Magazine article Screen International

Take Shelter Named Best Feature at Zurich Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Take Shelter Named Best Feature at Zurich Film Festival

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Laurence Fishburne, Paul Haggis, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Marc Forster were all in attendance at the awards ceremony, which marks the highest profile Zurich Film Festival to date.

Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter has been named Best International Feature at the Seventh Zurich Film Festival.

The jury, led by Laurence Fishburne, chose the film about a man who believes an apocalyptic storm is on its way in Ohio, because it "demonstrated excellence across the board."

Take Shelter, which stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, won the top prize at Cannes Critics Week and in Deauville earlier this year.

The Best International Documentary Feature Award went to Cindy Meehl's Buck, about a real life horse whisperer who turned his life around after a horrific childhood. Jury member and director Charles Fergurson, who won the Oscar for best documentary in 2011 for Inside Job, presented Meehl with the award.

Karl Markovics' Austrian film, Breathing (Atmen) was named as the best German Language Feature Film, with the best German Language Documentary Award going to Swiss film Darwin, directed by Nick Brandestini.

The Festival's Critics Award prize went to the Norwegian comedy Happy Happy.The Audience Award winner was the German-language documentary Unter Wasser Atmen.

The glitzy awards ceremony took place for the first time in Zurich's Opera House.

Oscar winning screenwriter/director Paul Haggis was presented with a tribute award for his body of work, which includes Crash, Million Dollar Baby and In The Valley Of Elah. …

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