Award Night 17th Zurich Film Festival 2021

As part of the glamorous Award Night, the Golden Eyes, each endowed with a 25,000 CHF cash prize, were presented to the winners of the three competition categories on the 2nd of October 2021 in the evening at the Zurich Opera House. 

The Golden Eye in the Focus Competition went to the Swiss film LA MIF by Fred Baillif. For his authentic social drama set in a home for girls, the director worked with actual residents who co-wrote the script, improvised and delivered impressively uninhibited performances.

The Golden Eye in the Feature Film Competition went to A CHIARA by the Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano. In this neorealist mafia and family drama, 15-year-old Chiara discovers her father’s criminal involvement and delves deep into the milieu of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta in search of answers. 

The jury, presided over by actor Daniel Brühl, gave Special Mentions to the American drama JOCKEY by Clint Bentley and the Iranian-French production BALLAD OF A WHITE COW / GHASIDEYEH GAVE SEFID by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam. 

LIFE OF IVANNA / ZHIZN IVANNY by the Russian-based director Renato Borrayo Serrano won the Golden Eye in the Documentary Film Competition. The doc follows a tough 26-year-old tundra nomad over the course of four years to show her fascinating yet equally harsh reality, and highlights her struggle for the survival of her family. A Special Mention went to the French-Belgian documentary SOY LIBRE by Laure Portier and the Swedish-produced film SABAYA by Hogir Hirori about female IS slaves.

We were happy to attend the wonderful annual event with Zurich Film Festival’s partner – premium department store Jelmoli.

Jelmloli and Festival directors Christian Jungen and Elke Mayer at the Award Night Ceremony of the 17th Zurich Film Festival at Opera House. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images for ZFF
Legendary band Toto at the Green Carpet of the Zurich Film Festival – Joseph Williams
Darya von Bergen Swissglam and Daniel Brühl. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF
Jury member Daniel Brühl. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images for ZFF
Can Çakmur and Dominic Wagner perform on stage during the Award Night. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF
Eric Benét – Montreux All Star Band
Award winners pose on stage during the Award Night Ceremony. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF

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