief aus Deutschland’ (2011), which takes a special approach to the subject of modern slavery and prostitution in Europe, won the international middle length competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon in 2011. ‘Metamorphosen’ (2013) was his first feature length film, which premiered at the Berlinale 2013, followed by numerous festivals and awards worldwide. Sebastian lives and works in Berlin.
The project will be developed during the CPH:LAB workshop at CPH:DOX IFF in November 2014. Stay tuned for more information.