Köpek and Above and Below win big at the Swiss Film Awards
by Muriel Del Don
- After taking place in Geneva last year, tradition dictated that the Quartz Awards ceremony be moved this year – to Zurich and the picturesque setting of the Schiffbau
A total of 24 films, including features, shorts and animated movies, split among 12 categories (this year saw the addition of the new “Best Student Film” category), battled it out for the 2016 Quartz Awards, which serve to acknowledge the best film productions that Switzerland has to offer.
At the 18th edition of the event, the “Honorary Award” (the top prize) was handed to famous Ticino-born DoP Renato Berta. His myriad collaborations with the most prominent masters of cinema, such as Alain Tanner, Eric Rohmer and Amos Gitai, coupled with his unmistakable artistic sensitivity and work off the beaten track, make him one of the great key players in European arthouse film from the last 45 years.
The moving feature Köpek [+see also:
film profile] by Turkish-Swiss director Esen Isik and the multi-award-winning documentary Above and Below [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Steiner were the big winners this year. The former went home with the Best Fiction Film Award and Best Actress (thanks to the intense performance by Berena Tuna), while the latter won Best Documentary and Best Editing (Kaya Inan). Above and Below also walked away with the Special Award for Best Sound Mix.
Meanwhile, Vanity [+see also:
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film profile] by Lionel Baier, one of the two hot favourites (along with Köpek), snagged two Quartz Awards: Best Actor (Patrick Lapp) and Best Supporting Actor (Ivan Georgie, who makes his big-screen debut in the film). Women really came to the fore this year thanks also to Ursula Meier (who won Best Short Film for Kacey Mottet Klein, naissance d’un acteur) and to the two female Zurich-based producers (Brigitte Hofer and Cornelia Seitler, Maximage) of Köpek and Above and Below.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Short Film
Kacey Mottet Klein, naissance d’un acteur – Ursula Meier
Best Animated Film
Erlkönig – Georges Schwizgebel
Best Student Film
Ruben Leaves – Frederic Siegel
Beren Tuna – Köpek
Best Supporting Actor
Ivan Georgiev – Vanity
Kaya Inan – Above and Below
(Translated from Italian)