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        ZURICH 2019 Awards

        Record audience numbers for the Zurich Film Festival

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        - US title Sound of Metal and European works Collective and System Crasher dominate the Swiss festival’s winners’ list

        Record audience numbers for the Zurich Film Festival
        The winners of the 15th Zurich Film Festival (? ZFF)

        The 15th edition of the Zurich Film Festival closed on Saturday 5 October with the announcement of the various competition section winners, not to mention the victor of the Audience Award and of the prestigious Golden Icon.

        Sound of Metal (which premiered in Toronto) walked away with the International Feature Film Competition’s Golden Eye, thanks to its captivating and emotionally intense study of a musician who’s losing his hearing, courtesy of America’s Darius Marder. The film’s cast is graced by astonishing actors such as Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Mathieu Amalric. And amongst the three films treated to a Special Mention within this section, we find European work A White, White Day [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Hlynur Pálmason
        film profile
        ]
        (Iceland/Denmark/Sweden) by Hlynur Pálmason.

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        Collective [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        , meanwhile, a Romanian documentary thriller by Alexander Nanau which denounces one of the most shocking corruption scandals to have erupted in the country’s healthcare sector, took home the award for Best Film in the International Documentary Competition, having already screened out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. As for the competitive section “Focus on Switzerland, Germany and Austria”, it was the German work System Crasher [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Nora Fingscheidt
        film profile
        ]
        by Nora Fingscheidt which claimed top spot on the awards podium. Having also scooped the Berlinale’s Alfred Bauer Award earlier in the year, System Crasher is a powerful and moving first film which sees stupendous, upcoming actress Helena Zengel take centre stage. Nora Fingscheidt, for her part, has previously featured in the ZFF Master Class line-up.

        In terms of other accolades, Volunteer [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Anna Thommen and Lorenz Nufer bagged itself the Audience Award, while Too Far Away?by Sarah Winkenstette stole the Golden Eye in the children’s line-up, not forgetting Invisible Sue [+see also:
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        by Germany’s Markus Dietrich which took home the Young Audience Award.

        The Festival’s most prestigious prize, however - the Golden Icon Award – was handed to Cate Blanchett. The ZFF’s co-founders Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri were delighted to welcome the actress to the festival once again, five years on from her first appearance on the banks of the Limmat promoting Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. This year, Cate Blanchett presented her latest film Where’d You Go, Bernadette to ZFF audiences, a work by US director Richard Linklater.

        The full list of winners is as follows:

        International Feature Film Competition

        Golden Eye for Best Film
        Sound of Metal - Darius Marder (US)

        Special Mention
        Babyteeth – Shannon Murphy (Australia)
        Just 6.5 – Saeed Roustaee (Iran)
        A White, White Day [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Hlynur Pálmason
        film profile
        ]
        – Hlynur Pàlmason (Iceland/Denmark/Sweden)

        Mention for Best Actress
        Trine Dyrholm – Queen of Hearts [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: May el-Toukhy
        film profile
        ]
        (Denmark)

        Mention for Best Director
        Mano de obra - David Zonana (Mexico)

        International Documentary Competition

        Golden Eye for Best Film
        Collective [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        - Alexander Nanau (Romania)

        Special Mention
        17 Blocks - Davy Rothbart (US)
        Midnight Family - Luke Lorentzen (US/Mexico)

        “Focus on Switzerland, Germany and Austria” Competition

        Golden Eye for Best Film
        System Crasher [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Nora Fingscheidt
        film profile
        ]
        - Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)

        Special Mention
        Lillian [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Andreas Horvath
        film profile
        ]
        - Andreas Horvath (Austria)

        Other Awards

        Audience Award
        Volunteer [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        - Anna Thommen and Lorenz Nufer (Switzerland)

        Golden Eye ZFF Children’s Competition
        Zu Weit Weg - Sarah Winkenstette (Germany)

        Young Audience Award
        Invisible Sue [+see also:
        trailer
        film profile
        ]
        - Markus Dietrich (Germany)

        Golden Eye for Best International Series
        Just for Today - Nir Bergman and Ram Nehari (Israel)

        Science Film Award
        Paradise War - The Story of Bruno Manser [+see also:
        film review
        trailer
        interview: Niklaus Hilber
        film profile
        ]
        - Niklaus Hilber (Switzerland/Austria)

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        (Translated from Italian)

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