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Tourists and expats nominate Zurich along with Vienna as the uncontested number one city worldwide since years. And with good reason as Zurich does not only convince on economic grounds, but also functions as a creative and cultural platform. It is about time that filmmakers get to know the advantages of Zurich as a film location.

News
  • The new K-Drama from South Korea will be shot in Zurich!

    Shooting takes place in Switzerland and Korea and the main cast ist extremely famous throughout Asia. The book was written by renowned and award-winning author Jieun Park.


    Shooting: August-September 2019 in Zurich and Bern.


    We are curious!

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  • Film Commisssion Zurich - Spotlight on the annual report of 2018!

    The second year of the Film Commission Zurich was a great success. We have had a huge increase in national and international inquiries. The active support of various projects, our presence at festivals, in the industry and networking events, our negotiations and agreements that we have made with our partners and in some cases with service departments of the city of Zurich - all this contributes to our success this year.

    However, the biggest success for the year 2018 is the new city council resolution, which came into force on 3rd of October 2018. So we set the path for the future with full force ahead.


    You can read what we have achieved in 2018 in our annual report. We thank you all for the wonderful cooperation so far and hope for many successes and valuable developments for our industry!

    Your Film Commission Zurich

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  • Set-Visit "MOSKAU EINFACH!" by Micha Lewynski

    30 years ago, a scandal shook Switzerland: more than 900,000 people were monitored because of their political views.  "MOSCOW EINFACH" plays with the historical background of the Fichen Affair.

    The avid police officer Viktor Schuler (Philippe Graber) is sent by his supervisor Marogg (Mike Müller) to the Zurich Schauspielhaus. He is there to observe the left theater scene. But soon he falls for the charm of the chaotic artist life. He falls in love with actress Odile Lehmann (Miriam Stein), whom he is supposed to observe. More and more he begins to doubt his mission.

    Shooting: June - July 2019 in Zurich and surroundings

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  • SWISS TV-SERIES "PEACE"

    Zodiac Pictures produces together with the Swiss radio and television SRF a new TV series which plays at the end of the war in May 1945 in Switzerland. Leading roles are Annina Walt, Max Hubacher and Dimitri Stapfer. Author of the six-part drama series titled "Peace" is Petra Volpe. Directed by Michael Schaerer.

     

    Spring 1945 - finally peace in Europe. Factory owner's daughter Klara and her groom Johann start into a common future with optimism. Even Egon, Johann's brother, hopes for a new beginning in civilian life, after he has done his active service at the border in recent years. All signs are new, but peace holds numerous political and economic challenges. Klara, Johann and Egon are dealing with the legacy of war and are looking in different ways for a way to shape the future.

     

    Shooting: May to August 2019 in Glarus, Zürich, Bern and Freiburg.

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  • Filming in Zurich, curse or blessing?

    More and more filming takes place in the city of Zurich, be it for feature and documentary films, short films or commercials. But are the city of Zurich and its administrative departments ready for these productions, and can they provide even more streets, squares and green spaces for filming?
    On 3 October 2018, the Zurich City Council expressed its support for the continuation of the "Film Commission Zurich" and thus "for the promotion of the entire film industry, which is both desirable and useful from a cultural policy perspective and from the point of view of economic development. In addition, he affirms his endeavor to strengthen the film location of Zurich with efficient approval processes and a pronounced customer focus on the part of the city administration and to handle the increased rotation volume efficiently. »[Nbsp]

     

    With:

    Olga Zachariadis (CEO Film Commission Zurich)

    Anna Schindler (Director of Urban Development Zurich)

    Andreas Venzin (City district Chief 4)

    Regula Begert (Location Manager)

     

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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
DRACHENTÖTER
We are in 1985. The alcoholic JOSEF lives alone and neglected in a rundown two-family house with garden. When his single-parent younger sister and her 5-year-old daughter NINA move into their second apartment, an unexpected friendship develops between Josef and the neglected little girl. Thirty-five years later, the two meet again. The now drug addicted Nina is in trouble and Josef sets out to help her. 

 

Director: Peter Luisi

Author: Peter Luisi

Produktion: Peter & David Luisi / Spotlight Media Productions AG

Cast: Matthias Habich, Fabian Krüger, Johanna Bantzer

Shooting: August-Oktober 2019 in Zürich and surroundings, Ukraine

 

MOSKAU EINFACH!
Thirty years ago, a scandal shook Switzerland: more than 900,000 people were monitored because of their political views. "MOSCOW EINFACH" plays with the historical background of the Fichen Affair.
The avid police officer Viktor Schuler (Philippe Graber) is sent by his supervisor Marogg (Mike Müller) to the Zurich Schauspielhaus. There he is to observe the left theater scene. But soon he falls for the charm of chaotic artist life. He falls in love with actress Odile Lehmann (Miriam Stein), whom he is supposed to observe. More and more he begins to doubt his mission.

 

Director: Micha Lewinsky

Author: Micha Lewinsky, Plinio Bachmann & Barbara Sommer

Produktion: Bernard Lang / Langfilm AG

Cast: Philippe Graber, Miriam Stein, Mike Müller, Michael Maertens

Shooting:  June - July 2019 in Zürich and Surroudings

 

PEACE
Spring 1945 - finally peace in Europe. Factory owner's daughter Klara and her groom Johann start into a common future with optimism. Even Egon, Johann's brother, hopes for a new beginning in civilian life, after he has done his active service at the border in recent years. All signs are new, but peace holds numerous political and economic challenges. Klara, Johann and Egon are dealing with the legacy of war and are looking in different ways for a way to shape the future.
 

Director: Michael Schaerer

Author: Petra Volpe

Produktion: Zodiac Pictures Ltd

Cast: Annina Walt, Max Hubacher und Dimitri Stapfer

Shooting:  Glarus, Zürich, Bern and Freiburg - May to August 2019

 

SAMI, JOE & ICH
Sami, Joe and Leyla have been inseparable since childhood. But the summer at the end of their school years and the beginning of a new phase of their lives put their friendship to a hard test. Their paths separate and their unconditional support crumbles. They learn that at this vulnerable age something can quickly go wrong brutally and that they have to stand up for their convictions and their friendship with all their strength.
 

Director: Karin Heberlein

Produktion: Abrakadabra Films AG

Casting: Corinna Glaus

Shooting:  Zürich - June/August 2019

 

STRÜM
The idealistic lawyer Barbara Hug is committed to the fight against the backward Swiss penal system of the 80s. In Walter Stürm, known as the "breakout king" internationally known criminals, she finds an unexpected ally - and even a little bit more. A moving relationship story in the field of tension between state repression and personal freedom.
 

Director:Oliver Rihs

DOP: Felix Von Muralt

Production Switzerland:Contrast Film

Co-productions: Port au Prince Berlin, Niama Film, Stuttgart

Cast: Joel Basmann, Marie Leuenberger

PLATZSPITZBABY

Eleven-year-old Mia moves with her mother to a small town in the Zurich Oberland. But the idyllic place is no paradise for the girl. Because Mia's mother is heavily drug-addicted and should never have had custody after the divorce. Mia is beaten, emotionally blackmailed and completely neglected. Her loyal companion through this horror is her imaginary friend Buddy, with whom she entertains in lonely hours and forges fantastic plans for a carefree future. Inspired by the book "PLATZSPITZBABY" by Michelle Halbheer & Franziska K. Müller.

 

Director: Pierre Monnard

DOP: Darran Bragg

Production: C-Films AG

Cast: Luna Mwezi, Sarah Spale

Trailers
Bruno Manser Die Stimme des Regenwaldes
Al-Shafaq wenn der Himmel sich spaltet
Baghdad in my shadow
Wir Eltern
Die fruchtbaren Jahre sind vorbei
Le vent tourne
Der Büezer
Sohn meines Vaters
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Diversity at a glance

Convince yourselves of the diversity of our locations: picturesque old towns, urban big city feeling, bourgeois lives, shabby chic, romantic corners or even truly run-down suburbia; our city and canton offers the complete repertoire. Follow us on instagram!

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