Four Swiss film projects have been nominated for the Filmmaker Award by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland (Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz), which was founded by film director Marc Forster, IWC replica watches uk CEO Georges Kern, the directors of the Zurich Film Festival Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, and the CEO of Ringier, Marc Walder. The award will be presented for the first time on 26 September 2015 at the IWC gala evening during the Zurich Film Festival and is intended to give a boost to the Swiss film industry. The chairman of the jury will be none other than Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.
There’s a lively filmmaking industry in Switzerland, employing many talented people. However, the financial backing required to see projects through to the end is often lacking; this is particularly the case in the late production stages,” says Georges Kern, CEO of fake watches manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. To bridge this gap, Georges Kern and the co-directors of the Zurich Film Festival, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, the CEO of Ringier, Marc Walder, and director Marc Forster got together in December 2014 to create the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland. The non-profit organization’s activities centre on the presentation of the Filmmaker Award. Swiss filmmakers were able to enter their cinema projects for the first time this spring in a bid to win the CHF 10,000 prize. Films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes in length requiring peak or post-production financing could be entered.
The entries have been narrowed down to four finalists by the Association’s jury, whose members are Marc Forster, Georges Kern, Karl Spoerri and their celebrity chairman, two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. The four works competing for the Filmmaker Award are: Europe, She Loves; Goliath; Und Morgen Seid Ihr Tot; and Waffenläufer. “All four films impressed us with their bold approach to the unusual Tag Heuer replica, their originality and their professionalism. Each of these productions also has the potential to wow audiences outside Switzerland,” says Karl Spoerri in conclusion. The award ceremony will take place at the IWC gala dinner on 26 September, held as part of the Zurich Film Festival, for which IWC Schaffhausen is a co-partner.
THE FOUR NOMINEES AND THEIR PROJECTS
Europe, She Loves
Producer: Lisa Blatter (2:1 Film GmbH), Andreas Hörl (lüthje schneider hörl | FILM)
Director: Jan Gassmann
Director Jan Gassmann and his small team travelled 20,000 kilometres in a bus to film portraits of couples in Seville, Dublin, Tallinn, Zagreb and Thessaloniki. The result is a semi-fictional political documentary about Europe during the economic crisis, and portrays the daily struggle for Hublot replica sale survival of five couples who use their reserves of wit and love. The storyline of the film, which is now in post-production, moves cleverly between fiction and documentary. The intimate camerawork and the bleak atmosphere are striking.
Producers: Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec (CognitoFilms)
Director: Dominik Locher
Goliath tells the tale of the young David, who is mugged while on the way home with his pregnant girlfriend. This leaves him feeling like a Breitling replica watches weakling. Rendered insecure in his role as a man and father-to-be, he pumps himself full of anabolic steroids – only to turn into a threat to his family, who he had actually wanted to impress and protect. Goliath began shooting in July 2015, and is directed by Dominik Locher, who trained at Zurich University of the Arts and the American Film Institute and is considered to be one of Switzerland’s most promising directors.
Und Morgen Seid Ihr Tot (Tomorrow You’ll Be Dead)
Producer: Bernhard Burgener, Norbert Preuss (Kontraproduktion AG)
Director: Michael Steiner
This film tells the true story of Daniela Widmer and David Och, two Swiss citizens kidnapped by the Taliban in July 2011 while on a trip along Pakistan’s historic Silk Road. After eight months in captivity they managed to make their escape. According to the gripping script, the film will tackle the Rolex replica uk difficult time after their return to Switzerland and examine the events that took place in Pakistan. Shooting is planned to start in India in February 2016. The film will be directed by well-known Swiss director Michael Steiner (Grounding, Mein Name ist Eugen).
Waffenläufer (The Gun Runner)
Producers: Stefan Eichenberger, Ivan Madeo (CONTRAST FILM)
Director: Hannes Baumgartner
Zurich-based director and winner of the Zurich Film Award Hannes Baumgartner chose a controversial topic for his first movie: his story of Jonas Fischer is based on the real-life tragedy of a famous Swiss Omega replica long-distance runner. At the peak of his sporting career, it is revealed that he has been living an ill-fated double life and is in fact wanted across Switzerland for over two dozen attacks on women, who he robbed, injured or murdered. The Waffenläufer project is currently in the financing stage.