Launched in 2005, the Zurich Film Festival has soon become of the most important international film festivals in Europe. Last year, approximately 85’000 visitors and more than 500 accredited journalists attended the festival’s screenings.
From 22 September to 2 October 2016, a total of 172 productions from 36 countries, including 43 debut works and not less than 17 world premieres and a record number of Swiss films, will screen over the 11 days of this years Zurich Film Festival.
Get in the mood for the Zurich Film Festival 2016 by watching a series of trailers chosen by VERTIGO.
BEST TRAILERS ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2016
BEAU SÉJOUR by Nathalie Basteyns and Kaat Beels (Belgium, 2016)
Life is burning in Kato’s dead eyes. Horrified, the young woman gasps for air before realising that she is lying in a pool of her own blood. She cannot remember a thing about last night’s party. As Kato leaves the Beau Séjour hotel, it is slowly dawning on her that she had been murdered. Why, then, is it that she is still moving among the living? And how come some of her relatives can still see her? Whether she is a ghost or not, Kato is determined to get to the bottom of her own murder, and dives deep beneath the surface of her apparently peaceful village community.
DANCER by Steven Cantor (UK, 2016)
The extraordinarily talented Ukranian dancer Sergei Polunin is considered to be the Enfant Terrible of the ballet scene – as well as the best his generation has to offer. He had just turned 19 when he became the primo ballerino at London’s Royal Ballet. Of humble origins, Sergei was sent to London at the tender age of 13 with his family’s hopes pinned upon him. Young and full of ambition at the time, Sergei battled with exhaustion and inner torment for years to come. On the verge of giving up dance entirely in 2014, he captured the world’s attention with his viral dance video ‘Take me to Church’ directed by US photographer David LaChapelle.
THE WORLD OF US by Yoon Ga-eun (South Korea, 2016)
10-year old Sun is the outsider in her class. Wherefore she is delighted when newcomer Jia befriends her. The two dissimilar girls spend the summer holidays together – they seem inseperable, tell each other their deepest secrets and visit each other’s homes. However, when the new school year begins, everyday reality puts their relationship to the test.
EGON SCHIELE – TOD UND MÄDCHEN by Dieter Berner (Austria, Luxemburg, 2016)
A European biographic movie for art lovers: Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work were driven by beautiful women and an era that was coming to an end. Two women had a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalised in his famous painting ‘Death and the Maiden’. Schiele’s radical paintings scandalised Viennese society while daring artists like Gustav Klimt and art agents alike were sensing the exceptional.
NERUDA by Pablo Larraín (Chile, France, Spain, Argentina, 2016)
Chile, 1948. With the onset of the Cold War, President Gonzalez Videla’s political policies become increasingly right wing. The world-renowned poet Pablo Neruda, who despite fame and fortune is committed to communism, must flee underground after publicly denouncing the president. Police officer Oscar (Gael García Bernal) is given the task of arresting him, but Neruda remains one step ahead at all times.
THE SALESMAN / FORUSHANDE by Asghar Farhadi (Iran, France, 2016)
Emad and Rana are evacuated from their apartment block, which is in danger of collapsing. The young couple soon find a new place to live, and everything seems fine. One odd thing, however, remains: despite several attempts to contact the previous tenant, she still has not picked up most of her possessions. One day, after waiting for her husband to return from work, Rana opens the door and is faced with a nasty surprise. The incident takes a sinister turn that will change Emad and Rana’s relationship forever.
MA VIE DE GOURGETT by Claude Barras (Switzerland, France, 2016)
After losing his mother in a tragic accident, Icare alias Courgette ends up in an orphanage where he finds himself having a hard time settling in. Surrounded by tough bullies, Courgette has to earn his place beside little loudmouth Simon and his friends Ahmed, Jujube, Alice and Béatrice. However, everything changes when one day Camille arrives, a fearless girl who refuses to be pushed around by anybody.
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