Peter Fonda to lead Zurich festival jury
Fourth edition opening with 'Baader Meinhof Komplex'MUNICH -- The fourth Zurich Film Festival is flexing its muscles on the European circuit with its announcement of a jury led by Peter Fonda as well as master classes by and lifetime achievement awards for Sylvester Stallone and Costa-Gavras.
USA Today film critic Claudia Puig, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" producer Stephen Nemeth, "Superman Returns" screenwriter Michael Dougherty, "Amelie" editor Herve Schneid, Swiss director-producer Andrea Staka and Israeli filmmaker Dror Shaul round out the jury.
Zurich also is honing its brand by focusing on filmmakers who have made fewer than four movies. The master classes, held in public for the cream of the young German-speaking filmmaking crop, will be conducted by Stallone, Costa-Gavras, Palme D'Or winner Ken Loach, Norwegian director Bent Hamer, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" composer Tan Dun and German director Andreas Dresen.
The festival boasts two world premieres among its 70 films, including "Boy of Pigs," the debut feature by U.S. director William Olsson. The festival opens with the international premiere of Uli Edel's "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex."
Competition films will be chosen in the categories of best debut feature, best new feature (open only to second- and third-time helmers) and best new documentary.
The festival is set for Sept. 25-Oct. 5.