24. November 2016

The Zurich Film Festival screens the year’s most anticipated productions in its “Gala Premieres” section. Three films from our past programme open today in cinemas across German-speaking Switzerland. Rolando Colla’s SETTE GIORNI world premiered during the 12th ZFF. The director will present his film in person at selected screenings.

SETTE GIORNI by Rolando Colla | Switzerland, Italy, 2016

Ivan and Chiara meet on a small Sicilian island. They have seven days to prepare a wedding for Ivan’s brother and Chiara’s best friend. Despite Ivan’s fear to repeat his previous failed relationship and Chiara not wanting to put her marriage at risk, the pair falls in love. Together they decide to set an expiration date for their affair – the day the wedding guests arrive. A film stretching over seven days in seven chapters with an identical amount of emotional states. Five years after his critically acclaimed GIOCHI D’ESTATE, Zurich-based filmmaker Rolando Colla returns with his most recent work to question whether love can be controlled, or whether one is but a mere slave to the feeling?

DEEPWATER HORIZON by Peter Berg | USA, 2016

The offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon is on the verge of a pioneering milestone in the year 2010: more than 100 million barrels of oil are to be extracted from the Gulf of Mexico. But the two chief engineers Mike Williams and Jimmy Harrell, both charged with overseeing the project, soon realise that too much pressure on the borehole could jeopardise the whole venture – a warning ignored by the oil company involved. The disastrous blowout – an uncontrolled release of gas and oil – that follows leads to an environmental disaster of epic proportions. Millions of tons of oil pour into the ocean while 120 workers are trapped on the burning platform. An explosive race against time ensues when Williams and his team put their own lives at risk to evacuate the injured and rescue survivors.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS by Stephen Frears | UK, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins follows her dream of becoming a celebrated opera singer with great tenacity despite one particular minor problem: the voice Florence hears in her head was divine, however to the rest of the world it sounds hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield, a noble English actor, manages to protect his beloved Florence from said truth. But when Florence decides to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair realises he may have bitten off more than he could chew. Director Stephen Frears tells the story of an eccentric New York persona while simultaneously celebrating the passion of an amateur who will stop at nothing to realise her dream. In one of his best roles to date, Hugh Grant offers a memorable performance alongside Meryl Streep.