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European Films Top the Zurich Film Festival Awards

European Films Top the Zurich Film Festival Awards

European films were the big winners at the 6th Zurich Film Festival, which just wrapped last night, October 3. The jury for the International Feature Competition, headed by Frank Langella, awarded Srdjan Kolijevic’s Serbian drama “The Woman with a Broken Nose,” with their top prize, the Golden Eye for Best Film.

The Golden Eye for Best German-Language Film meanwhile went to the filmmaking debut of Germany’s Florian Cossen, “Das Lied in mir.” The jury cited the film as a “convincing and unique implementation of its human subject matter, which deals with the protagonist’s loss of identity and her battle to re-orientate her life.”

The Documentary Film Jury chose to award their Golden Eye to Janus Met’s Danish documentary “Armadillo,” named after a base in Afghanistan where soldiers from Denmark are fighting against the Taliban. The acclaimed film came to Zurich following screenings at the Cannes, Karlovy and Toronto festivals. The Jury also gave a special mention to Lixin Fan’s festival favorite “Last Train Home.”

Other award dolled out, included the Critics Choice Award of the Swiss Association of Film Journalists who selected Agnes Kocsis’ Hungarian film “Pal Adrienn,” as the best film in the International Feature Competition; Variety’s New Talent Award presented to “Adem” (Oxygen), from Belgian director Hans van Nuffel; and the Audience Award, awarded to Mike Schaerer’s Swiss film “Stationspiraten.”

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