The tenth edition of the Zurich Film Festival unveils its prize list
by Muriel Del Don
- The juries of the three competitions of the tenth edition of the Zurich Film Festival award Golden Eyes to Uruguay, Romania and Switzerland, not forgetting to highlight the quality of European cinema
The main prizes of the Zurich Film Festival were awarded to Una noche sin luna by Uruguayan Germán Tejeira (international feature film), Toto and his Sisters [+see also:
film profile] by Romanian Alexander Nanau (international documentary competition) with a Special Mention in the same category for The Look of Silence [+see also:
film profile] by Joshua Oppenheimer and for Swiss Nick Brandestini (best film in the Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria competition) who was able to move the jury with his Children of the Arctic. This new documentary by the Swiss director depicts the difficult passage to adulthood of five Iñupiat teens. They are engaged in an endless struggle, in a constant quest for a dreamt of balance between modernity and tradition, between carefreeness and awareness of the importance of their ancestral culture. Nick Brandestini was previously awarded three years ago in Zurich with his feature film Darwin.
In the same category a Special Mention was awarded to the German movie Capital by Jorg M. Kundinger and Timon Birkhofer. Switzerland was also honoured thanks to the touching first feature film by Bruno Deville Chubby [+see also:
film profile] which was awarded the newly introduced Emerging Swiss Talent Award. The Audience Award also was won by Switzerland and went to Rebecca Panian who with her Zu ende Leben (Dying to live) was able to touch the heart of the festival audience. This is a courageous movie about the subject of mourning and its connection with death. Swedish director Ronnie Sandahl received the prize for Best Debut Feature Film awarded by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists. His debut feature Underdog (Svenskjävel) [+see also:
interview: Ronnie Sandahl
film profile]is bold and extremely provocative and it reveals the talent of a young director with huge potential.
(Translated from Italian)