Zurich Film Festival: 'Carol' Producer Elizabeth Karlsen to Head Jury


Directors Yann Demange and Katja von Garnier, French producer Rosa Attab and German actress Maria Furtwaengler will also judge Zurich's competition films.

Producer Elizabeth Karlsen, whose work includes Todd Haynes' award-season favorite Carol, Mike Newell's Great Expectations and Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, will head up this year's international feature film jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Karlsen, along with directors Yann Demange ('71) and Katja von Garnier (Blood and Chocolate), French producer Rosa Attab and German actress Maria Furtwaengler, will judge the 15 titles in this year's competition lineup.

Highlights of the Zurich feature competition this year include Marielle Heller's Sundance favorite The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Venice festival entries A War, from Tobias Lindholm, and Gabriel Mascaro's Neon Bull.

The jury will pick this year's Golden Eye best film winner, who will receive $25,700 (CHF 25,000) in prize money as well as distribution support for a Swiss release.

Zurich also unveiled its expert juries for the festival's documentary film and German-language feature sidebars. French producer Catherine Dussart (September 11) will head the documentary jury, alongside directors Abbas Fahdel (We Iraqis), Havana Marking (Afghan Star) and Alexander Nanau (Toto and His Sisters) and editor Joelle Alexis (The Green Prince).

German producer Nico Hofmann, whose credits include feature film The Physician and TV series Deutschland '83, will be president of the focus: Switzerland, Germany Austria jury, which judges German-language titles in this year's selection. He is joined by actors Alexander Fehling (Homeland) and Birgit Minichmayr (The White Ribbon) and directors Anika Decker (Traumfrauen) and Nick Brandestini (Children of the Arctic).

The winner of the Golden Eye for best documentary will also receive a $25,700 cash bursary, while the top film in the German-language category will take home $20,500 (CHF 20,000).

The 11th Zurich International Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.