Year after year, the ZFF brings world stars to Zurich. In recent times, actors and actresses like Sharon Stone, Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Redmayne have been guests. The festival offers plenty of opportunities to get close to these personalities and get profound insights into their work.

You can get up-close and personal with the ZFF Guests in Zurich at the following events:

Year after year, the festival invites numerous filmmakers so that they can present their works in person. There is an introduction before the film and usually a moderated discussion afterwards, where the audience can ask questions and learn more about the film talents behind the projects. This direct contact with the filmmakers sets the cinema experience at ZFF apart from the everyday cinema-going experience.

As part of the ZFF Masters, our audience finds itself in a cinema theatre to listen to talks with actors, directors, screenwriters or other film workers. In addition to offering insights into their creative work, guests often recite amusing anecdotes from their personal careers and are also available to answer audience questions.

With film as its focus, the ZFF Talks series offers experts from various sectors the opportunity to explore controversial issues currently affecting the fields of culture, science and politics. The ZFF Talks are free of charge, open to the public and are announced together with the festival programme.

At Sechseläutenplatz, the hub of the ZFF, the Green Carpet is rolled out to cue the start of the festival. This is where our guests appear to the delight of their fans and the general public, pose for photos and give interviews as they make their way to the movie theatre. Whether you plan to visit the Green Carpet or just happen to be strolling past Sechseläutenplatz, the chances are you'll cross paths here with a world-class star.

The following is a list of all photocalls taking place at the Green Carpet. All information is provided without guarantee and subject to change at short notice.  

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Our Guests 2023

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

Memory

The American actress and Oscar winner Jessica Chastain is one of Hollywood's absolute exceptional talents. She is one of the outstanding character actresses of her generation, stands out for her clever choice of roles and knows ho

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

The Promised Land

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most popular and versatile character actors in contemporary cinema. Both in the auteur films of his home country and in Hollywood, he shines with his acting skills. An extremely charismati

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

Visions

ZFF Masters Diane Kruger

German actress Diane Kruger is one of cinema's most versatile character actresses. In addition to possessing the rare ability to captivate audiences with her irresistible aura, her charismatic presence also enables her to imbue he

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

May December

The American master director Todd Haynes is renowned for his elegant mise-en-scène and his ability to get the best from his actors and actresses in his often-melodramatic works. Todd Haynes instantly scooped the Grand Jury Prize a

Michel Merkt

Michel Merkt

Producer

At ZFF 2024 with

Passages

Geneva-born Michel Merkt is one of international auteur cinema's most successful producers. He has worked on more than 100 films, 17 of which have screened at the ZFF. This year, he presents PASSAGES by Ira Sachs in Zurich. Michel

Volker Bertelmann

Volker Bertelmann

At ZFF 2024 with

International Film Music Competition

As a virtuoso pianist, the German film composer and Academy Award-winner Volker Bertelmann has created some of the most influential and iconic music. His outstanding, multi-layered and authentic compositions invariably serve to un

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

Wildcat

ZFF Masters Ethan Hawke

In addition to his successful acting career, Ethan Hawke also works today as a producer, director and author. He is known as an actor for his roles in the BEFORE trilogy (1995-2013) in TRAINING DAY (2001) and in BOYHOOD (2014). He

Michael Steiner

Michael Steiner

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

Early Birds

ZFF Masters Michael Steiner

Director Michael Steiner is one of the most eminent figures of the Swiss filmmaking scene. His adventure movie MEIN NAME IST EUGEN garnered the 2006 Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film, his comedy WOLKENBRUCH was Switzerland's

Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

Ingeborg Bachmann – Reise in die Wüste

Margarethe von Trotta is one of German cinema's most influential figures. She attracted attention as an actress after appearing in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. She went on in the 70s to become one of t

Paula Beer

Paula Beer

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

Stella. Ein Leben.

The German actress Paula Beer gave her cinema debut in the drama POLL (2010) and promptly won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Emerging Actress. She also won the Award for Best Emerging Actress at Venice in 2016 for her role in th

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin

The British rock singer Peter Doherty was the frontman of the successful indie band "The Libertines" from 1997 until 2004. Before leaving the group, he founded his second band "Babyshambles". Doherty released his first solo album

Trine Dyrholm

Trine Dyrholm

Cast

At ZFF 2024 with

Birthday Girl

Trine Dyrholm is a successful Danish actress and singer. She earned the Bodil Danish Film Award for Best Actress for her debut performance in SPRINGFLOD (1990). The list of hit titles that she has appeared in includes THE CELEBRAT

Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

La chimera

The director Alice Rohrwacher is considered to be one of the most influential representatives of Italian auteur cinema. Her debut film CORPO CELESTE garnered immediate critical acclaim on its release and screened at various major

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders

Director

At ZFF 2024 with

Anselm (3D)

Wim Wenders is regarded as one of the most influential directors of German auteur cinema. Wenders scooped the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for IN WEITER FERNE SO NAH (1993), the sequel to DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN (1987). His most succ

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