TODAY MARKS THE CELEBRATORY START OF THE ZURICH’S FILM FESTIVAL 16TH EDITIONS 2020

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TODAY MARKS THE CELEBRATORY START OF THE ZURICH’S FILM FESTIVAL 16TH EDITIONS 2020


#Spotlight

A Swiss movie basks in the Opening Night limelight: the ZFF opens today with the world premiere screening of Bettina Oberli’s humorous drama MY WONDERFUL WANDA. Based on Max Frisch’s dictum “We called for workers and people came”, the film takes a critical look at Swiss society through the eyes of an immigrant woman. In addition to cast and crew, Federal Councillor Alain Berset, Mayor of Zurich Corine Mauch, and a stream of other guests from the fields of culture and politics are expected at the Opening Night. The film opens to the general public tomorrow (Friday).

#FilmTips

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS by Eliza Hittman

The „Feature Film Competition“ kicks off with NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS. A perfectly balanced blend of neo-realism and movie magic, this U.S. indie drama packs a reel motion picture punch: it has already triumphed at Sundance and scooped an important Berlinale award. A previously recorded Q&A session with director Eliza Hittman can be seen after the screening (18:15, Kosmos 1).

TIME by Garrett Bradley

The impressive long-term documentary film TIME tells the story of a woman who has fought for decades for the release of her husband who is serving a 60-year prison sentence. A skilfully shot, deeply moving criticism of the American justice system (21:00, Kosmos 6).

ULYSSE & MONA by Sébastien Betbeder

The „New World View“ section is dedicated this year to France’s newest generation of filmmakers. Our insider’s tip from the programme is ULYSSE & MONA, a thoroughly charming tragicomedy starring the fantastic acting duo Eric Cantona and Manal Issa who take us on a journey into the absurd (21:45, Kosmos 5).

#NotToMiss

Films for family & kids

In the “ZFF for Kids” section, we show ten exciting family films from Europe, East Asia, Australia and the USA. As well as offering thrilling entertainment for the whole family, the films also offer insight into current global issues. The films are screened in their original languages and simultaneously translated into German.

#GoodToKnow

  • Please find all information about our protection plan at zff.com/protection-plan
  • An overview of today’s films can be found on our homepage. The link to ticket sales and information about the attendance of filmmakers can be found on the respective film’s detail page.
  • Autograph hunters and all those who want to catch a glimpse of the great and the good of the film industry can visit the “Fan Zone” section for info about the Green Carpet and details on how to register for the fan zone. 
  • Sold out is not always sold out: returned tickets go on sale approx. 15 minutes before the start of each film. They can be purchased at the Festival Centre.

Audience Award: our viewers vote for their competition film favourite; the winner receives our coveted Audience Award during the Award Night. Simply visit zff.com/vote to vote online after viewing a film.

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