Zurich Film Festival 2020 From 24th September to 4th October
16th Edition ZFF
‘Cause Life is Better with Movies
Elka Mayer, Iris Berben and Christian Jungen at the Press Conference for the 16th edition of the Zurich Film Festival
With so many cultural events having been cancelled or postponed in Zurich this year, it is wonderful to know that the Zurich Film Festival will be taking place from 24th September – 4th October. With a new crew at the ZFF helm, Christian Jungen and Elke Mayer, the 16th edition of Zurich Film festival program was presented to the media at the Baur au Lac Hotel.
The new ZFF Directors Elke Mayer & Christian Jungen
Despite the current situation with COVID, the Zurich Film Festival is still expecting to welcome key figures from the international film industry and will be implementing special measures in the light of the current situation.
At the conference, legendary German actor Iris Berben was photographed with the Golden Eye award which had been presented to her the evening before, for her contribution to the industry. Looking extremely youthful, the actor who celebrated her 70th birthday in August, paid tribute to the ZFF organisers for their courage in going ahead with the festival. Other international recipients of the Golden Eye wards include German actor Til Schweiger, the French actors Juliette Binoche and Maïwenn and British Oscar winner Olivia Colman – along with Swiss filmmaker Rolf Lyssy.
Iris Berben with her Golden Eye Award
Iris Berben’s latest film, Das Unwort, will be screened at the festival on October 2nd. She was originally due to collect her award on 2nd October, but as she is shooting a film in Greece this would not be possible due to the quarantine restrictions.
This year there will be 165 films from 47 different countries. In fact 23 of them will be premieres – which is an increase on last year. Furthermore, 11 of them will be international premieres and 4 will be European premieres. The 16th edition will also feature more competition entries by women and the country which is guest of honour this year is France.
In order to make ZFF 2020 as safe as possible, the organisers have implemented a series of measure which include the wearing of masks inside the cinemas, a free seat between different parties in the cinemas and all visitors will be required to leave their contact details for each event attended. As much as is possible, will be done online. There will be no big parties at the start of the event and no Award Party at the end. You can see full details of the COVID measures here.
Christian Jungen stressed at the press conference how important it was for the film industry to be optimistic and to have the ZFF as a “real” festival this year and not to cancel or hold a virtual event.
Opening Film – My Wonderful Wanda
The opening film at this year’s Zurich Film Festival will be My Wonderful Wanda directed by Bettina Oberli and it is the first time that the opening film has been directed by a female director. The film was shot in a lakeside villa in Stäfa, on the shores of Lake Zurich.
The Gala programme includes several films which are tipped for the Oscars such as The Father, The Truffle Hunters, One Night in Miami, Nomadland and the The Courier with Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Zurich Film Festival will be the world’s first film festival to take place physically, with a full program during the corona crisis.
Zurich Film Festival
When: 24th September – 4th October 2020
Where: Various Locations in Zurich
Programme: See the ZFF Festival Programme here.
Tickets: Tickets go on sale from Monday, 14th September at 12 noon.
With Photos by Carmen Sirboiu
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