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26 September 2019

Six Dutch (co-)productions have been selected for the 15th edition of the Zurich Film Festival.

Feature documentary Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World*, directed by Hans Pool (prod: Submarine) will be shown in the festival's Hashtag #SpeakingTheTruth programme. The film had its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and has been selected for several festivals since, including Hot Docs, CPH:DOX and Dok.Fest. The documentary explores the exclusive world of the ‘citizen investigative journalists' collectively known as Bellingcat.

Kabul, City in the Wind* by Aboozar Amini (prod: Silk Road Film Salon, sales: Rediance Films) will be presented in the Border Lines section. The documentary was the opening film for International Documentary Festival Amsterdam where it won the Special Jury Award and has been presented at several festivals, including Visions Du Réel and CPH:DOX where it won the NEXT:WAVE Award. Kabul, City in the Wind shows the city of Kabul through the daily lives of two kids and a bus driver, set against the background of a city destroyed by political and religious powers.

Steven Wouterlood's family film My Extraordinary Summer with Tess* (prod: BIND, sales: Picture Tree International) has been selected as part of ZFF for Kids. The film celebrated its world premiere at Berlinale's Generation where it was awarded with the Special Mention Generation Kplus and has been shown at many film festivals worldwide. The film has also won several awards, including the Grand Prize Feature Film at the New York International Children's Film Festival and the Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film at the Zlin International Film festival for Children and Youth.

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess is about ten-year-old Sam, who is on holiday on the Dutch island of Terschelling. When he meets the idiosyncratic Tess he gets involved in her ingenious plan to get to know her father, whom she has never met before. The problem is, they have only one week to achieve their goal.

Three Dutch minority co-productions have been selected for the festival as well. La Tierra Y La Sombra*, directed by César Augusto Acevedo (dutch co-prod: Topkapi Films) and Monos*, by Alejandro Landes (Dutch co-prod: Lemming Film, sales: Le Pacte) have been selected for the New World View: Colombia section. Ben Asamoah's Sakawa* (Dutch co-prod: Pieter van Huystee Film, sales: Rise and Shine) will be competing in the International Documentary Film Competition where it can win a Golden Eye.

The Zurich Film Festival will take place from 26th September - 6th October.

For more information: zff.com

*supported by the Netherlands Film Fund

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