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‘Spectre’ Villain Christoph Waltz to Present Swiss Filmmaker Award

LONDON — “Spectre” villain Christoph Waltz will attend the opening of the Zurich Film Festival and will present the Swiss Filmmaker Award, which comes with a 100,000 Swiss franc ($104,000) prize.

Waltz, who has won two Academy Awards, will hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit, which takes place in association with the ZFF and IWC Schaffhausen, and will present a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

The Assn. for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland will award its Swiss Filmmaker Award to one or more Swiss filmmakers whose projects are in the late production or post-production. The award’s jury members include director Marc Forster, International Watch Company CEO Georges Kern, and ZFF co-director Karl Spoerri.

“There’s a lively filmmaking industry in Switzerland, employing many talented people. However, the financial backing required to see projects through to the end is often lacking; this is particularly the case in the late production stages,” Kern said. To bridge this gap, Kern and the co-directors of the ZFF, Nadja Schildknecht and Spoerri, the CEO of Ringier, Marc Walder, and Forster got together last year to create the Assn. for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland.

The award finalists are Jan Gassmann’s “Europe, She Loves”; Dominik Locher’s “Goliath”; Michael Steiner’s “Tomorrow You’ll Be Dead”; and Hannes Baumgartner’s “The Gun Runner.”

“All four films impressed us with their bold approach to the unusual, their originality and their professionalism. Each of these productions also has the potential to wow audiences outside Switzerland,” Spoerri said.

The Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.

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