Zurich Film Festival Podcasts

Zurich Film Festival

The Zurich Film Festival brings you an exclusive selection of recorded interviews, talks and Q&A’s that offer fascinating insights into the creative process of directors, screenwriters, producers and actors, with renowned personalities such as Hans Zimmer, Susanne Bier, Sylvester Stallone and many more.

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Das 17. Zurich Film Festival 2021 steht vor der Tür! Das Programm ist online und der Teppich (fast) ausgerollt. Was das Führungsduo Christian Jungen und Elke Mayer eine Woche for Festivalbeginn auf Trab hält und auf was sie sich freuen, erzählen sie im neuen ZFF Podcast.

Sep 17

39 min 20 sec

Das Programm des 16. Zurich Film Festival 2020 wurde bekanntgegeben. Dahinter stecken monatelange Arbeit und ein grosses Team von sogenannten "Programmern". Was macht eigentlich ein Festival-Programmer und wie kommen die Filme ans ZFF? Artistic Director Christian Jungen und Programmleiter Georg Bütler erzählen von ihrer Arbeit und stellen das neue Programm vor. Sie diskutieren über den Schweizer Eröffnungsfilm WANDA, MEIN WUNDER, den unermüdlichen Regisseur Rolf Lyssy, das neue französische Kino und vieles mehr.

Sep 2020

45 min 14 sec

This episode presents ‘A Conversation with’ Kristen Stewart – one of America’s most brilliant and talented young actresses. She plays the Nouvelle Vague icon Jean Seberg in her latest movie SEBERG that she presented at ZFF in 2019. In this talk you will learn more about Kristen Stewart’s acting career and how she overcame her shyness. She talks about her early work with Jodie Foster and why she loves to shoot with director Olivier Assayas.

Aug 2020

43 min 35 sec

Oliver Stone is one of the most successful filmmakers of our time. The three-time Academy Award winner is recognized for his controversial takes on recent American History with films such as PLATOON, NATURAL BORN KILLERS and SNOWDEN. His presence and his films have been part of the Zurich Film Festival over and over since 2007. In 2019 he presided the jury of the international feature film competition and presented his four part documentary series THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS. How Oliver Stone came so close to the Russian President Putin and why he thinks that there is a lack of interest with Americans in finding out the truth of political issues are just some of the many subjects that the filmmaker will discuss.

May 2020

57 min 36 sec

Julie Delpy can look back on a truly multifaceted career. After being discovered at the age of 14 by Jean-Luc Godard, she went on to appear in front of the camera. She is also known as the director of 2 DAYS IN PARIS. She visited the Zurich Film Festival with her latest film MY ZOE. At the ZFF Masters Julie talks openly about her humble but creative family background in France and how she came in touch with the diversity of culture like art and films very early. Considering herself to be a very outspoken person, Julie also reveals her experience with sexual harrassment in the film industry and the challenges for female filmmakers.

Apr 2020

1 hr 4 min

Javier Bardem is one of the most sought-after character actors in the business. In this ZFF Masters session the Spanish actor reveals the ambitions and challenges of shooting his latest documentary SANCTUARY and how he started to join the climate movement. He shares personal anecdotes of his work as an actor and tells us why he will never forget his first shoot with director Miloš Forman.

Apr 2020

1 hr 4 min

Das 15. Zurich Film Festival steht vor der Tür. Artistic Director Karl Spoerri und Senior Programmer Christian Jungen sprechen über das Programm, die Schwerpunkte "Grüne Welle" und "Speaking the Truth". Spoerri verrät, wie das Festival an Stargäste wie Roland Emmerich und Oliver Stone herankommt und blickt zurück auf die Anfänge, als das Feuilleton über Stars wie Sylvester Stallone das Näschen rümpfte. Jungen wollte von Spoerri auch wissen, wie er sich fit hält für die Arbeitstage von 6.30 bis 23.30 und Spoerri fragte seinen Nachfolger, was dessen Eindrücke nach 5 Monaten im Team seien.

Sep 2019

40 min 54 sec

This podcast is brought to you by the Zurich Film Festival and Variety. This episode presents a ‘ZFF Masters’ with Julian Schnabel, the artist and director of cineastic masterpieces such as ‘Basquiat’, ‘Before Night Falls’ and ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’. He visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 and talked about his Van-Gogh-film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ which won his lead actor Willem Dafoe an Academy Award nomination and the best actors prize in Venice. Schnabel talked about van Gogh as an inspiration and the position of artists in society.

Jul 2019

57 min 15 sec

This episode presents a 'ZFF Masters' with Johnny Depp, the Hollywood star known for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and auteur films such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Finding Neverland". The three times Academy Award nominee visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 for the world premiere of his film "Richard Says Goodbye". He talks about his career, the collaboration with director Tim Burton and he reveals why the Disney executives were scared when they saw how he played the pirate Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Jun 2019

1 hr

This episode presents a ZFF Masters with Wim Wenders, the director of cult films such as ‘Paris, Texas’ and ‘Wings of Desire.’ He visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 and accepted the ‘A Tribute to...’-Award for his career. Wenders talks about the beginnings of his career in post-war Germany, his friendship with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, how he shot ‘Paris, Texas’ under difficult circumstances and he reveals why he isn’t happy with the film he shot for Francis Ford Coppola’s studio Zoetrope.”

Jun 2019

58 min 9 sec

This episode presents a ‘ZFF Masters’ with Donald Sutherland, the legendary and iconic character actor known for classics such as ’M*A*S*H’ and ‘Klute’. The Canadian visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2018 and accepted the Golden Eye Lifetime Achievement Award. He talks about the wild days of New Hollywood in the 70s and shares anecdotes of his collaborations with the likes of Robert Redford, Robert Altman and John Schlesinger. He reveals that Fellini was among the most difficult directors, but that the Italian gave him priceless advice for his career.

May 2019

57 min 58 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Glenn Close. She was a guest at the Zurich Film Festival in 2017 to receive the festival’s prestigious Golden Icon Award for having made a lasting artistic contribution to the art of cinema with films such as The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and Albert Cobbs. Close is known for doing intensive research on her film roles. From taking the script for the 1987’s film Fatal Attraction to real psychiatrists to adding phrases from the animated film „101 Dalmatians“ to the role of Cruella De Vil in the 1996’s feature film to make her even meaner. There is not a single person she can’t charm with her energy and her incredible stories. 

Aug 2018

55 min 17 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with non other than the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger who was at the Zurich Film Festival in 2015 to receive the prestigious Golden Icon Award. His infamous phrase „I’ll be back“ in the 1984’s cult film The Terminator is known worldwide. However, Schwarzenegger is not only known as an actor but has also made a lasting impression as a professional bodybuilder, politician, activist and businessman. During this interview he gives his audience an intimate insight into his thoughts on his generation of action heroes and also shares his political opinions on the 2016’s presidential race and today’s environmental issues. You area about to get to know Arnold Schwarzenegger in a way you never thought possible!  

Aug 2018

45 min 11 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, an icon of Austrian cinema having made widely recognized films such as Funny Games, The White Ribbon and Amour. During this interview, he lets us in on the secrets of his infamous sequence shots and reveals his opinion on mainstream cinema and the recent increase in production values and costs in television. It is truly a joy to listen to what this fascinating director has to say. Please note that this interview is in German. 

Jul 2018

1 hr 9 min

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2018. In the following interview, Forman shares hilarious little on-set anecdotes from improvised scenes in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and teaching a horse to walk through a paper wall for several months in the 1984’s film Amadeus.

Jul 2018

13 min 39 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Woody Harrelson who was a guest at the festival in 2016 to personally present his film LBJ. He talks about the incredibly bumpy beginning of his career in New York, from the struggles of finding an agent, to giving up and finally landing his first acting job. Harrelson shares several hilarious anecdotes and he will surely entertain you just as he did the Swiss audiences during the Zurich Film Festival.

Jul 2018

1 hr 4 min

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Hans Zimmer, one of the most famous and successful film composers in the world, having been nominated for an Academy Award an incredible 11 times. In 2014, a selection of his works was performed at the International Film Music Concert when he visited Zurich to receive the festival’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. During this interview, Zimmer talks about his close relationship to Christopher Nolan and their way of communicating with each other while working on a film. Hans Zimmer gives the audiences a fascinating insight into the incredible world of film music composing, in the most charming and humorous way. Please note that this interview is in German. 

Jul 2018

49 min 59 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Danish director Susanne Bier, who gained world wide success with films such as After the Wedding in 2006 and 2010’s In A Better World. She visited the Zurich Film Festival in 2014 to preside over the International Feature Film Jury. During her „ZFF Masters“ she talks about her approach to filmmaking and the hurdles she had to overcome in a male-dominated film industry. Moreover, she discusses challenges that European filmmakers have to face in Hollywood and stuns the audiences with her intelligent and self-reflecting nature. 

Jul 2018

1 hr

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with Todd Haynes, who proves himself to be a true cinephile with an unconditional passion for film history. He talks about the 1967’ film The Graduate and what a huge impact the film and its main protagonist Benjamin had on him and his work. It is such a joy to listen to Haynes, who has been a pioneering filmmaker in the New Queer cinema movement, and what he has to say about the medium of film and why today’s sheer quantity of films often hinders young people from developing a real passion for film making and film history. This is for sure an episode that will change your perception on film!

Jul 2018

59 min 27 sec

Today’s podcast presents a „ZFF Masters“ with the one and only Sylvester Stallone. He was at the festival in 2008 to receive the prestigious Golden Icon Award. Mostly known as an action hero in films such as The Expendables, Rambo and the Rocky series, in this “ZFF Masters” Stallone gives a very inspiring insight into his incredible work as a screenwriter and director and tells us why it is so important for directors to accept that a film will never be perfect.  

Jul 2018

43 min 10 sec

Today’s podcast presents a “ZFF Masters” with Daniel Radcliffe. He was a guest at the Zurich Film Festival in 2016 to personally present his two films Swiss Army Man and Imperium. Radcliffe is without a doubt the most charming person you will ever encounter. In the most humorous and cordial way, he talks about the difficulties of playing a dead person in Swiss Army Man and also reveals the huge respect he has for the theatre and the value and impact doing theatre has had on his confidence. 

Jul 2018

56 min 52 sec