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Darius Marder’s debut feature Sound of Metal won the Golden Eye for best film at the 2019 Zurich International Film Festival. In the pic, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Riz Ahmed stars as a drummer dealing with the sudden loss of his hearing.
The Zurich fest jury, which was headed by director Oliver Stone, announced the winners Saturday. Special mention went to Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth, Just 6.5 from director Saeed Roustaee and Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day.
Danish star Trine Dyrholm took home best actress honors for her commanding performance in May el-Toukhy’s Queen of Hearts, in which she plays a successful career woman who seduces her own stepson.
The prize for best director went to first-timer David Zonana for Workforce, which follows a construction worker in Mexico City working on the building site of a luxury home. The film had its world premiere in Toronto’s Platform sidebar.
Alexander Nanau’s Collective, a look at a Romanian newspaper investigation into hospital corruption, was awarded the Golden Eye for best documentary, while the trophy for best German-language feature went to Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher, which is Germany’s entry in the best international feature film Oscar category.
Zurich film fans awarded the audience prize to Volunteer from directors Anna Thommen and Lorenz Nufer.
The award for best international series went to the Israeli drama Just for Today, which was created by Nir Bergman and Ram Nehari.
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