Public Zurich Master Class


The Zurich Film Festival and Schweizer Fernsehen’s 5th Talent Workshop.

Zurich turns into an international meeting place for film during the annual Zurich Film Festival. One objective of the Zurich Film Festival’s organisers is to use this platform to provide young, ambitious and talented individuals with the opportunity to open up dialogues with renowned filmmakers.

This was achieved in 2006 with the initiation of the Zurich Master Class, which has already seen numerous aspiring filmmakers participate in its programme over the last few years. In 2010, a select circle of directors, authors and producers from Switzerland, Germany and Austria will be given the opportunity to learn from the masters of their profession by discussing specific topics in great detail during a week of intensive talks. Co-organised by Schweizer Fernsehen, the Zurich Master Class offers workshops concentrating on various film-specific topics, inspirational encounters and intensive networking possibilities. This year’s “invitation only” workshop talks will take place within the walls of the Zurich University of the Arts on Gessnerallee.

We are also pleased to announce that several discussions will be open to the general public within the framework of the 6th Zurich Film Festival’s Public Master Classes held by our very welcome guests Barry Gifford, Adrian Grenier and Vilmos Zsigmond.

Discussion with Vilmos Zsigmond

October 1, 2010, 10.30, cinema corso 4

Moderation: Peter Cowie

In English only

Vilmos Zsigmond

Oscar prize-winning Vilmos Zsigmond’s filmography reads like a mini Best of American Masterpieces from the last decade. Born in Hungary, Zsigmond migrated to the USA in 1957 carrying 35 mm recordings of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, and established himself as one of his new homeland’s most important cameramen within the space of a few short years. He celebrated his Hollywood breakthrough after collaborating with the most influential directors of the 70s: Robert Altman’s anti-Western McCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971) brought him his first BAFTA nomination. With several Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977), Zsigmond is now one of America’s greatest and most renowned cameramen. His image language has shaped innumerable films including Brian de Palma’s classic OBSESSION (1976), THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (1990), BLACK DAHLIA (2006) and Michael Cimino’s THE DEER HUNTER (1978) and HEAVEN’S GATE (1980).

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010) is his third collaboration with Woody Allen. This Public Zurich Master Class will see Vilmos Zsigmond use a selection of film sequences to discuss his work with the renowned film critic Peter Cowie.

Discussion with Barry Gifford

October 1, 2010, 13.30, Corso 4

Moderation: Michel Bodmer

In English only

Barry Gifford

The eerie worlds of the claustrophobic universe dreamt up by David Lynch in LOST HIGHWAY and WILD AT HEART do not only originate in the sombre fantasies of the director himself: the US-American author and screenwriter Barry Gifford made his name writing the screenplays for the above mentioned masterpieces. Gifford’s tales from the American precipices not only encompass screenplay drafts for such films as PERDITA DURANGO (Àlex de la Iglesia) or CITY OF GHOSTS (Matt Dillon), but individual literary works – like the series of novels „Sailor & Lula“, the first volume of which, „Wild at Heart“, formed the base for David Lynch’s identically titled film – that are repeatedly published and translated into various languages. In addition to his literary writings and screenplays, Gifford has also published stage plays, essays and lyrics. In a discussion with Michael Bodmer, Barry Gifford will give an insight into his accomplishments using various film sequences.

Discussion with Adrian Grenier


October 3, 2010, 11.15, Corso 4

Moderation: Christine von Fragstein

In English only

Adrien Grenier

The multi-talented Adrian Grenier, himself a target of the paparazzi posse, turns the camera around and aims the lens at them in his film TEENAGE PAPARAZZO. This ironic and playful handling of stardom and his own celebrity status is typical of the young American, who found fame in his homeland for his role in the TV series ENTOURAGE. TEENAGE PAPARAZZO is Adrian Grenier’s second documentary film. In addition to directing, acting and producing his own film projects, the sought-after star is also the drummer in his own band “The Honey Brothers”. In this Zurich Master Class, Adrian Grenier will present his film – shown in Zurich as an Out of Competition Premiere – and discuss his multifaceted achievements with Christine von Fragstein and the audience.