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Maïwenn to receive A Tribute to... Award in Zurich

The Zurich Film Festival honours the French director, producer and actress for her contribution to the resurgence of auteur cinema, and screens her directorial works in a retrospective. Maïwenn receives the award on 01 October and presents her most recent film ADN (DNA).

Born in Paris, Maïwenn is one of the most exciting voices of contemporary French auteur cinema. Having begun her career as an actress at the beginning of the eighties, she soon appeared in such large-scale productions as LÉON and THE FIFTH ELEMENT. She has worked as a director since 2004, and won the Jury Prize at Cannes for POLISSE 2011, as well as two Césars in 2012. She is the spearhead of a new generation of auteur filmmakers telling often autobiographical stories.
“Maïwenn is one of French cinema’s most multifaceted filmmakers. She writes her own screenplays and often plays a role in and directs her own movies. With her finger on the pulse of time, her stories spring straight from life and resonate with an urgency that captivates audiences,” explained Artistic Director Christian Jungen. “She is also a gifted director who is able to get the very best from her character actors.”     

Maïwenn will receive the award on 01 October at the Arthouse Le Paris theatre, and discuss her career during a ZFF Masters session on the same day. Furthermore, she will present her most recent autobiographical film ADN (DNA), in which she also plays the leading role. The film revolves around an Algerian-born Frenchwoman who, after the death of her Algerian grandfather, longs to discover more about his homeland. Fanny Ardant, Louis Garrel and Marine Vacth embody further characters in the film. This is Maïwenn’s second visit to the ZFF after presenting her relationship drama MON ROI as a Gala Premiere in 2015.    

The ZFF screens Maïwenn’s early directorial works PARDONNEZ-MOI (2006), LE BAL DES ACTRICES (2009), POLISSE (2011) and MON ROI (2015) in a retrospective. Distributed by Frenetic Films, her most recent movie ADN (DNA) hits cinemas in French-speaking Switzerland on October 28.

The Zurich Film Festival presents The A Tribute to... Award to auteur filmmakers for their contribution to film history. Former recipients include Wim Wenders, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke and Oliver Stone.

The 16th edition of the ZFF takes place from 24 September until 04 October 2020. 





Maïwenn Biography

An actress since childhood, Maïwenn began her directorial career in 2004 with the short film I'M AN ACTRICE. Her debut feature film PARDONNEZ-MOI, the sequel to her show LE POIS CHICHE, followed two years later. After her fictitious documentary film LE BAL DES ACTRICES in 2009, Maïwenn directed POLISSE (2011) and MON ROI (2015), both of which won awards at Cannes – the former the Jury Award, the latter the Award for Best Actress.



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September 26 - October 6, 2019

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