Zurich Film Fest: 'Rams,' ‘Mediterranea’ and ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Take Top Prizes


The Swiss festival closed after a slew of tributes to international guests including Steve Golin and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Zurich Film Fest closed after a wealth of ceremonies and tributes for international guests.

Anonymous Content CEO Steve Golin was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Kiefer Sutherland and Mike Leigh were given tribute Golden Eye awards. German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl also took home a lifetime achievement award. And Arnold Schwarzenegger received the festival’s Golden Icon Award.

The winner of the best film in the international competition, winner of the 11th Zurich Film Fest Golden Eye, is Rams by Grimur Hakonarson. The tragicomedy depicts two brothers in a remote Icelandic village who must come to terms after 40 years of silence to save their prized sheep.

Special Golden Eye mention went to Koudous Seihon, actor in Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, who portrayed a refugee making the dangerous crossing from Africa to Italy. Marielle Heller, director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, also picked up a special mention for her portrayal of a young affair in 1970s San Francisco.

Best documentary went to Los Reyes del Pueblo Que No Existe by Betzabe Garcia, about three families living in a village in Mexico partially submerged by water. Special mention went to Killing Time: Entre Deux Fronts by Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel.

Amateur Teensby Niklaus Hilber won the Audience Award, and Supilinna Salaselts by Margus Paju won the Audience Award for a children’s film.

Among the regional awards, Thank You for Bombing by Barbara Eder won the Golden Eye for Best Film in the Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria section.

Gruber Gehtby Marie Kreutzer also received a special mention in the category.

The Emerging Swiss Talent Award went to The Miracle of Tekir by Ruxandra Zenide.

And the Swiss Association of Film Journalists prize for Best Debut Feature Film in the Competition Section went to Pikaderoby Ben Sharrock. And the Award for Best Treatment went to Stefanie Klemm for Renatas Erwachen