Stepping in for his ailing friend Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito accepted the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival on Sunday.
Douglas was unable to attend as he’s undergoing treatment for throat cancer. DeVito, who has known Douglas since 1964, made reference to his friend’s perf in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” which closed the fest Sunday. “Michael is so strong. He gets better and better with every movie he makes. So that’s why I tell him to work more,” he joked.
Fest, which opened Sept. 23, gave its top kudo, the Golden Eye for international film, to Serbian pic “The Woman With a Broken Nose” on Saturday. Srdjan Koljevic’s film is a quirky relationship comedy that follows several characters as they struggle with grief. Frank Langella, prexy of the jury, presented the award. Other jury members included Argentine writer-director Julia Solomonoff, Mexican filmmaker Carlos Cuaron and thesp Anatole Taubman.
The docu jury gave their award to the Danish film “Armadillo.” Janus Metz’s pic portrays the grim realities of life for Danish soldiers serving a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Special mention went to Fan Lixin’s Canuck-Chinese co-production “Last Train Home,” which looks at the life of migrant workers in China’s factories.
The German-lingo feature prize went to Florian Cossen’s debut “Das Lied in mir” (The Day I Was Not Born), which centers on a German woman’s discovery that her real parents were victims of Argentina’s military dictatorship.
Variety’s New Talent Award went to Belgian-Dutch pic “Adem” (Oxygen). Hans van Nuffel’s film follows a teen with cystic fibrosis fighting to have a normal life. The fest’s audience award went to another pic dealing with ill-health and youth. Mike Schaerer’s debut feature “Stationspiraten,” from Switzerland, centers on a group of teenage boys in a cancer ward.
The Swiss critics’ award for international pic went to the Hungarian film “Pal Adrienn,” helmed by Agnes Kocsis.
The ceremony was attended by Stone, Bob Geldof and Milos Forman, who was presented with the fest’s career tribute award by Courtney Love.