Lifestyle, celebrities, entertainment and culture: Big names as well as rising stars are all under our spotlight. From the red carpet to the design world, we build bridges between Switzerland and the rest of the world.
Following the debut of “Never Look Away” in Switzerland, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells Ana Maria Montero that the rise of the superhero franchise is putting the era of sweeping, dramatic cinema such as “Titanic” at risk. But the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is not going down without fight.
It’s a wrap for the Zurich Film Festival, which included a spin-off event called the Zurich Summit, a gathering of international producers there to talk film and finance. Organizer Karl Spoerri told us that while TV is experiencing a golden age, Swiss film is at a low point.
From “Phantom of the Opera” to “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Florian Schneider has performed leading roles in over 20 musical productions in both Switzerland and Germany. As the classically trained performer tells Ana Maria Montero, it was the freedom of musical theater that captured his heart.
Bob Marley’s eldest son Ziggy Marley is continuing his father’s legacy by singing about fake leaders and humanity on his latest album “Rebellion Rises.” He tells Tanya König what makes a good leader, what motivated him to name an EP after Spotify, and why tapping into other businesses such as writing a cookbook or having an emoji app helps him reach more people. As he explains, it isn’t money that’s driving him.
Up-and-coming Swiss fashion designer Julia Seemann has made clothes worn by celebrities such as Rihanna. You’d think, in other words, that she’s arrived, but as she tells Tanya König, she still can’t quite make a living at it. Nonetheless, her passion keeps her going, and she continues to work toward turning that kind of visibility—along with collaborations with Swarovski—into sales. Seemann is also due to show her collection at Mode Suisse, the international platform showcasing local talent, which begins today in Zurich.
Are we experiencing content overload? Ted Hope, head of film production at Amazon Studios, doesn’t think so. He explains why he thinks we are living through “a change in the entire entertainment economy” in which more audience choice will drive up standards. He spoke to Ana Maria Montero at the Locarno Festival, where he received the Raimundo Rezzonico Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 72-year-old Irish novelist John Banville—who also uses the nom de plume Benjamin Black—has enjoyed commercial success along with critical acclaim and has been mentioned as a possible Nobel Prize winner. But in an interview with Martina Fuchs, he says that he’s always steered clear of politics in his work. “If you put politics into art, you get bad politics and bad art,” he says. “I have no message. All I want to give to readers is delight and a heightened sense of what it is to be alive in this strange planet that we’ve been cast upon.” He also tells Fuchs, "My biggest struggle is always to try to get the sentence right.”
Bboy Lilou has been break dancing for over 20 years and is considered one of the best in the world. He has performed with Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and won the Red Bull BC One competition three times. He tells Tanya König how break dancing became his actual day job and what it takes to make a living out of it. Lilou will be in Switzerland for the World Final of the Red Bull BC One 2018 competition that will take place in Zurich on September 29 and where he will be sitting in the jury.
The Street Parade in Zurich is the world’s biggest techno-party. Over 1 million people danced around Lake Zurich to celebrate this year’s motto, “Culture of Tolerance.” The party on the street is free of charge, but if you want to take your partying to the next level, you’ll need to be prepared to shell out. Tanya König tells you where to invest your hard-earned francs for a safe and fun party.
With the Montreux Jazz Festival wrapping up this weekend, we turn our attention to the Engadin Valley, where yet another jazz fest is underway, the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz. On this week's Spotlight, Christian Jott Jenny, the founder and artistic director, joined Ana Maria Montero for a chat about how this event comes together and how his own start at the festival—like the improvisational spirit of jazz itself—was completely unplanned.
French soprano Julie Fuchs began her musical training as a violinist. It wasn't until she was a teenager that she discovered her true passion was singing—and she never looked back. Six months into her pregnancy, she returns to the Zurich Opera House in the lead role of Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea." In tonight's Spotlight, she tells Ana Maria Montero how she brings it all together and how being a diva is not her thing.
Jean Dubuffet is one of the most important French painters of the 20th century. In his 40-plus year career, he explored a variety of different styles. A current exhibition at Hauser&Wirth Zurich shows his work in relation to a very specific theme: the city. Tanya König finds out more.
The Swiss Pavilion at the architecture Biennale in Venice won the Golden Lion for the best national participation. It's the first time this prestigious prize was awarded to the Swiss. The installation — titled "Svizzera 240: House Tour" — is about looking at empty flats. It was conceived and designed by a young team of ETH architects. Tanya König met Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor—two of the four-person team—to find out the inspiration behind it.