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Zurich honors Schaefer’s ‘Chapter’

Chapman film wins Debut Feature prize

Helmer Jarrett Schaefer’s “Chapter 27,” about John Lennon’s assassin Mark David Chapman, won the Debut Feature prize at the third Zurich Film Festival on Saturday.

The drama, starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, preemed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“The film presents an interesting look at fame from the point of view of a fan,” said the fest’s jury, whose president was producer Albert S. Ruddy. “A view of people who look for links, connections, evidence to justify force and violence toward others.”

 In the New Documentary category, Dan Cox picked up a Golden Eye award for his debut, “Running With Arnold” about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Israeli-French co-production “The Band’s Visit” scooped the fest’s New Fiction prize.

The pic, directed by Eran Kolirin, tells the story of an Egyptian police band invited to play in Israel. It also went home with Variety’s New Talent Award.

British comedy “Twelve in a Box,” directed by John McKenzie, took the audience accolade, awarded together with the jury prizes at the end of the fest on Saturday.

The 11-day fest aimed to attract 25,000 visitors and hopes to establish itself as a European platform for young talent.