From Chocolat to A Room with A View

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From Chocolat to A Room with A View


Screen finds time to do some chocolate tasting and hang out with star jurors at an exclusive penthouse soiree during the Zurich Film Festival. It's a tough job..

Normally I'm far too busy filing copy at film festivals to even consider doing any sightseeing. But I couldn't resist taking up the Zurich Film Festival's offer of a guided tour of the city, hosted by festival sponsor Kuoni, a luxury concierge service.

And it turned out I was in good company- my fellow tourists were LA Times film journalist John Horn, Beth Levison, the co-director of documentary Lemon which is in competition and is gaining rave reviews here in Zurich and German actress Bettina Mittendorfer who is starring in another buzzy competition title, Markus Goller's Hot Line, about three devoutly catholic Bavarian girls who start up a phone sex business to make money when they lose their jobs in a factory.

The tour turned out to be an unexpected treat, involving chocolate tasting in a tiny little chocolate shop in the beautiful old town, a masterclass in Swiss watches (administered by an obscenely good looking watch shop owner - but then everyone in Zurich looks like they just stepped out of the pages of Vogue) and a visit to a handbag designer's workshop, all rounded off with a glass of champagne. …

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