A total of 12 films from Switzerland, Germany, Austria will compete for the Golden Eye award.
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Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has unveiled the line-up for its new Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria competition section.
Selected films include Toronto titles Labyrinth of Lies, a post-war German drama from Giulio Ricciarelli; and Baran bo Odar’s computer hacker thriller Who Am I - No System is Safe.
Others include Sudabeh Mortezai’s refugee drama Macondo, first seen at the Berlinale in February, which went on to pick up prizes in Hong Kong and Sarajevo; and Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn, which debuted at Montreal and centres on a maid in a large hotel with a fear of human interaction but who craves intimacy.
Documentaries in the line-up include Jørg M. Kundinger and Timon Birkhofer’s Capital C, which explores crowdfunding; Nick Brandestini’s Children of the Arctic, about five native Alaskan teens growing up in the northernmost community of the US; and Belinda Sallin’s Dark Star - HR Giger’s World, about the man behind the creator of the world-famous Alien creature.
The Focus strand includes first, second or third feature and documentary films from German-speaking countries. It replaces the previous German-langauge feature and German-language documentary competitions.
Endowed with a CHF20,000 ($21,000) cash prize, the Focus Golden Eye prize will be announced on Oct 4 during the award ceremony at Zurich Opera House.
The winning film will also receive an additional CHF100’000 ($107,000) worth of promotional support.
The following 12 productions will compete for the Golden Eye in the Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria competition section:
Jørg M. Kundinger, Timon Birkhofer
Children of the Arctic
Dark Star - HR Giger’s World
The Chambermaid Lynn
The Cuckoo and the Donkey
Die Demokratie ist los
Labyrinth of Lies
Who Am I - No System is Safe
Baran bo Odar
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