Judith Hofmann, (“The Innocent”)
“Those Who Work,” (Antoine Russbach)
BEST FILM EDITING
Judith Hofmann and Joel Basman won best actress and actor respectively, Hofmann for her work in Simon Jaquemet’s San Sebastian and Toronto competition player “The Innocent,” and Basman – a former Berlin EFP Shooting Star winner – for his role in Michael Steiner’s “Wolkenbruch.”
“Black Hours,” (Wendy Pillonel)
Two debut features in writer-director Antoine Russbach’s “Those Who Work” and Anja Kofmel’s animated documentary “Chris the Swiss,” were the big winners at Friday night’s Swiss Film Awards, notching three plaudits each.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST FILM SCORE
“Chris the Swiss,” (Anja Kofmel)
BEST FICTION FILM
BEST ANIMATION FILM
HONORARY AWARD
SPECIAL ACADEMY AWARD
BEST ACTOR
Marcel Vaid (“Chris the Swiss”)
Monika Schmid, costume designer, and Su Erdt, production designer, for their historical design in “Zwingli”” />
Beki Probst, Cinema Expert and Cultural Mediator
At Venice, Variety announced that she and her husband Nikola Ilic were preparing “Dida,” a documentary five years in the making, which approaches themes of immigration, learning disabilities and globalization drawn from Nikola's own experiences.
The film scooped the awards for best fiction feature, best screenplay and best performance in a supporting role, which went to Pauline Schneider, a relative newcomer herself.
BEST ACTRESS
Swiss Film Awards 2019
“All Inclusive,” (Corina Schwingruber Ilić)
The decision gets him fired, not for moral reasons, but in the hopes of avoiding a media scandal. Sold by Be For Films, “Those Who Work,” stars Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, who has appeared in every single film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne since 1996’s “La Promesse,” to winning a Cannes best actor award for 2002’s “The Son.” In Russbach’s film Gourmet plays Frank, a 50-something fixer for a company which rents out cargo ships. On a busy day, to prevent a ship being put into quarantine, he rashly orders a stowaway be thrown overboard to certain death.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Previously selected for Cannes Crotics’ Week, and nominated at the European Animation Awards, on Friday it won Swiss Film Awards for best documentary, best score and best editing. and IV Films co-production, with international sales handled by Urban Distribution, Paris. The documentary is an Urban Distribution presentation of a Dchoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Nukleus Film, Ma.Ja.De.
Stefan Kälin (“Chris the Swiss”)
“Those Who Work,” (Antoine Russbach)
Pauline Schneider, (“Those Who Work”)
“Selfies,“ by Claudius Gentinetta, Gentinettafilm
BEST GRADUATION FILM
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Joel Basman, (“Wolkenbruch”)
The film follows Würtenberg’s then 10-year-old cousin – Kofmel herself – and her efforts to find out what happened to him. The animated parts of the film suggest what Würtenberg might have gone through in the last weeks and days of his life, while the live action segments chronicle Kofmel’s investigation, including interviews with mercenaries, journalists, and Würtenberg’s relatives. “Chris the Swiss” is the real-life story of Christian Würtenberg, a Swiss journalist murdered under strange circumstances during the Balkan War.
BEST SHORT FILM
Having screened at festivals such as Venice, Toronto, Sundance and IDFA and scooping a special jury prize at SXSW, Corina Schwingruber Ilić’s documentary “All Inclusive” was selected as the best Swiss short film of the year. It highlights scenes on a cruise ship suggesting the commoditization of holiday pleasure and the massification of cruise life and entertainment.
Peter Indergand, (“Eldorado”)
BEST SCREENPLAY