One hundred thousand movie fans, industry folk, and movie stars descended on Switzerland for the 13th annual Zurich Film Festival for 11 days of movies, parties, interviews, and master classes. It opened with a bang, featuring the long-awaited movie, Borg McEnroe, the biographical sports drama starring Shia LeBeouf and Swedish heartthrob Sverrir Gudnason. Showing support for the film, tennis icon Roger Federer walked the Green Carpet (Zurich’s preferred hue over the standard red) before joining the festivities at the upmarket Globus department store, where the party was held. Guests dined on an array of Zurich’s finest delicacies to the beat of
Mindfood was on hand to chat with Glenn Close about her new movie, The Wife (opening in Australia next year). Watch for our story on the esteemed actress which will coincide with the release next July. Fashion icon Alicia Vikander was there to present her new movie, Euphoria, and she also took time out to deliver a Master Class. Other names at the festival included Jake Gyllenhaal, who was there to present his movie, Stronger. Controversial director Roman Polanski returned to Zurich (eight years ago he was detained at the airport on a US warrant for his arrest for the rape of a 13 year old girl in 1977). Polanski presented his latest thriller, Based on a True Story, starring his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.
The star-studded festival was also attended by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, who fall in love and change the world in their upcoming movie, Breathe (directed by Andy Serkis).
It was also fun to see our own Simon Baker struggling with some over-enthusiastic fans on the Green Carpet when he presented his directorial debut, Breath, a surfing drama, which he also wrote and in which he stars.
Celebrities mingled at the ultra-glam Dior party, where champagne flowed as well as lobster canapes. Other star-spotting venues included such glamorous hotels as Baur Au Lac, and The Dolder Grand. The other hotel frequented by many in this famed city, known for its cleanliness, art galleries, and museums, is the charming Hotel Glockenhof, with its renowned restaurant the Glogge Egge.
After attending the Zurich Film Festival, Venice, Cannes, and Toronto should be casting a wary eye on their formidable little sister. Check out some of the images below.