Last night, Hollywood actor James Marsden presented the third Filmmaker Award at the IWC gala dinner entitled “For the Love of Cinema” as part of the 13th Zurich Film Festival. The jury chose “Paradise War” as the winning lm from the three nalists. The award, endowed with a CHF 100,000 prize, was established by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland (Verein zur Filmförderung in der Schweiz) with the aim of supporting Swiss lm projects in an advanced stage of production.
James Marsden became known to wider audiences through his portrayal of the Cyclops in three X-Men lms. The US actor from Oklahoma recently wowed audiences in his role as Teddy Flood in the successful TV series “Westworld”. Marsden also premiered his new lm “Shock and Awe”, directed by Rob Reiner, at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF). The Hollywood star later presented the third Filmmaker Award at the IWC gala dinner entitled “For the Love of Cinema”, which was held at the Aura restaurant in Zurich as part of the ZFF. “It’s a real honour for me to be here to present this prize. The Filmmaker Award plays an import- ant role in bringing creative projects by Swiss lmmakers to the big screen,” said Marsden.
“PARADISE WAR” WINS THE THIRD FILMMAKER AWARD
Three film projects were nominated for the award, but the jury chose “Paradise War” as the winner. This feature lm produced by Valentin Greutert tells the eventful story of Swiss-born Bruno Manser, who spent many years in Malaysia. Here, he joined the indigenous Penan people in their non-violent battle against deforestation of the rain- forest, which is the home to many endangered species such as the orangutan. Manser disappeared without trace during his last visit to the rainforest and has remained
missing to this day. The film is directed by Niklaus Hilber (“Amateur Teens”), and shooting is scheduled to begin soon. As well as the Filmmaker Award, the famous Swiss director also received an IWC Portugieser Automatic watch (Ref. IW500703). “The projects submitted this year were of such high quality and so diverse that it was again dif cult for us to choose a winner. We hope that the Filmmaker Award will help bring Bruno Manser’s story to cinema screens in Switzerland as well as abroad,” said CEO of IWC, Christoph Grainger-Herr at the award ceremony.
A CRUCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROMOTION OF FILM
The Filmmaker Award, endowed with a CHF 100,000 prize, was established by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland. Co-directors of the ZFF, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, CEO of Ringier, Marc Walder, and CEO of IWC, Christoph Grainger-Herr, are all part of the asso- ciation. The award aims to support exciting projects by Swiss lmmakers in the challenging stages of production or post-production. By doing so, it is helping to close a gap in lm funding. In addition to the winner, “Paradise War”, the other nominees for the award were “Le vent tourne” by Pauline Gygax and Max Karli, and “Der Unschuldige” by Aurelius Eisenreich and Tolga Dilsiz. The two winning projects from last year – “Fortuna” by Germinal Roaux and “Das Blue Note Projekt” by Sophie Huber – have since been completed and will soon be released internationally.
AWARD CEREMONY AT THE IWC GALA DINNER
The prize was awarded in a ceremony at the IWC gala dinner entitled “For the Love of Cinema” in the Aura restaur- ant and club in Zurich. Well-known TV presenter Sandra Studer hosted the evening. Pepe Lienhard and his orches- tra provided the musical entertainment, interpreting hits from famous lms. Along with representatives of the Swiss and international lm industry, IWC also invited numerous personalities from the world of media, art, business and politics to attend the event. The watchmaking company from Schaffhausen has a strong commitment to lmmakers and cinema, and is not only involved in the ZFF but also supports lm festivals in London, New York, Peking, Dubai and Toronto. This was IWC’s fourth time as cooperating partner of the Zurich Film Festival.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The com- pany has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at their nest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people, and maintains partnerships with organizations dedicated to environmental protection.