With his legendary portrayal of Gollum in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, Serkis raised motion-capture acting to a completely new level. A computer-animated character filled with so much life had never been seen before. He went on to use his talent for playing unusual characters when he embodied Caesar in the PLANET OF THE APES remake. For his latest project, Serkis went behind the camera to direct the film BREATHE.Read More
Xavier Legrand trained as an actor until 2005 at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris, and completed an internship at the film school La fémis before working as a stage actor. His César-winning directorial debut, the short film AVANT QUE DE TOUT PERDRE (2013), which was also nominated for an Academy Award, forms the basis of his debut feature JUSQU’A LA GARDE, which recently premiered in competition at Venice.Read More
„It's fun to play a British bad-guy”, said Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe when talking about his performance alongside Michael Caine in the fantasy thriller NOW YOU SEE ME 2. Since completing the Harry Potter film series, Radcliffe has relished his artistic freedom. His successful appearances on Broadway and ambitious film and TV series projects pay homage to his versatile acting talent. This year, Radcliffe excels in not one, but two films at the ZFF: in the crazy comedy adventure SWISS ARMY MAN and the undercover thriller IMPERIUM....Read More
Whether in mainstream or independent film, Woody Harrelson’s charismatic acting talent has the power to impress both critics and viewers alike. Born in Texas in 1961, Harrelson first captured the world’s attention in the U.S. American sitcom CHEERS. He garnered his first Academy Award nomination for his role as Hustler founder Larry Flynt in Miloš Forman’s film THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1997). Harrelson’s unmistakeable acting style, such as can be seen in his role as the alcoholic mentor in the hit series THE HUNGER GAMES, ...Read More
Born 1971 in Scotland, Ewan McGregor achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1996 when he played the emaciated heroin addict Renton in director Danny Boyle’s film TRAINSPOTTING. He landed the largest role of his career and set the international film community of fire when he signed on as Jedi Master Obi-Wan-Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). His impressive acting career has seen him collaborate with such renowned directing greats as Ridley Scott for BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) and Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER (2010). In addition to his numerous other awards, McGregor has also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011). This „ZFF Masters“ session sees Ewan McGregor talk about his acting career and his directorial debut AMERICAN PASTORAL.
Ten years ago, Fatih Akin celebrated his powerful breakthrough with GEGEN DIE WAND. The compelling love story impressed both critics and audiences with the self-destructive drive of its protagonists and their strained Turkish-German identity. GEGEN DIE WAND was honored with multiple awards, among them the Golden Bear and the European Film Award, but it is only one of Akin’s many brilliant cinematic works. His first feature film, KURZ UND SCHMERZLOS, a harsh crime drama set in the director’s native quarter Hamburg-Altona won the Bavarian Film Award “Best New Director”. Love and homeland, Hamburg and Istanbul, great hopes and crazy ideas – these are the themes of almost all his films. But Akin is well versed in balancing sternness and gaiety, darkness and light. So his œuvre includes both melodramas – like the trilogy about “Love, Death, and the Devil”, whose second part AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE won the “Best Screen- play” award in Cannes – and light-hearted films: IM JULI is a sunny road movie, SOLINO an affectionate family chronicle, and SOUL KITCHEN a heart-warming comedy. Besides his work as a director, Akin also successfully participates in the German film scene as a screenwriter (KEBAB CONNECTION), producer (CHIKO), and actor (KISMET). After five years, Akin finally presents the last part of his trilogy: THE CUT will be screened at this year’s Zurich Film Festival.
Harrison Ford ist einer der erfolgreichsten Schauspieler Hollywoods. Seine Karriere startete er in der „New Hollywood“-Ära Ende der 1960er Jahre mit kleineren Rollen in Filmen von George Lucas oder Francis Ford Coppola, bevor er mit der Rolle des Han Solo in George Lucas’ STAR WARS (1977), dem ersten Blockbuster der Filmgeschichte, auf einen Schlag weltberühmt wurde. Mit seiner Darstellung des Archäologen und Abenteurers Indiana Jones in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) und den Nachfolgefilmen der Franchise machte sich Harrison Ford zur Ikone einer ganzen Kino-Generation. An der ZFF MASTERS berichtet Harrison Ford von seinen Erfahrungen als Schauspieler.