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Germinal Roaux and Sophie Huber win Swiss Filmmaker Awards

Prize supports upcoming Swiss film projects.

Swiss directors Germinal Roaux and Sophie Huber won the second Filmmaker Awards at this year’s Zurich Film Festival.

The prize, offered by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland, offers support to Swiss film projects in the production and post-production stages.

Roaux received $77,500 (CHF75,000) for his feature Fortuna, while Huber received $26,000 (CHF25,000) for her documentary The Blue Note Project.

The presentation took place at the Iwc gala dinner For The Love Of Cinema, with Uma Thurman presenting the prizes.

Produced by Ruth Waldburger of Vega Film, Fortuna depicts the plight of a 14-year-old teenage girl from Eritrea as she arrives in Switzerland.

Produced by Hercil Bundi and Susanne Guggenberger of Mira Film, Huber’s documentary tells the story of the legendary American jazz record label.

This year’s jury was made up of director Marc Forster, Zff artistic director Karl Spoerri and Iwc CEO Georges Kern.
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Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards

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Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards
I Am The Keeper, Dreamland and Father’s Garden win at Swiss Film Awards; First Saas-Fee Filmfest honours Soldate Jeannette and Love Steaks.

Sabine Boss’ I Am The Keeper (Der Goalie bin ig) was the big winner at this year Swiss Film Awards in Zurich, picking up four prizes for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Marcus Signer) and Best Film Score after being nominated in seven categories.

The production by C-Film Ag and Carac Film, based on the eponymous novel by Pedro Lenz about an ex-junkie’s past catching up with him as he tries to find a way back into normal life, was released by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group in cinemas in the German-speaking part of Switzerland on Feb 6 and has already posted over 68,000 admissions.

The members of the Swiss Film Academy voted to give the Quartz trophy for Best Actress to Ursina Lardi for her performance as a prostitute in Zurich in [link
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Broken Circle Breakdown triumphs in Palm Springs

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Broken Circle Breakdown triumphs in Palm Springs
Updated Jan 12: Lakshmi wins narrative audience award; Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia earns doc honours.

Top brass at the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced on January 12 that Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi (India) had been awarded the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Meanwhile Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (Us) directed by Nicholas Wrathall won the audience award for best documentary feature.

In the juried awards announced on January 11, Felix van Groeningen’s shortlisted Belgian foreign language Oscar contender The Broken Circle Breakdown won the Fipresci Prize for best foreign language film of the year at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 11.

Mads Mikkelsen of Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar shortlisted Danish feature The Hunt won the Fipresci Prize for the best actor of the year in a foreign language film, while Bérénice Bejo took the corresponding actress honour for Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian Oscar submission The Past.

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Broken Circle triumphs at Palm Springs

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Broken Circle triumphs at Palm Springs
Felix van Groeningen’s shortlisted Belgian foreign language Oscar contender The Broken Circle Breakdown won the Fipresci Prize for best foreign language film of the year at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 11.

Mads Mikkelsen of Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar shortlisted Danish featureThe Hunt won the Fipresci Prize for the best actor of the year in a foreign language film, while Bérénice Bejo took the corresponding actress honour for Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian Oscar submission The Past.

Andrea Pallaoro prevailed in the New Voices/New Visions contest for his Us film Medeas and a special mention went to Left Foot Right Foot (Switzerland), by Germinal Roaux.

The Cine Latino Award was presented to two films: Amat Escalante’s Heli (Mexico) and David Trueba’s Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Spain). Sebastian Lelio’s Colombian film Gloria earned a special mention.

The John Schlesinger Award for a first-time documentary film-maker/s went to [link
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