WOLKENBRUCH and DER LÄUFER: powerful Swiss cinema on day 3 of the festival

29. September 2018


The first Saturday of the festival is all about new and powerful Swiss cinema: we are delighted to be hosting the world premiere of Michael Steiner’s WOLKENBRUCH (21:00, Corso 1) in the presence of cast and crew. Steiner shot the wondrous journey to autonomy of the young Orthodox Jew Matti in collaboration with (screenplay) author Thomas Mayer. Before that, the Focus competition section presents another highly anticipated Swiss premiere entry: director Hannes Baumgartner was inspired by a real and sensational Swiss crime for her fascinating directorial debut DER LÄUFER (18:45, Corso 2).


The International Feature Film Competition sees director Jasmin Mozaffari and actress Michaela Kurimsky present their visually stunning drama FIRECRACKERS (21:30, Corso 2). One of the greatest discoveries in this year’s programme and characterised by women both in front of and behind the camera, the film tells the story of two young women from Canada’s white trash milieu. Also entering the race today are Cathy Yan’s Sundance-winning Chinese tragicomedy DEAD PIGS (18:00, Arena 7) and Debra Granik’s deeply moving drama LEAVE NO TRACE (21:00, Arena 7), whose lead actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie is billed as the next Jennifer Lawrence. We are also hosting the world premiere of Christin Freitag’s debut documentary LET THE BELL RING (20:45, Piccadilly) in our Focus Competition today, a film that ducks and dives through the world of amateur boxing.


Director Sine Plambech and lead actress Sommai Molbaek are in Zurich to present HEARTBOUND (20:30, Corso 4), an intergenerational epic about intercultural marriages that enters the International Documentary Film Competition today. Also entering the competition is young Portuguese director Leonor Teles’ TERRA FRANCA (18:15, Arthouse Piccadilly), which carries us off on a highly poetic journey through a picturesque fishing village close to Lisbon to zoom in on the Portuguese people’s wonderfully nostalgic view of the world. Finally, Tim Wardle’s THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (21:15, Arena 1) tells the unbelievable story of triplets Bobby, Eddy and David who, separated at birth, were coincidentally reunited years later.


There are also other ZFF programme highlights on offer away from the hustle and bustle of Bellevue: we look forward to welcoming actor Dev Patel who garnered an Academy Award nomination for his role in the drama LION, which opened ZFF in 2016 and enjoys a special screening at 16:30 today at the Filmpodium.

Dev Patel (ZFF 2015)

We are making a one-off guest appearance with two visually and aurally stunning films using Dolby Atmos technology at the Kosmos cinema: documentary filmmaking legend Victor Kossakovsky presents his Venice-celebrated documentary film AQUARELA (17:30, Kosmos 1). This is followed Alfonso Cuarón’s Venice-winning ROMA (19:45 and 22:30, Kosmos 1) – a unique opportunity to see both films on the big screen – they will not be released in cinemas.

Good to know: An overview of today’s films can be found on the homepage. The link to ticket sales and information about the attendance of filmmakers can be found on the respective film’s detail page. Our Green Carpet Overview is there for autograph hunters and all those who want to catch a glimpse of the great and the good of the film business. 

A short note about sold-out screenings: returned tickets go on sale approx. 15 minutes before the start of each film. They can be purchased online and at all ZFF points of sale. The Festival Centre at Sechseläutenplatz opens to all festival visitors at 11 am. The bar is open until midnight – see you there!