Zug, 16.10.2020

Zug Film Days attract with exclusive pre-premieres, young talents and big names

Swiss films have a lot to offer, even in this Corona Year. The Zuger Filmtage give them a platform.

The Zuger Filmtage (Zug Film Days) will take place in Zug for the 6th time from 20th to 24th October. The programme is varied: three pre-premieres from Central Switzerland, a competition for young talent with 14 short films, a cinema concert and a cross-media exhibition.

On Thursday, according to the press release of the Zug Film Days, Luzia Schmid from Zug is self-critically dedicating herself to the tax haven of Zug with the multi-layered documentary "Der Ast, auf dem ich sitze” (The branch on which I am sitting), and asks the question of what the future should look like. The panel discussion before the film on Thursday evening will shed light on this important topic from different perspectives. As on the other evenings, with the documentaries “Kühe auf dem Dach” (Cows on the Roof) by The Lucerne-based Aldo Gugolz, and "Citoyen Nobel" about the Nobel laureate Jacques Dubouchet, the audience has the opportunity to ask the filmmakers, and also the protagonists, questions.

These cultural events are only possible in the age of Corona thanks to a strict protection concept and the promising cooperation with the local technology company, Livinguard.

Saturday is all about the next generation: from workshops to master classes, a lunch cinema to network offers, the Zug Film Days offer varied programme points. One goal of the Zug Film Days is to inspire a young audience for film. For this reason, a cinema ticket for under-25s only costs CHF 10. The regular price for a festival film is CHF 15, which is not only financially worthwhile, but also an extraordinary experience, as each film starts with two to three short films from the junior competition – so to speak as an "amouse bouche". More than 70 short films by young filmmakers under the age of 26 from all over Switzerland were submitted for the short film competition. Fourteen of them will compete for the Golden Cherries during the film days, which will be presented on the Award Night.

To be seen at the Zug Film Days: Fly in, Fly out

The festival is growing in several directions
The popularity of the Zug Film Days is growing from year to year. Thanks to this growth, they are increasingly attracting well-known names from the Swiss film industry. The renowned jury, consisting of Cyril Schäublin, Liliane Amuat, Dejan Barac and Bettina Oberli, will select the best young films. Bettina Oberli (known for "Die Herbstzeitlosen” (The Timeless Autumn) presents her new tragicomedy "Wanda, mein Wunder" on Friday. Her latest film comes from the Lucerne film production company Zodiac Pictures, and recently had its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival. The film days are rounded off by an extraordinary cinema concert. Viola von Scarpatteti, who comes from Basel, will accompany her debut work "Fly In, Fly Out" live, together with her bandmate Simon Pelletier-Gilbert.

The complete programme of the Zug Film Days can be found on www.zugerfilmtage.ch.