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Guests of Honour


Roland Emmerich

A Tribute to… Award: Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, producers and screenwriters, whose films – including INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996), STARGATE (1994), GODZILLA (1998), THE PATRIOT (2000), THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004) and WHITE HOUSE DOWN (2013) – have taken in more than $4 billion worldwide. In his native Germany, Roland’s career began when his student project DAS ARCHE NOAH PRINZIP (1984), played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. He subsequently set up Centropolis Entertainment in 1985 and under this banner, he
has produced and directed more than 20 feature films. While he is known for his blockbuster films, Emmerich is equally comfortable directing more personal projects such as ANONYMOUS (2011) and STONEWALL (2015). Emmerich is a campaigner and contributor for various charities and projects including, the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), Global Green and American Red Cross. His latest feature, MIDWAY is slated to be released on November 8, 2019. Roland Emmerich will collect the ZFF’s Golden Eye on Sunday, September 29. The ZFF honours the filmmaker by screening 10 of his works in a comprehensive retrospective.


Cate Blanchett

Golden Icon Award: Cate Blanchett

One face, many iconic roles and
a spectrum of convincing character studies that is as broad as
it is subtle: The Australian Cate Blanchett’s ability to transform is legendary. She was already making waves in the Australian theatre scene not long after graduating from the National Institute
of Dramatic Arts. Shortly after giving her film debut in the 1997 war drama PARADISE ROAD, Blanchett went on to celebrate her international breakthrough after landing the Oscar-nominated
title role in ELIZABETH (1998). Blanchett expanded her repertoire by playing Elbin Galadriel in the epic fantasy saga THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003), and attracted international attention for her performances in AVIATOR (2004) and BABEL (2006). Her most memorable roles include her interpretation of Bob Dylan in I’M NOT THERE (2007), her Academy Award-winning title role in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE (2013) and her performance alongside Rooney Mara in CAROL (2015). Cate Blanchett brings her most recent production, Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE (2019), to Zurich. She will collect the ZFF’s Golden Eye on October 5. The ZFF honours the actress by screening a selection of her works in a retrospective.


Kristen Stewart

Golden Eye Award: Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is one of the
most accomplished, talented and in-demand young actresses in Hollywood. In 2015, she became the first American actress to be awarded a César Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Olivier Assayas’ SILS MARIA. In January 2017, Stewart made her directorial debut with COME SWIM, which premiered at Sundance. Stewart was introduced to worldwide audiences in 2002 with her gripping performance alongside Jodie Foster in PANIC ROOM. Her star took a huge rise when she starred as Bella Swan
in the hit franchise THE TWILIGHT SAGA (2008-2012). She also starred in box office winner SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012), and in Walter Salles’ ON THE ROAD (2012). Stewart’s career has displayed a challenging assortment
of characters in additional films including PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016) and CERTAIN WOMEN (2016). She most recently starred in the title role in SEBERG (2019), which she will personally present in Zurich and receive ZFF’s Golden Eye Award the same night, on October 2.