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Zurich Film Festival


Zurich Film Festival offers its 79’000 visitors insight into the work of the most exciting and promising filmmakers from around the world. In the International Documentary and Feature Film Competitions emerging directors have the opportunity to present their films in Zurich to the wide attention of the entire German-language market. Participants include both rising and renowned filmmakers as well as buyers, sellers, distributors, media professionals and industry leaders.



The Zurich Film Festival gala premiere lineup has been revealed.











Illustrious ZFF Gala Premieres
New films from Juan Antonio Bayona, David Mackenzie, John Michael McDonagh


In addition to the feature films SNOWDEN, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS and DEEPWATER HORIZON, which have already been announced, the 12th Zurich Film Festival can now confirm several more illustrious Gala Premieres. The ZFF will screen the latest films from such internationally renowned directors as Juan Antonio Bayona, David Mackenzie and John Michael McDonagh.

Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Shia LaBeouf
Star (Sasha Lane) is trapped in a life far from perfect. Then she falls head over heels in love with Jake (Shia LaBeouf), before embarking with him and a band of misfits who live by their own rules on an adventurous journey to freedom. The start of a quest to find the boundaries of a powerful young love and a road trip into the heart of America.

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast: Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall
The young Conor O'Malley has to deal with his mother’s incurable illness and put up with being bullied by his classmate Harry. One evening he encounters a monster in the form of a tree (voice: Liam Neeson) who has come to tell him stories.

Director: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Maria-Vitoria Dragus
Despite all the principles a Rumanian doctor taught his daughter, he turns to unfair means when it comes to her final exams. An intimate and socially critical drama.

Director: Steven Cantor
Cast: Sergei Polunin
As the British-based Royal Ballet’s youngest primo ballerino, Sergei Polunin has taken the world of dance by storm – but success has its price. Steven Cantor’s documentary film casts an unusual eye on the life of this complex young man, who seems to be on the verge of breaking under the burden of his talent.

Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Katy Mixon
Two brothers’ vain attempts to save their farm in western Texas by planning several bank robberies is thwarted by ranger Marcus and his partner, who begin a life and death chase where being caught is not an option.

Director: Roberto Andò
Cast: Toni Servillo, Marie-Josée Croze, Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen
A G8 meeting is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. The world's most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead…

Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro, Mercedes Morán
Accused of treason by the Chilean government, the poet Pablo Neruda must now flee, leading his persecutors down endless blind alleys. A biopic thriller with Film Noir elements.

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Cast: Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson
This darkly humorous action film sees Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård embody two politically incorrect chaos cops who become increasingly entangled in a web of blackmail, abduction and drugs such as could not be imagined in their wildest LSD-fuelled nightmares.






About Zurich Film Festival

September 26 - October 6, 2019

The Zurich Film Festival presents the most promising new filmmakers and films.

The competition comprises of the following three categories:

  • International Feature Film Competition
  • International Documentary Film Competition
  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)

Furthermore the Zurich Film Festival includes other fascinating sections:
-Border Lines
-New World View
-Gala Premieres
-Special Screenings
-ZFF for Kids

Call for Entries! Submit your film now and take a chance to screen your film at the Zurich Film Festival 2019.

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