Whatever it takes

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.

  • THE DIVINE ORDER by Petra Volpe is conquering the world!

    Zodiac Picture and Petra Volpe must be on cloud 9... and we hope they'll stay up there for a long time! And if we look at the facts and figures we have no doubt they will.

    The Divine Order has officially been submitted to represent Switzerland at the Academy Awards 2018 in the section Best Foreign Film. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that they will even win a nomination. We are also happy to share the news that already more than 320'000 people have seen the film in Swiss cinemas (Filmcoopi) and more than 100'000 in Germany in Austria (Alamode Film). Furthermore, the film will hit theatres in Denmark (Filmbazar) and the Netherlands (September Film NL) on September 14th, in the US (Zeitgeist Films) on October 27th, in France (Version Originale Condor) on November 1st and in Canada (Films We Like) on November 3rd - more countries to follow!

    You rock!

  • Behind the scenes of Turnus Film's current production

    As you might not have known so far, we are regularly strolling around the city to check out what's going on. We see and hear everything - be aware, Film Commission Zurich is watching you. :) This week we can give you an exclusive gaze behind the scenes of the current shooting of Turnus Film's "Wolkenruchs wondrous journey into the arms of a shiksa". All thanks to the amazing bosses of the regional offices 3 and 4 in Zurich, André Gerzner and Andreas Venzin, the impossible was made possible just for this shoot!

    On Sunday on Badenerstrasse at tram stop Zypressenstrasse a movie-accident was staged with help of a stunt coordinator and a precision rider. Due to a taken phone call a car gets out of control and crashes into the tram stop. The shot was partly made with a low-loader (check out the picture!) as well as with the original film-car. Huge thanks to Mr. Gerzner and Mr. Venzin and of course to the VBZ! This is Zurich. We show you how it's done! Or as we love to say: whatever it takes!

    The shooting will continue until 29th of September and will move on to Tel Aviv between the 9th and 20th of October. We continue to wish you all the best and are already looking forward to the screening in cinemas!


The filming of the much-anticipated adaptation of Thomas Meyer's bestseller "Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse" with Joel Basmann has started on 21st of August in Zurich.

Wolkenbruchs wondrous journey into the arms of a shiksa

We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. But we are finally done waiting. Director Michael Steiner began shooting Thomas Meyer's debut novel and Swiss bestseller "Wolkenbruchs wondrous journey into the arms of a shiksa ". Shooting began on 21st of August in Zurich and will also shoot in Tel Aviv. The story follows the young orthodox Jew Motti Wolkenbruch (23) who, up to now, followed all the rules and lifestyles of his community especially the wishes of his Mame (59). As with all the devout Jews, Mame knows exactly how Mottis life is supposed to look like: she would like to get him married and continues to invite several young candidates, who look exactly like herself, to Schidech. But Motti hesitates as he secretly fall in love with beautiful Laura (22) whom he met at University. But she is a Schikse and absolutely forbidden for a devout Jew such as Motti. Sie will ihn verkuppeln und lädt lauter junge Kandidatinnen, die ihr unendlich ähnlich sehen, zum Schidech ein. Doch Motti zeigt sich widerspenstig, denn er hat sich an der Uni klammheimlich in die schöne Laura (22) verliebt. Doch sie ist eine Schikse und natürlich für einen frommen Juden tabu. Die Dinge nehmen ihren Lauf. Produktion: Turnus Film, Koprdouktion: DCM Productions und SRF/SRG SSR, Regie: Michael Steiner, Kamera: Michael Saxer, Cast: Joel Basmann, Noemie Schmidt, Inge Maux, Udo Samel

Almost There
Lasst die Alten sterben
Papa Moll
Blue My Mind
Die Letzte Pointe
La idea de un lago
Europe, She Loves
The Beekeeper and his Son
Divercity 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 guide offers the complete repertoire.


The Swiss film industry should be treated as an economic industry sector by the public authorities. (Article in German)