Darius Marder’s Sound Of Metal won the Golden Eye for best international feature film as this year’s Zurich Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday (October 6).
The film stars Riz Ahmed as a drummer whose life is thrown into turmoil when he begins to lose his hearing and co-stars Olivia Cooke and Mathieu Amalric. The drama premiered in TIFF’s Platform section, with Amazon acquiring US rights. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales.
Romanian director Alexander Nanau’s Collective won the international documentary film prize. The film follows a team of investigative journalists as they attempt to uncover a major case of health-care fraud.
Both international awards include a cash prize of CHF25,000 ($25,218).
Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher, which won a Silver Bear for its writer-director at this year’s Berlinale, picked up the Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria award, which comes with a CHF 20,000 ($20,174) cash prize.
Cate Blanchett received the festival’s Golden Icon Award.
The full list of winners is below.
International Feature Film Competition
Sound Of Metal (US), Darius Marder
Special Mentions: Babyteeth (Aus), Shannon Murphy, Just 6.5 (Iran), Saeed Roustaee; A White, White Day (Ice, Den, Swe), Hlynur Pálmason.
International Documentary Film Competition
Collective (Rom), Alexander Nanau
Special Mentions: 17 Blocks (US), Davy Rothbart; Midnight Family (Mex), Luke Lorentzen
Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria
System Crasher (Ger), Nora Fingscheidt
Special Mention: Lillian (Austria), Andreas Horvath
Trine Dyrholm, Queen Of Hearts (Den)
David Zonana, Workforce (Mex)
Volunteer (Switz), Anna Thommen and Lorenz Nufer
Kids Jury Award
Zu Weit Weg (Ger), Sarah Winkenstette
Kids Audience Award
Invisible Sue (Ger), Von Markus Dietrich
Just For Today (Isr), Nir Bergman and Ram Nehari
Science Film Award
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser (Switz, Austria), Niklaus Hilber
Golden Icon Award