Harvey Weinstein added as a masterclass speaker at the 9th Zurich Film Festival; Competition titles revealed.

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The Zurich Film Festival has revealed its complete line-up for its 9th edition (Sept 26 – Oct 6), including 122 films and 16 world premieres.

ZFF festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri launched the programme at a press conference in Zurich today.

“We want to grow at a healthy and moderate pace,” said Nadja Schildknecht.

“A higher budget made it possible to optimize our corporate structure as well as further develop the contents of the programme.

“In addition to that, we were able to increase the cinematic programme as well as invite a larger number of guests and schedule more industry events.”


Filmmakers will vie for the Golden Eye in four competition categories: International Feature; International Documentary; German-Language Feature; and Germany, Austria, Switzerland Documentary.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Oct 5, with each winner handed a cash prize of $21,500 (CHF20,000) and distribution funding.

This year sees the introduction of the new Treatment Competition as well as a ‘small Golden Eye’ for best children’s film.

The Schweizer Filmkritik’s Critics Choice Award for Best First Feature Film and the Audience Award for Best Competition Film will also be presented during this event.

The “Tribute to… Award” will be given to Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke and the festival will presenting a film retrospective in his honour.

Gala premieres, star guests 

In addition to the competition and gala directors, the Limmat city also expects actors Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara with their opening film Rush; James McAvoy as the corrupt cop in Filth; and Valeria Golino, who brings directorial debut Miele to the festival.

Other star guests include jury members Melissa Leo and Veronica Ferres and Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, who will attend the festival to receive the Golden Icon Award and present his new film, Prisoners.

The festival’s sidebar programme includes the ZFF Masters at the Filmpodium including Working Title’s Tim Bevan, recipient of this year’s Career Achivement Award, and directors Marc Forster (who heads the international jury), Markus Imhoof and Michael Haneke.

TWC’s Harvey Weinstein has also been added as a masterclass speaker, although the time and date has yet to be set.

Competition Titles

International Feature Film

  • Fruitvale Station (US) Ryan Coogler
  • Jag Etter Vind (Norway) Rune Denstad Langlo
  • La Bataille De Solferino (France) Justine Triet
  • La Jaula De Oro (Mexico) Diego Quemada-Díez
  • Las Horas Muertas (Mexico) Aarón Fernández
  • Miele (Italy) Valeria Golino
  • O Lobo Atrás Da Porta (Brazil) Fernando Coimbra
  • Parkland (US) Peter Landesman
  • Płynące Wiezowce (Poland) Tomasz Wasilewski
  • Puppy Love (Belgium) Delphine Lehericey
  • Still Life (UK) Uberto Pasolin
  • Traumland (Switzerland) Petra Volpe


  • A ciel ouvert (France) Mariana Otero
  • Años De Calle (Argentina) Alejandra Grinschpun
  • Gangster te Voli (Croatia) Nebojša Slijepčević
  • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (US) Nicholas Wrathall
  • Inequality for All (US) Jacob Kornbluth
  • Lej En Familie A/S (Denmark) Kaspar Astrup Schroeder
  • Linsanity (US) Evan Jackson Leong
  • The Human Scale (Denmark) Andreas M. Dalsgaard
  • The Manor (Canada) Shawney Cohen
  • These Birds Walk (Pakistan) Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq


  • Die Erfindung Der Liebe Lola Randl
  • Die Frau, Die Sich Traut Marc Rensing
  • Finsterworld Frauke Finsterwalder
  • Houston Bastian Günther
  • Männer Zeigen Filme & Frauen Ihre Brüste Isabell Šuba
  • Nordstrand Florian Eichinger
  • Talea Katharina Mückstein
  • Tore Tanzt Katrin Gebbe


  • Das Erste Meer (Austria) Clara Trischler
  • Der Bauer Bleibst Du (Germany) Benedikt Kuby
  • Die Familie (Germany) Stefan Weinert
  • Journey To Jah (Germany) Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer
  • Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face (Germany) Sabine Lidl
  • Neuland (Switzerland) Anna Thommen
  • Service Inbegriffe (Switzerland) Eric Bergkraut
  • Wer Ist Thomas Müller? (Germany) Christian Heynen