Two of this year's localbox-office hits, Michael Steiner and Tobias Fueter's Grounding - The LastDays Of Swissair and Fredi M. Murer'sVitus, and Andrea Staka's GoldenLeopard-winning Das Fraulein areamong the films nominated for the 2007 Swiss Film Prize.
A nine-person nominationcommission including Federal Office of Culture's Film Section head NicolasBideau, Locarno festival director Frederic Maire, and distributor Walter Ruggleof trigon film, selected a total of 20 films in the best feature film,documentary, animation and short film categories and six names for the bestlead and supporting actor categories. In addition, five screenplays werenominated for the new category of Best Screenplay.
The nominees for BestFeature Film are: Lionel Baier's Comme Des Voleurs, Andrea Staka's Das Fraulein, Michael Steiner and Tobias Fueter's Grounding, Jean-Stephane Bron's Mon Frere Se Marie, and Fredi M. Murer's Vitus, while Best Documentary nominations went to ErichLangjahr's Das Erbe Der Bergler,Heidi Specogna's Das Kurze Leben Des Jose Antonio Gutierrez, Stefan Haupt's Ein Lied Fuer Argyris, Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Luethi's HippieMasala, and Marcel Schuepbach's Carla'sList.
The Film Prize, which isorganised by the Federal Office of Culture in association with broadcaster SRGSSR idee suisse, SWISS FILMS, the Solothurn Film Days, Nyon's 'Visions dureel' International Film Festival, and the Locarno International FilmFestival, will be presented at a revamped gala ceremony on Jan 24 during theSolothurn Film Days. A total of $203,690 (CHF 245,000) will be distributed tothe prizewinners, while $295,180 (CHF 355,000) was already awarded as premiumsto the nominees in the various categories.