Zurich Film Festival Awards Night 2014

Zurich Film Festival Awards 2014

Zurich Film Festival Awards Night 2014

Opera House Zurich

Zurich Film Festival concluded this Sunday after 11 days showing 145 films and with a record breaking attendance of 79,000 visitors (up 11% on the previous year) and a budget of CHF 6.9 million. The Award Ceremony took place at Zurich’s beautiful opera house on the penultimate day of the Zurich Film Festival, on Saturday evening.

Zurich Opera House

The juries of Zurich Film Festival presented the “Golden Eye” awards to the winners in the competition categories as follows:

  • Uruguay for the International Feature Film, Germán Tejeira’s UNA NOCHE SIN LUNA
  • Romania for the International Documentary Film, Alexander Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS
  • Switzerland for the “Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria” award, Nick Brandestini’s CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC
  • The Emerging Swiss Talent Award (new category this year) went to Bruno Deville’s BOUBOULE (Switzerland), and
  • The Critic’s Choice Award went to SVENSKJÄVEL by Ronnie Sandahl (Sweden).
  • The Audience Award was won by ZU ENDE LEBEN by Rebecca Panian (Switzerland);
  • The winner of the Audience Award in the “ZFF for Kids” category was Veit Helmer’s QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRBANDE.

John Malkovic, Nadja Schildknech, Karl Spoerri

Nadja Schildknecht, John Malkovich & Karl Spoerri – photo NewInZurich

Steven Gätjen presided over the Award Night and after an address by Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, the directors of Zurich Film Festival, the “Golden Eyes” were presented. John Malkovich, was one of the guests of honour and after a commendation by actor Veronica Ferres, he modestly said in his acceptance speech that: “My only real talent is in being lucky”.

John Malkovich at Zurich Film Festival

John Malkovich – photo NewInZurich

The “Tribute to” award went to a woman this year, to French filmmaker Claire Denis and the commendation was given by longtime cinematographer Agnès Godard, with whom she has made 14 films.

Claire Denis and Agnes Godard

Claire Denis and Agnes Godard – photo NewInZurich

Peter Fonda, also made a speech during the ceremony during which he urged people to help do what they can to fight against Ebola.

 Peter Fonda at Zurich Film Festival

Peter Fonda – photo NewInZurich

During the Festival other Golden Eye awards had been presented to US-acting legend Diane Keaton, who was awarded this year’s Golden Icon Award:

Diane Keaton Zurich

Diane Keaton & Nadja Schildknecht – NewInZurich

The Los Angeles-based German film music composer Hans Zimmer received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and U.S. producer Michael Shamberg was given the “Career Achievement Award”.

Hans Zimmer at the Zurich Film Festival

Hans Zimmer – photo NewInZurich

Over the 11 days other prominent festival guests included actors Rene Russo, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Neeson.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson- photo NewInZurich

Cate Blanchett at Zurich Film Festival

Cate Blanchett – photo NewInZurich

Also visiting were directors such as Frederick Wiseman, Fatih Akin and Ulrich Seidl, photographers Peter Lindbergh and Greg Gorman, and jurors Susanne Bier and Iris Berben. Zurich Federal Councillors Simonetta Sommaruga and Doris Leuthard were also guests at this year’s ZFF.

Cate Blanchette & Peter Lindbergh

Cate Blanchett & Peter Lindbergh – NewInZurich

The next Zurich Film Festival will be the 11th edition and will take place from Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, October 4th, 2015.

Zurich Film Festival Awards Night 2014

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