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FESTIVALS Switzerland

Zurich fest honours Forman

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Since its creation in 2005, the Zurich Film Festival has aimed to establish itself as an important national event: distinguished guests invited to the festival have included Roman Polanski, who was arrested last year by Swiss police at Zurich airport while he was on his way to receive the Golden Eye Award (which is still waiting for him!).

At the 6th Zurich Film Festival (September 23-October 3), Milos Forman will take pride of place. Audiences will get to discover a retrospective of the director’s work, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and the lesser-known The Loves of a Blonde.

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His latest film, A Walk Worthwhile [+see also:
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, will have its Swiss premiere. Forman, who will be in attendance at the festival, will lead a Master Class with students from Zurich Art School.

The Zurich fest will also award a Golden Eye for Lifetime Achievement to Michael Douglas. The actor, who is ill, has announced he is sending his friend Danny de Vito to receive the prize on his behalf.

Michael Steiner’s highly-anticipated Swiss film Sennentutschi [+see also:
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– whose production almost went bankrupt and attracted a lot of press attention – will open the festival. It will close with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, whose screening will be attended by director Oliver Stone.

In the different international competitions, titles include Florian Cossen’s German/Argentine co-production The Day I Was Not Born; Belgian director Hans Van Nuffel’s Oxygen [+see also:
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; French films Lily Sometimes [+see also:
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by Fabienne Berthaud and Belle Épine [+see also:
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by Rebecca Zlotowski; Hattie Dalton’s Brit film Third Star; and Amir Bar-Lev’s US title The Tillman Story, which won acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Three Swiss films have also been selected in competition: Barbara Kulcsar’s The Two of Us, Michael Schaerer’s Stationpiraten and Cihan Inan’s 180° [+see also:
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.

The three juries (international competition, German-language films and documentaries) also include a few celebrities, namely actor Frank Langella (Frost, Nixon), David Lynch’s screenwriter Barry Gifford (Lost Highway, Sailor and Lula), Austrian director Jessica Hausner (Lourdes [+see also:
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) and Swiss filmmaker Christoph Schaub (Julia’s Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Christoph Schaub
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]
).

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