Public Zurich Master Class


Once again, we are pleased to announce several Zurich Master Class events which will be open to the general public. These events offer film lovers the opportunity to rub shoulders with internationally-renowned film professionals, and to gain an insight into their work. 

Charles Ferguson & Screening INSIDE JOB

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Sunday, September 25, 14:30 – 17:45, Filmpodium

Moderator: Monika Schärer

Qualified political scientist Charles Ferguson received an Oscar in 2011 for his controversial documentary film INSIDE JOB, which analyses the 2008 economic crisis. He also received a nomination three years previously for his first documentary film NO END IN SIGHT, which highlighted the situation in Iraq after America’s invasion in 2003. Ferguson is currently working on a project about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. INSIDE JOB will be screened within the framework of this year’s Zurich Master Class. In the discussion following the film, Ferguson will explain why it is important to get to the bottom of the maladministrations of our time.   

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Friday, September 30, 18:15 – 19:45, Filmpodium

Moderator: Peter Cowie

Born 1963 in Mexico City, director, producer and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu is known the world over for his powerful anthology films. In his ‘death trilogy’ AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAMS and BABEL, a tragic event takes place at the beginning of each film, bringing together the lives of its characters. Iñárritu will discuss his work in this Public Zurich Master Class. How does he arrive at his complex narrative structures? What drives him to tackle difficult subjects such as death, loss and violence? And what role does a globalised, multinational society play for him? 

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis Portrait

Saturday, October 1, 15:00 – 16:30, Filmpodium

Moderator: John Horn 

This Public Zurich Master Class offers an insight into the multifaceted work of the Canadian screenwriter and director, who was not only involved in Oscar-winning productions such as MILLION DOLLAR BABY and CRASH, but also co-wrote the screenplays for the latest James Bond films CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Haggis began his career working on various TV formats, including the successful ABC series ‘thirtysomething’. How did he make the jump from writing TV series to the big screen? And how does he manage to combine his double role as a screenwriter and director with such success?