ELODIE earned international acclaim for her starring role in Erick Zonca’s DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS, also winning a Cesar Award and Best Actress at Cannes. Some of her other credits include the critical hit WILD REEDS, STORMY WEATHER, POETICAL REFUGEE. ELODIE has also worked in the USA, starring opposite Jennifer Garner in the final season of ALIAS, as well appearances on THE L WORD. Other US credits include SORRY,HATERS, opposite Robin Wright Penn, AMERICAN BROWN and THE BEATNICKS. THE IMPERIALSTS ARE STILL ALIVE is ELODIE’s latest US production, directed by Zeina Durra and produced by Vanessa Hope.
JOSE MARIA DE TAVIRA
Jose Maria de Tavira was born in Mexico City in 1983 to a family of theatre practitioners. He made his theatre debut at age 7 with Mexico’s National Theatre Company. His first film was “The Mask of Zorro” at the age of 12. In 2002 he left Mexico for England where he studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London where he pursued a career in Theatre Directing. After finishing his studies he went back to Mexico where he started working as an actor in films like “Arrancame la Vida”, “Amar a Morir” and “Enemigos Intimos”. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.
Was born in Lyon France,grew up in Beirut,studied in London at ALRA,but got kicked out,for supposedly an attitude problem,first job merchant and ivory production film called merci dr Rey,Ismael merchant introduces him to sandy rees agent in London,sandy arranges an audition with Antonia bird,they click and make the hamburg cell,then has a part in kingdom of heaven then Munich,munich casts a weird spell on his career and it goes quiet for a year so decides to look for parts in the middle east and audition for plays,while working on a play in London le marriage at the arcola theatre he runs into zeina durra at a bafta party,she gives him the role of Karim in the imperialists are still alive decision based on pure instinct,since he’s moved to LA and has had a part in iron man 2.
Rita Ackerman is a Hungarian born NYC based artist. Growing up under Communism, her main inspiration was largely living and dreaming through cinema. Since she lives/ burns her passion through art and its different forms, she could not say no to experience the inside of making a film that speaks about passion and art and being Middle Eastern.
Marianna Kulukundis (actress/producer) was born and raised in London, England and has done both producing and acting work in New York. After playing a long line of comedic prostitutes in NY off off Broadway theatre, she performed in SHOCK ACT directed by Seth Grossman, which went on to win, Best Narrative Short in the Tribeca Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! marks the continuation of a long time collaboration with director Zeina Durra, which began when she performed in Durra’s first films at film school. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she divides her time between London and New York. While continuing her work as an actress, she is currently producing a play off Broadway.