• 25. September 2011

    Sunday Overview

    Charles Ferguson’s Public Zurich Master Class forms the first highlight of the day (Filmpodium, 14:30: screening INSIDE JOB followed by workshop talk). Jeremy Irons treads the evening’s Green Carpet to present his new film MARGIN CALL (interviews and autographs: Green Carpet, 19:30 onwards). Numerous guests are on hand to watch the world premiere screening of the Zurich-based production MARY & JOHNNY (21:00, corso 2). Iñárritu’s BABEL (18:15, Filmpodium) and Woody Allen’s ...

  • 24. September 2011

    Saturday at a glance

    SKATEISTAN will open the ‘Border Lines’ series of films at 13:00 in corso 2. Following the screening, the audience is offered the opportunity to discuss the film and the work done by MSF with the film’s makers and MSF representatives. The world premiere of Rolf Lissy’s URSULA – LEBEN IN ANDERSWO and Christian Ulmen’s new film JONAS are programmed for the evening. Please refer to the overview for full details of all films and guest appearances.  

  • 23. September 2011

    Friday at a glance

    The second festival day brings with it the first huge helping of film fun. In addition to the four competition category kick offs, Friday also sees the start of the Penn, Inarritu and Haggis retrospectives, as well as the ‘New World View’ film series, screening the latest and greatest from the Turkish film world. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (by the ‘Fishtank’ director Andrea Arnold) and RESTLESS (Gus Van Sant’s latest work) are billed as the day’s Gala ...

  • 22. September 2011

    Festival Opening Today

    The day has finally arrived! Following a year of intensive preparation, the festival is ready to open with Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION in the presence of its leading actor and this year’s Jury President Laurence Fishburne. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter is to be among the stream of guests. The festival’s surprise opener is the US independent TAKE SHELTER, which will be screened simultaneously (21:15) at the charming Arthouse Le Paris cinema – it’s also the ...

  • 19. September 2011

    Jeremy Irons to Attend the Premiere of MARGIN CALL in Zurich

    Legendary British actor Jeremy Irons will grace the Zurich Film Festival with his presence on September 25, 2011. He will arrive in Zurich to attend the premiere of his latest film MARGIN CALL, in which he plays alongside Kevin Spacey as the unscrupulous boss of a US American investment bank.   Born in 1948, Jeremy Irons currently ranks among the most sought-after character actors of our time, and regularly takes the lead in big European ...

  • 16. September 2011


    The New World view series is dedicated to Turkish cinema this year. In recent years, not only established Turkish filmmakers such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan or Semih Kaplanoglu have shown that they are capable of great things. It is specially the young Turkish cinema that has gained a lot of attention at international film festivals as well as in theaters. The films selected for this series are all first, second or third directing works. From "blockbusters ...

  • 15. September 2011

    Roman Polanski To Pick Up His A Tribute To Award

    Director Roman Polanski will attend the upcoming 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. The World Premiere of a full-length non fiction film will follow the tribute ceremony. Details regarding the film and the world premiere will not be released before the official screening on Sept 27.   Born 1933 in Paris, Roman Polanski first ...

  • 13. September 2011

    THIS MUST BE THE PLACE at the Zurich Film Festival

    Sean Penn’s latest work as an actor THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Paolo Sorrentino (ITA, FRA, UK 2011) will be screened on Saturday, October 1 at 21:15 in cinema corso’s theatre 1. This European co-production, which sees Penn star alongside Frances Mc Dormand and Judd Hirsch, tells the story of the aging rock star Cheyenne, who goes in search of his father’s former tormentor, a Nazi criminal hiding in the US outback. Tickets now ...

  • 06. September 2011

    A Tribut to ... Award goes to Paul Haggis

    Paul Haggis made a name for himself, not only in his primary role as a screenwriter, but also as a director. He was closely involved in two subsequent Oscar winners: in 2005 as the screenwriter of the boxing film MILLION DOLLAR BABY, and in the following year as author and director of the anthology film CRASH. Haggis will receive the festival’s A Tribute To... Award on the October 1 Award Night at the Zurich Opera ...

  • 01. September 2011

    Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu comes to the Zurich Film Festival

    Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, one of the younger generation's most prominent filmmakers, is coming to Zurich. He has shot four feature films to date, all of which have celebrated worldwide success. Iñárritu will hold a public master class on September 30 (18:15 at the Filmpodium) and accept the festival's Career Achievement Award for his exceptional contribution to filmmaking at the Award Night on October 1. The Zurich Film Festival, in collaboration ...