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“Kings of the World”, the victory of the Stuntwomen at the Zurich Film Festival

Laura Mora’s “Kings of the World” won Best Film at the Zurich Film Festival.

The jury, chaired by Asghar Farhadi and including Cleo Barnard, Daniel Dreyfus, Petra Volpe and Peodor Gustafsson, is taken with the upcoming drama about young friends living on the streets of Medellin, which triumphs in San Sebastian as we will. Film Factory Entertainment handles sales.

“I am so glad the jury voted for it. I am convinced that this film will stand the test of time,” said Artistic Director Christian Jungen. diverse.

It shows that film can be an art form, but it also offers a social critique of the situation in Colombia. Wherever the poor are, ordinary people cannot easily access their rights.”

The idea for the story came to Maura during her premiere of “Killing Jesus,” she said diverse Back in August.

Over 90 boys we interviewed all shared a terrible feeling of exclusion, and the certainty of having no future. Yet almost like a deep and beautiful paradox, it was full of life, sometimes illusory dreams, and always associated with the same desire: an obsession for a place in the world, in the literal and symbolic sense.

“From there, questions arose that I had always asked myself about violence related to land tenure. The nerve center of the conflict in Colombia is precisely the following: the struggle of the people who were dispossessed of their land by landowners, big elites and armed groups, who formed the basis of a deeply unequal and painful society. “.

Also noted is the discovery of Gina Gammell and Riley Keough in Ali Asgari’s “The Dowry War” and “Until Tomorrow”.

The documentary “Stuntwomen” by director Elena Avdija won the Focus competition, featuring films from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and led by Christine Vachon as chairperson of the jury. After acrobatic thrillers Virginie Arno, Petra Sprecher and Estelle Peggy, Avdega calls up the “cartel-like” professional stunt industry and storylines of events that perpetuate the image of women as victims of violence.


Courtesy of Elena Avdega

Cinema is fascinated by sexual violence. We would like to see women suffer, kidnapped or raped.”

“Stuntwomen are more than just the characters they play.”

Finally, Red Harkness’s “Sam Now” was selected as the best documentary, with special reference to Carmen Jacquer’s “Thunder”. As noted by critics, the latter was awarded the Jaquier Prize for Swiss Emerging Talents and the Zurich Churches Film Prize. “Becoming Giulia” by Laura Kahr won the Audience Award.

According to Jungen, audiences have returned in “unexpected numbers” this year.

“We had 137,000 admissions, which is 20,000 more than our record year in 2019. People are excited to watch movies en masse and filmmakers are ready to travel. I was talking to Louis Garrel that day and he saw Kirill Serebnikov on the street, and they greeted each other. It’s good To have directors in town,” he said.

Only Ben Kingsley, who was forced to cancel his trip while recovering from COVID, served as a painful reminder that the pandemic is still going on.

“In the past two years I have learned that there are things you cannot control. But he promised to come and accept the award in person next year. When I looked into his eyes, I felt that this was an honest man,” Jungen noted.

“Sam Now”

Courtesy of Red Harkness

He added that while there is a need for upbeat entertainment and the festival is trying to please it with a slew of new comedies, the organizers are not completely shying away from politics.

We showed Jafar Panahi’s song “Do Not Bear” as we stand in solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian filmmakers. You can’t keep the festival in a bubble, because cinema is a reflection of life. It was special, starting with “The Swimmers,” a movie about refugees at a time when Zurich was full of cars with Ukrainian license plates.”

However, boycotting Russian films was never an option.

“I’m against boycott,” Jongin said.

“When Serebrenkov presented his last film in Zurich, Leto, he could not have been here. He was under house arrest. Does anyone help when we suppress or abolish Russian directors? We will not invite Russian officials, of course, but we are against the abolition of culture.”

And while the festival screened Ulrich Seidl’s “Rimini,” his follow-up “Sparta” was recently pulled from Toronto amid allegations of misconduct and child exploitation.

If you see a crime, please report it to the police. But it is not the role of the festival to judge the directors. Canceling a movie is not the right way to handle such a situation. At the end of the day, art should be free.”

The 18th edition of the Zurich Film Festival will conclude on 2 October.

Full list of awards:

Feature Film Competition
Best movie: “Kings of the World”
Special Note: “The Dowry War” by Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, and “Until Tomorrow” by Ali Asgari

Focus competition:
Best Movie: Stuntwomen
Special Note: “Thunder” by Carmen Jacquier

Documentary competition:
Best Movie: “Sam Now”
Special Note: “The New State of Greatness” by Anna Shechova and “The Murder of a Journalist” by Matt Sarnicki

Swiss Emerging Talent Award (Critics Award): “thunder”

ZFF Kids – Jury Prize: “Lucy Est Getzt Gangster” by Till Endemann

Audience Award: “Become Julia” by Laura Kahr

Science Film Award: “Territory” by Alex Pritz

Zurich Churches Film Award: “thunder”

Best International Film Music: Robert IJserinkhuijsen

Tribute to… Prize: Luca Guadagnino

Golden Icon Award: Sir Ben Kingsley

Career Achievement Award: Rachel Portman

Golden Eye Award: Charlotte Gainsburg

Golden Eye Award: Eddie Redmayne

Game Changer Award: Michael Parker and Tom Bernard

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