Til Schweiger receives Golden Eye Award

02. October 2020

The Zurich Film Festival honoured the actor and director Til Schweiger for his filmmaking tonight. The German star was moved and visibly delighted about this accolade.

Golden Eye Award - Til Schweiger (©Andreas Rentz, Getty Images for Zurich Film Festival)

©Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Zurich Film Festival

Til Schweiger received the Golden Eye Award this evening in the Corso cinema. The actor is honoured to be awarded at the Zurich Film Festival: "It's great to be here in Zurich - at last. I am overjoyed and moved to receive the Golden Eye Award tonight. Many thanks again to the festival, this award means a lot to me!"

The Golden Eye Award was given to the multiple Bambi Award winner on the occasion of the presentation of his new film GOD, YOU’RE SUCH A PRICK!. The humorous and emotional coming-of-age drama is about a 16-year-old whose life is shaken by a cancer diagnosis. After her parents forbid her to go on her graduation trip, she and her new boyfriend set off on an adventurous road trip to Paris, the parents close on their heels. Staring Til Schweiger and Heike Makatsch, the German star line-up is completed by the Swiss character actor Max Hubacher.

Festival Director Christian Jungen personally presented the Golden Eye Award to Til Schweiger. Jungen is delighted to hand over the award to Schweiger this year, especially since it is his first visit to the ZFF. "Til Schweiger is an exceptional talent, a thoroughbred cinematographer who works continuously, passionately and hard and manages the most difficult thing of all: to captivate a large audience", says Jungen.  

Til Schweiger's path to becoming one of the most influential and popular cult characters in German film began in 1991 in LINDENSTRASSE and with his first feature film MANTA, MANTA. He was honoured with the Max Ophüls Award for Best Young Actor in 1993, followed in 1994 by the Bambi for his breakthrough performance DER BEWEGTE MANN. Since then, Schweiger has impressed not only in Hollywood productions such as INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009), but also as a director, screenwriter and producer of his incomparable (tragic) comedies KEINOHRHASEN (2007) and HONIG IM KOPF (2014).

Previous winners of the Golden Eye Awards include Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart and Kiefer Sutherland.