The main Swiss titles that have made an impact at festivals or in theatres these last few months are thus on the list of nominations for the Swiss Film Prize. They include in particular Sister by Ursula Meier, which received three nominations (Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Kacey Mottet Klein). The title will compete for the supreme distinction of Best Fiction Film of the year alongside Rosie by Marcel Gisler (the only real surprise on the list, with six nominations in all), Verliebte Feinde by Werner Swiss Schweizer, (three nominations, Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress), Opération Libertad by Nicolas Wadimoff (also three nominations, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor) and Il comandante e la cicogna by Silvio Soldini (one nomination).
Just as few surprises when it comes to documentaries, with all the heavy-weights of the year duly selected. Basking in its status as the Swiss documentary that has attracted the most spectators in Switzerland in the entire history of its cinema, More than Honey by Markus Imhoof gets two nominations (Best Documentary, Best Original Soundtrack). Idem for The End of Time by Peter Mettler (Best Documentary, Best Cinematography), which pursues its impressive career in festivals throughout the world. As for the winner of the Best European Documentary Award, Winter Nomads by Manuel von Stürler stands out with three nominations, Best Documentary, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Cinematography. These three movies will still have to face Forbbiden Voices by Barbara Miller and Thorberg by Dieter Fahrer, both highly praised by critics when they were released.
Unveiled last night during the Journées de Soleure in the presence of Alain Berset, federal councillor in charge of culture, the nominations are a good opportunity in Switzerland for all those whose names are on the list, as the cash prizes – about 440,000 francs, nonetheless – is shared between all the nominated movies, with the prize itself remaining honorary. The award ceremony will be held on March 23rd in Geneva.
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