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  • 16. April 2015

    ZU ENDE LEBEN in Swiss Cinemas

    The Swiss debut documentary by Rebecca Panian about life and death ZU ENDE LEBEN opens in cinemas today. The film won the Audience Award at the 10th ZFF.

    "The fear of death does not keep us from dying, but from living. This saying expresses in simple terms why I wanted ...


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  • 15. April 2015

    Treatment Award 2015


    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) and Telepool Zürich collaborate once again with ZFF to launch the third Treatment Award. Authors are invited to submit a feature-film treatment with a strong link to Switzerland on the theme of "The Switzerland of Tomorrow". The Treatment Competition award is endowed with a ...


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  • 15. April 2015

    Hugh Jackman's new project

    Biblical epics are making a come-back on the silver screen. Following the Noah's Ark drama NOAH and the Moses story EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, a new production about the apostle Paul of Tarsus is now also in the pipeline. According to Variety, Hugh Jackman will produce the project for ...


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  • 09. April 2015

    A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – «Frame» Film Review

    Actress Jessica Chastain has more job offers than she can shake a stick at. Following such successful festival premieres and cinema hits as THE TREE OF LIFE, ZERO DARK THIRTY and INTERSTELLAR, the US American’s latest performance in an auteur film can be seen in cinemas from today. The ...


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  • 07. April 2015

    4th International Film Music Competition

    If our thoughts turn to a piano piece by Thomas Newman when we see a plastic bag blowing in the wind, or if we think of the shrill sound of Bernard Herrmann when we see a shower curtain violently drawn back, then the goal assigned to film music has been ...


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  • 01. April 2015

    Filmmaker Wiseman returns to Zurich

    Filmmaker and ZFF Masters contributor Frederick Wiseman returns to Switzerland’s cinema city. From April 1 until May 15, the Filmpodium Zürich will show thirteen of his earlier films. In addition to screening such titles as TITICUT FOLLIES, HIGH SCHOOL (I+II) and LA DERNIÈRE LETTRE, the Filmpodium ...


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  • 26. March 2015

    In Swiss cinemas: UNE NOUVELLE AMIE

    Chic skirts, lingerie, make-up and hair removal: None of these typically female rituals are alien to the ever so charming David – who also calls himself "Virginia". Today the ZFF Gala Premiere opens in Swiss cinemas. Director François Ozon delights us with a stimulating, warm-hearted film about the joys of ...


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  • 24. March 2015

    Swiss premiere of ELSER in the presence of director and leading actor

    Together with the ZFF partner cinema Arthouse Le Paris, DCM Distribution presents on Thursday, March 26 the Swiss premiere of ELSER – ER HÄTTE DIE WELT VERÄNDERT. The film will be screened in the presence of the its director Oliver Hirschbiegel and leading actor Christian Friedel.

    Filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel ...


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  • 19. March 2015

    Kingsman: The Secret Service - FRAME Film Review

    Calling all James Bond fans and espionage enthusiasts: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, comes highly recommended today in the film magazine «Frame». Christoph Schelb's review in the current edition of «Frame»:

    "Exploding heads and umbrella pistols: «Kingsman: The Secret Service» is a film ...


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  • 17. March 2015

    Jia Zhangke to receive french honor at Cannes

    The French directors’ society will honor Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke with the Carrosse d’Or during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Chinese director, will be honored during the opening ceremony of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar on May 14. The Carrosse d’Or Prize has been awarded since 2002 ...


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  • 16. March 2015

    DER KREIS wins Swiss Film Award

    DER KREIS (The Circle) by Zurich based director Stefan Haupt, ZFF jury member in 2011, won a total of four Quartz trophies. As well as taking home the Best Feature Film award, the director shared the award for Best Screenplay with his co-writers Christian Felix, Ivan Madeo and Urs Frey ...


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  • 12. March 2015

    CHRIEG opens in Swiss Theaters

    "Powerful". "Frightening". "Magnificent". Just several keywords used by Swiss film critics to describe Swiss filmmaker Simon Jaquemet's debut feature. Following its premiere at our partner festival in San Sebastian, this tense drama was screened to great acclaim within the framework of ZFF's International Feature Film Competition. CHRIEG is ...


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  • 11. March 2015

    Culinary Cinema in Zug

    The inaugural 'Genuss Film Festival' takes place in Zug from May 2 - 9 and offers 8 days of cinematic and culinary delights. Each evening sees the screening of 'culinary films' followed by dinner in a marquee at Landsgemeindeplatz. The festival also features film and food-related discussions with filmmakers, chefs and ...


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  • 09. March 2015

    Association for Film Funding in Switzerland

    The newly founded «Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz» (Association for Film Funding in Switzerland) provides funding for films in production or post-production endowed with a CHF 100'000 cash prize. Swiss directors and producers are invited to submit their film projects now. The non-profit association was founded in ...


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  • 05. March 2015

    IRAQI ODYSSEY in Swiss Cinemas

    Screened at ZFF as a special work-in-progress showcase, Swiss documentary IRAQI ODYSSEY opens in Swiss cinemas today.

    Bombings, declarations of war, demolished cities, people in poverty: News and images from Iraq depict a ruined country. How has it come this far? During the 1950s and 60s, Iraq was well on ...


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  • 26. February 2015

    Documentaries MAIDAN and RED ARMY open in cinemas

    Today the ZFF Border Lines entry MAIDAN and the International Documentary competition entry RED ARMY open in Swiss cinemas.  MAIDAN is the portrait of an emerging nation in the process of rediscovering its identity. RED ARMY traces the last years of a sports team and simultaneously portrays the collapse of ...


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  • 23. February 2015

    ZFF Films win big at the Oscars

    ZFF Gala Premieres BIRDMAN and WHIPLASH came up big during the Oscars ceremony Sunday night. BIRDMAN took home awards for best picture, director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and original screenplay (Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo) while underdog WHIPLASH won Oscars for ...


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  • 19. February 2015

    WHIPLASH hits Swiss theaters

    Damien Chazelle's music drama WHIPLASH opens in cinemas across German-speaking Switzerland today. The 30-year-old director’s second feature was premiered in Switzerland as part of Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premieres section. The five times Academy Award nominated US indie production had already caused a sensation at Sundance and ...


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  • 10. February 2015

    WHIPLASH wins three BAFTA Awards

    Damian Chazelle’s drama WHIPLASH won three BAFTA Awards: best editing, best sound and best supporting actor (J.K. Simmons). The film, which also received BAFTA nominations for best director and best original screenplay, is nominated for five Oscars. It will open in Swiss cinemas on February 19, 2015.

    "How ...


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  • 29. January 2015

    BIRDMAN opens in Swiss cinemas

    The ZFF Gala Premiere and Oscar-nominated BIRDMAN opens today in Swiss cinemas. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu treats us to this comic-inspired fifth feature film, starring former BATMAN actor Michael Keaton, through the world of superhero mania.

    One-time star actor Riggan Thomson, famous for his portrayal of the iconic ...


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  • 22. January 2015

    Now in cinemas: PADRONE E SOTTO

    Tricarico in the deep south of Italy. Those who are allowed to drink are winners. And those who remain sober are losers. That’s what filmmaker Michele Cirigliano understood as a child about the drinking game ‘Padrone e Sotto’ when he sat in a shabby bar watching the older men ...


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  • 16. January 2015

    Six ZFF films in the race for the Oscars

    The nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards have been announced January 15. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and ZFF 2014 Gala Premiere BIRDMAN by Alejandro González Iñárritu lead nominations with nine nominations each. Besides BIRDMAN, five more ZFF films are in the race for the golden trophy: WHIPLASH by ...


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  • 15. January 2015

    Cinema for kids and family

    Two films open today in cinemas after enjoying great popularity with children and families alike when they were screened at the 10th ZFF. The dream of being able to fly finally comes true in DOKTOR PROKTORS PUPSPULVER: the brilliant, but thus far unsuccessful Doctor Proctor has invented a pooping powder ...


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