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‘A Chiara,’ ‘La Mif’ claims Golden Eye Award at Zurich Film Festival

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The 17th Zurich Film Festival ended on Saturday with Jonas Carpigano’s “A Chia” and Fred Bailiff’s “La Miff”, for Renato Boraio Serrano’s “Life of Ivana” best documentary.

The jury, led by Daniel Brohl, and director Stephanie Chuat, former head of the Berlinal Dieter Koslik, and producer Andrea Cornwell, decided to award the “A Chia” with the Best Film award in the feature film competition. The Italian-French-Swedish-Danish co-production sees a teenage girl in a Calabrian town see her father’s criminal involvement.

“We were swept away by modern film through the Italian neuralist tradition of tihh, exceptional use of music and sound design, and the extraordinary performances of husband Rotolo and his family, which led to their film debut. The film is nothing less than a movie masterpiece, “the jury argued, calling the decision” unanimous. ”

Clinton Bentley’s “Jockey” – Clifton Collins Jr.’s acclaimed “incredible performance”, which has already been awarded in Sundance – and Berlin’s entry into the Berlinale “Ballad of a White Cow”, directed by Behtash Sanaiha and Maryam Mogaddam, were specially mentioned.

In the Focus competition, focusing on films from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Bailiff’s “La Miff” proved to be a clear winner, with Daniel Andreas Sagar’s “Behind the Headlines” and Asif Kapadia’s Documentary Competition jury Tundra following Chose “Life of Ivanna”.

Earlier in the week, Sharon Stone collected the Golden Icon Award, followed by the “A Tribute to …” award for Paolo Sorrentino and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Paul Schrader, who presented his latest play “The Card Counter” to local audiences. .

“They’re important,” said artistic director Christian Jungen DiversitySaid Stone and Sorrentino were always “at the top of his wish list.”

“The same people who complain that we only think about the stars are the first to request an interview with Sharon Stone. 93% of these festivals are privately funded. We are not one of these state-run events; We need stars to attract sponsors. But I also think that the stars actually help the automated movie.

Jungzen, a former film critic who took over from co-directors Nadja Shieldkonchet and Carl Spoori in 2000, acknowledged that “traveling was a challenge” this year, although the festival still attracted about 100,000 viewers, up 2% from last year. .

“I was 46 when they called me and it was the right time to do something new,” he admits, adding that his background comes in handy when moderating masterclasses with his guests.

“It’s about sharing your appreciation with those you reward. I started as a cashier in a movie theater and I love its environment. We weren’t sure if people were ready to come back, but we never had this ‘identity crisis’. For us, there were only two options: either we do a physical version or we don’t do it at all. We are proponents of theatrical experience, “he noted, adding that while he added more openly to the French-speaking world with Zurich,” the DNA remains the same. “

“Our winners are much smaller than most festivals. We try to help new filmmakers, show the most anticipated titles and help young people connect with established players from the industry. ”

The festival also continues to support the enthusiasm of those who have already presented their films at the festival, whether with this year’s winner Carpigano and even Carrie Joji Fukunaga, “No Time to Kill”.

“He was already in our competition with his debut‘ Sean Number ’, so he must be someone related to Zurich,” Jungen said, adding that hosting a bond premiere at the festival was also “excellent”.

“It was like a boy’s dream. On the first day, 30,000 people wanted to buy a ticket at the same moment. It was nice to see, because, let’s face it, we’re not The Rolling Stone! All I want to do with this festival is save the movie. I keep saying that cinema halls are like relatives – you just have to see them from time to time.

Full list of awards:

Feature Film Competition: “A Chiara” by Jonas Carpigano


Clint Bentley’s “Jockey”

“A White Cow Ballad” by Behtash Sanaiha and Maryam Mogaddam

Focus contest: “La Miff”


“Behind the Title” by Daniel Andreas Cesar

Documentary competition: “Life of Ivana” by Renato Boraio Serrano.


Lor Portier’s “Soy Liber”

“Sabaya” by Hogi Heroi

ZFF for Kids – Jury Award: Giles de Maistre’s “Le Loop at Le Lion”

Visitor Award: Dennis Stormer’s “Youth Topia”

Zurich Church Film Awards: Fred Bailiff’s “La Miff”

Science Film Award: “All Light, Everywhere” by Theo Antony

Emerging Swiss Talent Award (Critics Award): Andreas Fontana’s “Azor”

Best International Film Music: Andri Mordovsky for David Vargas’ “Itikuta Negra”

Honorary awards given during the 17th ZFF:

Golden Icon: Sharon Stone

Game Changer Award: Pamela Abdi

A Tribute To… Award: Paolo Sorrentino

Career Achievement Award: Michael Dana

Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Schrader

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