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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SOUL OF A BEAST

Switzerland 2021 · DCI 1:1.33 · Color · 110min · 5.1 ·  Swiss-German/French

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Director · Writer · Cinematography: Lorenz Merz 

 

Cast: Ella Rumpf · Pablo Caprez · Luna Wedler · Lolita Chammah 

Art Blacca · Tonatiuh Radzi  · Angelique La Douce

WORLD PREMIERE

74° Locarno International Film Festival / Official Competition 2021

FESTIVALS 

Atlanta IFF, Cleveland IFF, Buenos Aires IFF, (Moscow IFF),

Shanghai IFF, Miami IFF, Washington IFF...

 

AWARDS

Swiss Film Awards 2022  · 8 Nominations · Winner 4 Awards:  

Best Actor · Best Cinematography · Best Music · Best Production Design 

Fantaspoa 2022: Best Screenplay Award   

ÉCU Paris 2022: Europe's Best Independent Film · Best Actor

Max Ophüls Prize 2022: Best Director · Critic Award · Best Actor

Locarno IFF: Winner Special Mention · Ecumenical Award 2021 

Production Company: Hesse Film · in association with 8horses 

World Sales: www.picturetree-international.com

CH-Distributer: www.ascot-elite.ch

www.beast-movie.com

TRAILER - 20th IKFTW

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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: Lorenz Merz & 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 (Laszlo Ovlinsky)

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 (Laszlo Ovlinsky)

Director: Christoph Schaub · Kamal Musale  

Producer: Reck Filmproduction

Sales: CAT&Docs

 

WORLD PREMIERE

13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary

SUMMER GAMES 

Switzerland 2011 · 35mm · Color · 101 · Italian

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz (Laszlo Ovlinsky)

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

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

Cinematography: Lorenz Merz (Laszlo Ovlinsky)

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 

 

WHO/MAN one that got away (in development)

120min - France, Senegal, Japan 2022/2023

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Writer · Director · Producer: Lorenz Merz  /// Creative Producer ·  Development: 8horses

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Lorenz Merz, born 1981 in Zurich from swiss-american parents. After formation in music, painting and photography he studied film at University of the Arts Zurich and Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. His graduate short One Day and Nothing 2008  won several awards, including the Silver Leopard at the 61st Locarno IFF  and the swiss film award  2009 - best director.

 

His improvised road movie Cherry Pie 2013 (IFF Locarno, Camerimage, Wroclaw, Rotterdam, Valencia, Cork..) won many international awards and was nominated for best cinematography at the swiss film awards 2014.

 

His latest feature Soul Of A Beast 2021 (74°Locarno IFF, Miami IFF, Atlanta IFF, Cleveland IFF, Moscow IFF, Buenos Aires IFF, Shanghai IFF...) won several awards and broke the record with 8 nominations including best picture at the Swiss Film Award 2022 - from where it won 4 Awards (Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Production Design).

 

With his work as cinematographer he was represented several times at Camerimage (worlds greatest festival dedicated to the art of cinematography). Among other awards he won three times the swiss film award - best cinematography - for Summer Games 2011by Rolando Colla (IFF Venice/Toronto 2011, official swiss entry - 84th Academy Awards 2012), War 2014 by Simon Jaquemet (IFF San Sebastian/Karlovy Vary 2014) and for his own film Soul of a Beast 2022 .

 

In 2013, he and fellow filmmakers founded the Zurich based production company 8horses. He was part of IFF Jury's (Locarno IFF, Neuchatel Fantastic IFF) and is member of the EFA European Film Academy, the SFA Swiss Film Academy and the SCS Swiss Cinematographer’s Society. Father of two sons, lives and works in Paris and Zurich. 

 

He currently works on new screenplay Who/Man (about the fastest woman in the world, a Japanese ghost and a car rally in the depths of the African continent)

contact 

+41 (0) 79 769 65 23

merz@8horses.ch