The film award winners were announced Tuesday evening.
This year’s Zurich Film Prize jury chose the winners in the three categories of feature, short and documentary on Tuesday. The magnifying glass, as it is also called the Zurich Film Prize, is awarded two weeks later at a ceremony in the industrial district of Zurich. The total prize money is CHF 100,000.
In addition to the three main categories, the jury recognized special achievements. In the Short Film category, the award went to Gila Hasler, Kezia Zurbrough and Philip Rittler. Gabriel Lobos and Lesia Kordonets were honored with the Documentary Award and Noemi Preiswerk and Magaly Solier in the Feature Film category.
Zurich Film Award 2021 for Best Feature Film: “Spagat”.
Written by Christian Johannes Koch, Produced by Catpics, Zurich
“Spajat” tells about life in Switzerland without a residence permit. The director mainly chooses female perspectives: the teacher’s perspective who suddenly doesn’t know where she is, and the little girl’s — like everyone in his class — who really wants to belong.
Jury Explanation: In his first feature film, the Swiss director presents different viewpoints with sensitivity, compelling, poetic and original at the same time.
Zurich Film Award 2021 for Best Short Film: “Mouse’s Room”
By Felix Hergert, Produced by Sabotage Filmkollektiv, Zurich
In “Mossi’s Room,” director Felix Hergert tells about the daily life of a young Eritrean, Moussa, who has been waiting for an asylum decision for more than three years.
Jury Explanation: The director succeeds in meeting at eye level. He watches the protagonist and creates reasonable proximity to him. The film, in which Musi tells the story while sitting in his room, is captivating with its simplicity and complexity at the same time.
Zurich Film Award 2021 for Best Documentary Film: “Dida”
Written by Nikola Illich and Corina Schwingruber Ilich, produced by Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Zurich
Dida is the mother of director Nikola Ilic and lives in Belgrade. The documentary “Dida” deals with the topic of how a son can help his mother live her life without losing his independence.
Jury Explanation: Dida is an intimate, detailed and humorous portrait of the family. He dealt in a real way with issues such as intergenerational conflicts, the question of children’s responsibility for their parents and cultural barriers when families live in different countries.