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Zurich Film Festival: Highlights

World Premiere:

“Twelve in a Box” (U.K.); in competition, New Fiction

  • Director: John McKenzie

  • A black comedy in the tradition of “Shallow Grave.”

International Premieres:

“Chapter 27” (U.S.); not in competition

  • Director: Jarrett Schaefer

  • Psychological study of the killer of John Lennon.

“Blackout” (U.S.); in competition, New Fiction

  • Director: Jerry Lamothe

  • Drama set in Brooklyn during the August 2003 blackout.

“The Business of Being Born” (U.S.); in competition, New Documentary

  • Director: Abby Epstein

  • An illuminating, critical look at the U.S. health-care system.

“Tajnosti” (Little Girl Blue) (Czech Republic); in competition, New Fiction

  • Director: Alice Nellis

European Premiere:

“Noel — poeta da vila” (The Samba Poet) (Brazil); in competition, Debut Feature

  • Director: Ricardo van Stehen

  • Portrait of the man who made samba what it is today.

SIDEBARS:

NEW RUSSIAN CINEMA: Eight Russian films will unspool. Sitora Alieva, topper of the Sochi fest, and Andrei Plachov, Russia’s most influential critic, will attend.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: As a tie-in with Euro 2008, the European soccer championship that Switzerland is co-hosting with Austria next June, the public is invited to submit screenplays for five-minute soccer-themed shorts. Five winners will get financing for their films, which will be screened and aired during the tourney.

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