The 8th Zurich Film Festival winners were announced Saturday, September 29, during a crowded awards ceremony held at Zurich’s Opera House. “Breaking Horizons,” directed by Pola Beck, won the Golden Eye Award for German language feature film; “Der Prozess,” directed by Gerald Igor Haezenberger, took the Golden Eye in German language documentary; Rufus Norris’ “Broken” won for best international feature film; and Bart Layton’s “The Imposter” took the Golden Eye for international documentary film.
“Appasionista,” a documentary by Christian Labhart, won the audience award, while the drama “El Ultimo Elvis,” by Armando Bo, is the festival’s critic’s winner.
The ceremony also honored Richard Gere, who took home the ZFF’s Golden Icon award; John Travolta and Helen Hunt, who were given Golden Eye awards; Jerry Weintraub, who was honored with a career achievement award; and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, who received a special tribute to laud his years of work.
The festival took place September 20-30 and showcased 111 films, the largest program in the event’s history. The festival also saw an increase in guests, screenings and awards.