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International Feature Film Competition

 

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone (Jury President)

Oliver Stone is one of the most successful filmmakers of our time. The three-time Academy Award winner is recognized for his controversial takes on recent American History with films such as PLATOON (1986), NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994) or SNOWDEN (2016). Back in 2007, he was the recipient of ZFF’s “A Tribute to... Award”. Stone returns this year with a restored version of THE DOORS (1991) and his doc series THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS (2017), both part of the “Special Screenings” section.

Laura Bispuri

Laura Bispuri

Director and screenwriter Laura Bispuri is a leading representative of a new and exciting generation of Italian filmmakers that recently featured in ZFF’s “New World View” section. Her feature debut VERGINE GIURATA (2015) made it straight to the competition of the Berlinale, where her second work FIGLIA MIA (2018) was also premiered. Both films went on to become award-winning festival hits and were sold worldwide. Bispuri was also listed in 2018 as one of Variety’s 10 Europeans to watch.

Ciro Guerra

Ciro Guerra

Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra gave his award-winning feature debut at the age of 23 with LA SOMBRA DEL CAMINANTE (2004). His groundbreaking film EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE (2015) was the first Colombian movie to receive an Academy Award nomination. He is the co-director of crime-drama PÁJAROS DE VERANO (2018), which won numerous awards, including Best Latin American Film of the Year. Guerra’s latest, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS (2019), screens within ZFF’s Gala Premieres section this year.

Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch is one of the most sought-after German actors of his generation. His career began on the theatre stage, where he continues to perform successfully to this day. His international breakthrough came with the Academy Award- winning GDR drama THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006). He has since appeared in a great many projects such as Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK (2006), Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015), the series HOMELAND (2015-2016) and the Academy Award-nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY (2018).

Tiziana Soudani

Tiziana Soudani

With her company Amka Films, Tiziana Soudani is one of the most internationally acclaimed Swiss producers. Her credits include the worldwide successful feature PANE E TULIPANI (Bread and Tulips, 2000) and Alice Rohrwacher’s multi award-winning films LE MERAVIGLIE (2014) and LAZZARO FELICE (2018). She is also the producer of Swiss Film Award-winner WAALO FENDO (1998) and of festival hits such as L’INTERVALLO (2012), L’INTRUSA (2017) and LOVE ME TENDER (2019).