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ZFF Masters


"ZFF Masters" are chaired discussions with greats from the international film industry. Ex- perience renowned actors, directors and producers up-close and use this opportunity to ask them questions. Tickets for ZFF Masters are available at all ZFF pre-sale ticket points.



He has acted for such director greats as Robert Altman, Federico Fellini, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, and put in memorable performances alongside the likes of Dustin Hofmann, Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda. Whether hero or villain, Donald Sutherland’s remarkable acting has left Hollywood with a great legacy. Younger audiences may know him as President Snow in THE HUNGER GAMES franchise. The father of movie star Kiefer Sutherland has appeared in some 14 series, including the screen adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestseller THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. We look forward to an inspiring ZFF Masters session.

Sunday, 30.09., 15.30 – 16.30, Filmpodium, Language: English



Win an Academy Award straight out of film school? Director and screenwriter Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck can show you how. His 2006 feature film debut DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN won the award for best foreign language film. His story of an author who is watched over by a Stasi co-worker also won seven German Film Awards. It was next stop Hollywood for his second feature, the all-star-cast thriller THE TOURIST. Von Donnersmarck has returned to Germany for his most recent movie WERK OHNE AUTOR, which screens this year in ZFF’s Gala Premiere section.

Sunday, 30.09., 17.00 – 18.00, Filmpodium, Language: English



Julian Schnabel is not only a worldwide renowned filmmaker, but also a painter and one of the most famous exponents of Neo-expressionism. He gave his debut as a director withBASQUIAT, a film about New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,and dedicated his second film BEFORE NIGHT FALLS to author and Cuban exile Reinaldo Arenas. He celebrated his biggest success with the four-time Academy Award-nominated LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON, which also won the award for best director at Cannes. His most recent project ETERNITY’S GATE is a fiction film about Vincent Van Gogh.

Monday, 01.10., 18.00 - 19.00, Filmpodium, Language: English



Wim Wenders is one of Europe’s most influential filmmaking personalities. This versatile director, who has also made a name for himself as a photographer, won the critics’ prize at Venice with his debut film DIE ANGST DES TORMANNS BEIM ELFMETER. This was followed by such classics as DER AMERIKANISCHE FREUND and PARIS, TEXAS (Palme d’Or, Cannes 1984). His documentaries BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, PINA and THE SALT OF THE EARTH went on to become audience favourites. In his ZFF Masters session, Wenders will offer insight into his sources of inspiration and take part in a public Q&A session.

Saturday, 06.10., 15.00 - 16.00, Filmpodium, Language: English