Switzerland 2013 · DCP · Color · 85' · French/English

Director Producer: Lorenz Merz

Cast: Lolita Chammah 
Cinematography & Editing: Lorenz Merz

Production Company: 8horses

Zoé tries to escape herself. She travels north, drifting through faceless cities and gas stations, and finds herself on a ferryboat where a mysterious woman suddenly disappears. In the winter coat of a stranger, Zoé, the invisible passenger, reaches the other side of the Channel.

AWARDS


Grand Prix · Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia 2014

Jury Award · Detour Festival del cinema di viaggio 2014

Nomination · Swiss Film Award Best Cinematography 2014

Nomination · Spirit Of The Festival Award 59th Cork IFF 2014

Nomination · German Independence Award Oldenburg 2014

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BEAST soul of youth 

Switzerland 2020 · 4K 1:1.33 · Color · 120’ · CH-German (English)

Director · Writer: Lorenz Merz 

Producer: Hesse Film · Simon Hesse 

Associate Producer: 8horses, Lorenz Merz

Co-Production: Milan Film / SRF Swiss Televison / Teleclub 

Fund raising: FOC Federal Office of Culture / ZFS Zurich Film Foundation 

Distributer: Ascot Elite AG

 

AWARDS

IWC Filmmaker Award 2018 

TRAILER - 20th IKFTW

TRAILER 20th International Short Film Festival Winterthur 

Producer · Director · Writer · Cinematography: Lorenz Merz

Nomination EDI 2016 - Best Swiss Commercial TV & Cinema 

CHERRY PIE 

Switzerland 2014 · DCP · Color · 85' · French/Russian/English

Producer · Director · Writer · Cinematography: Lorenz Merz

Cast: Lolita Chammah 
Production: 8horses

Sales: Film Republic

 

WORLD PREMIERE

67° Locarno International Film Festival 2013

AWARDS

Grand Prix · Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia 2014

Jury Award · Detour Festival del cinema di viaggio Padova 2014

Nomination · Swiss Film Award Best Cinematography 2014

ONE DAY AND NOTHING 

Switzerland 2008 · 35mm · B/W · 20’ · Spanish · Fiction

Director · Writer · Producer: Lorenz Merz 

Cinematography: Gabriel Sandru

Production: ZHdK University of the Arts Zurich 

 

WORLD PREMIERE

61. Festival del film Locarno 2008

 

AWARDS

Swiss Film Award · Best Swiss Short Film 2009

Pardino d'argento · 61. Festival del film Locarno 2008

Grand Prix · European Competition Festival du Film de Vendôme 2009

Youth Jury Prize · European Competition Festival du Film de Vendôme 2009 

Cinematography Award · Munich International  Film Festival 2008 

Public Award · University of the Arts Zurich 2008

 

WAR  

Switzerland 2014 · DCP · 111min · Color · CH-German

 

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz 

Director: Simon Jaquemet  

Producer: Hugofilm

Sales: Picture Tree International 

 

WORLD PREMIERE

62. Festival internacional de Cine San Sebastian 2014 

 

AWARDS

Swiss Film Award · Best Cinematography 2015

Max Ophüls Preis · Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2015

Best Feature · Bolzano International Film Festival 2015

Jury Prize · Marrakech International Film Festival 2014

MILLIONS CAN WALK 

Switzerland 2014 · DCP · Color ·  88’ ·  Hindi/English · Doc

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz · Kamal Musale  

Director: Christoph Schaub · Kamal Musale  

Producer: Reck Filmproduction

Sales: CAT&Docs

 

WORLD PREMIERE

13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary

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SUMMER GAMES 

Switzerland 2011 · 35mm · Color · 101 · Italian

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz 

Director: Rolando Colla

Producer: Peacock Film 

Sales: Rezo Film

 

WORLD PREMIERE

68. Venice International Film Festival 2011

 

AWARDS

Swiss Film Award «Quartz» · Best Cinematography 2012

Zurich Film Award · Best Film & Best Cinematography 2011

Nomination · Best Cinematography Debut Cameraimage 2012

Swiss Film Award «Quartz» · Best Fiction Film 2012

Swiss Film Award «Quartz» · Best Screenplay 2012 

 

OFFICIAL SWISS ENTRY 2012

84TH ACADEMY AWARDS · BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 

GOODNIGHT NOBODY 

Switzerland  2010 · 35mm · Color · 83’ · Documentary

Cinematography: Nikolai von Graevenitz · Lorenz Merz 

Director: Jacqueline Zünd 

Producer: Docmine Productions

 

WORLD PREMIERE

Nyon, Visions du Réel 2010

 

AWARDS

Cinematography Award · Doc Against Gravity FF Warsaw 2011

Swiss Film Award «Quartz» · Best Film Score 2011

Grand Jury Award · Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2011

Best Film Newcomer · Nyon Visions du Réel 2010 

Zurich Film Award 2010

WUNG DUNG · Switzerland 2007 · HD · Color · 5’ · Mandarin

PER LEI E ME · Switzerland 2005 · 16mm · Color · 5’

WORLD PREMIERE International Short Film Festival Winterthur 2007 

WORLD PREMIERE 59. Festival del film Locarno 2006

THE LITTLE SAMURAI · Switzerland 2006 · 35mm · Color · 5’

4*POEMS · Switzerland 2004 · HD · Color · 15’

WORLD PREMIERE Milano Film Festival 2005 

WORLD PREMIERE  60. Festival del film Locarno 2007 AWARDS Honorable Mention Locarno 2007 

CLOSED SEASON· Switzerland 2009 · 35mm · Color · 20’ · CH-German

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz 

Director: Irene Ledermann

Producer: ZHdK University of the Arts Zurich 

 

WORLD PREMIERE

62. Festival del film Locarno 2009  

 

AWARDS 

Best Swiss Camera 2009 · ISFF Winterthur 

Nomination · Best Cinematography Camerimage 2010 

Best Shortfilm · Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2010

Grand Prix · Krakow International Film Festival Etudia 2009

Best Shortfilm · 15° Festival Cinéma Tous Ecrans Genève 2009

Nomination · Swiss Film Award «Quartz» 2010 

 

SEVEN DAYS

Switzerland/Italy 2016 · DCP · Color · 96’ · Italian/French · Fiction

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz & Gabriel Lobos 

Director: Rolando Colla

Cast: Bruno Todeschini · Alessia Barela · Marc Barbé · Linda Olsansky

Producer: Peacock Film · Solaria Film

World Sales: Film Republic 

 

WORLD PREMIERE:

Zurich Film Festival 2016 

Lorenz Merz was born in Zurich from swiss-american parents. After formation in painting and photography he studied film at University of the Arts Zurich and Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. His diploma short One Day and Nothing 2008  won several awards, including the Silver Leopard at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival and the Swiss Film Prize 2009. His feature Cherry Pie 2013 (presented at IFF Locarno, Rotterdam Cork and many others) won international awards including the Valencia Moon at Cinema Jove - Valencia IFF 2014. His new cinema feature Beast 2020 is currently in post-production.  


As director of photography he was represented three times at Camerimage (worlds most important festival for cinematographers). Among other DoP awards he won another two times the Swiss Film Prize - Best Cinematography  for Summer Games 2011 by Rolando Colla and War 2014 by Simon Jaquemet. 

 

In 2013, he and fellow filmmakers founded the Zurich based production company 8horses. In 2015 he was part of the international Jury at the 68th Locarno IFF (Pardi di Domani) and the Neuchatel Fantastic IFF. Lorenz Merz is member of the EFA European Film Academy, the SFA Swiss Film Academy and the SCS Swiss Cinematographer’s Society. He’s father of two sons, lives and works  in the middle of Europe. 

contact 

info@8horses.ch 

+41 (0) 79 769 65 23