After several years of directing documentaries and commercials, Swaim directs his first feature in 1977, The Night of Saint-Germain des Près (with Michel Galabru and Daniel Auteuil). His second film, La Balance, sweeps various Césars, winning Best Actor, Actress and Film. Swaim goes on to direct Half Moon Street (1986), starring Michael Caine and Sigourney Weaver, followed by the thriller Masquerade (1988), with Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, and L’Atlantide (1992), with Tchéky Karyo and Jean Rochefort. The Climb, Swaim’s latest film, entirely shot in New Zealand (with John Hurt and David Strathairn), won the prestigious UNICEF Prize for Best Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 1998. Swaim just finished writing and directing the French comedy Cheap Shot. He has also adapted James Baldwin’s cult novel Giovanni’s Room and will now attend the BIFFF as president of the Body Painting Jury.