13th Zurich Film Festival

Sep 28th, 2017

The Zurich Film Festival has been held annually since 2005 in the largest city of Switzerland: Zurich. From the very beginning, the festival was very well-received by the public with the number of visitors growing rapidly from 8.000 in 2005 to more than 90.000 in 2016. This year the 13th edition of the Zurich Film Festival is held from September 28 to October 8, 2017. The sports drama “Borg vs. McEnroe” with Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason about one of the biggest tennis rivalries in history is opening the festival on September 28.

One of the missions of the Zurich Film Festival is to create an exclusive creative talent networking platform uniting film industry workers, young and emerging talents, and the audience. Hence, Fameuz is honored to be a part of the festival this year, as it gives our website the opportunity to expand and offer more jobs, education webinars and fundraising opportunities to all its registered members.

The Competition Winners

The main prize of the festival is the GoldenEye, which is awarded to the competition winners in three sections: “International Feature Film”, “International Documentary Film” and “Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria”. The three jury presidents designated for each category are well-known people in the film industry: one of the most acclaimed Danish actresses Trine Dyrholm, Emmy Award winner Simon Kilmurry and one of the most renowned German producers Quirin Berg. The “International Feature Film” competition program features 14 films including the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDonagh, which received high praises during the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. The Golden Eye winner for the best “International Documentary Film” will be chosen among 12 movies from countries all over the world, including South Korea, USA, France and the locally-produced Swiss documentary about life in the big cities. The last competition section, “Focus” also features 12 brand new German, Swiss and Austrian movies that are either first, second, or third works of their directors.

The Winners Will be Announced

The winner of each competition section will be announced on Saturday, October 7 during the Award Ceremony at the Zurich Opera House. However, it is already known that the 13th Zurich Film Festival will honor Glenn Close, who will present her latest movie in Zurich, “The Wife”. Rob Reiner will attend the screening of his movie about four fearless reporters  “Shock and Awe”. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, as well as the Academy Award, nominated actors Andrew Garfield and Jake Gyllenhaal will be on the green carpet in Zurich.

Gyllenhaal’s new film “Stronger”, about the heroic true-life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary guy who became a tragic symbol of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, will be screened at the “Gala Premieres” section of the festival where the most anticipated movies of the year will be shown to the public. Other films of this section include “Battle of the Sexes” with Emma Stone and Steve Carell, “Blade Runner” with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, “Based on a True Story” by Roman Polanski, “Euphoria” with Alicia Vikander and Eva Green, "Downsizing” by Alexander Payne, “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson and many others. Like the previous years, some of the film screenings will be attended by cast and crew members.