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Michael Steiner's new movie EARLY BIRDS opens Frame cinema complex   

Zürich, August 222023

The theatres at Frame will open on September 27 with the world-premiere screening of Michael Steiner's Langstrasse thriller EARLY BIRDS. The highly anticipated Swiss movie starring Nilam Farooq, Silvana Synovia and Anatole Taubman pre-opens the 19th Zurich Film Festival before screening in the festival's "Gala Premieres" section. With its six theatres and a restaurant run by Samigo, Frame marks the start of the ZFF by opening its doors to the public on September 28.      

Silvana Synovia and Nilam Farooq in EARLY BIRDS © 2023 Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. All Rights Reserved.

The new Frame cinema opens with a bang on September 27 when the acclaimed Swiss director Michael Steiner presents his most recent movie EARLY BIRDS, a high-octane neo-noir thriller that was largely shot in Zurich's Langstrasse district. The film is set to have its world premiere in the presence of cast and crew – screening simultaneously in all six theatres of the new cinema complex.    

"We're delighted that the six state-of-the-art theatres could be saved. Now it's time to inaugurate them with a Swiss film on the eve of the 19th Zurich Film Festival," explained Christian Jungen, Artistic Director of the ZFF. "This, of course, is also a programmatic choice, as Frame is set to become the premiere house and home of Swiss cinema."

"It's a pleasure and honour to open Frame with the world premiere of EARLY BIRDS. A neo-noir thriller shot on Langstrasse – fast, furious, breathless", says Michael Steiner.

Director Michael Steiner © Michael Steiner

The day after its pre-opening with EARLY BIRDS, the Frame cinema complex with its six theatres and the restaurant Khouris run by Mr Samigo marks the start of the 19th Zurich Film Festival by opening its doors to the general public. The cinemas will be operated by Spoundation Motion Picture AG, the marketing agency behind the ZFF. "Frame offers the ZFF a permanent home and a year-round presence," says a delighted Jennifer Somm, and continues: "The opening of Frame is the start of a new chapter for the ZFF, and a perfect reason for us to celebrate great cinema."      

EARLY BIRDS: The world premiere of a Langstrasse thriller

Directed by Michael Steiner (UND MORGEN SEID IHR TOT, MEIN NAME IST EUGEN, SENNENTUNTSCHI), the neo-noir thriller EARLY BIRDS tells the story of the two wildly different women Annika (Nilam Farooq) and Caro (Silvana Synovia), who become embroiled in a web of unpredictable events following a night out on the town. As the two flee together from the police, drug dealers and themselves, they're confronted by the collision of two worlds: their personal freedom and unrelenting violence.

The film, set partly on Zurich's Langstrasse, was shot entirely in Switzerland and features a multi-national cast. Newly discovered Swiss talent Silvana Synovia and the German actor Burak Yiğit play alongside German star actress Nilam Farooq (CONTRA, RATE YOUR DATE) and the internationally acclaimed Swiss actor Anatole Taubman (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, WANDA, MEIN WUNDER). The film is a hugofilm features production in collaboration with Netflix and CH Media Entertainment.   

Visualisation of the new cinema Frame © ZFF

Opening of Frame's theatres as the pre-opening to the 19th Zurich Film Festival with stars and celebs from the world of film and cinema

The Frame cinema complex will open for the first time on September 27. Jennifer Somm, who as Managing Director of SMP is responsible for the opening and operating of the new theatres on Europaallee, gives a preview of what visitors to Frame can expect: "I'm really looking forward to the opening – it's going to be great cinema!  A huge celebration of Zurich cinema with stars and celebrities from the film and cinema industries. In addition to invited guests, several lucky competition winners will also get to take part in the festivities. With the motto "A night at the cinema for free", we want to give back to the people of Zurich by giving away a limited number of tickets for this spectacular evening via the new cinema Frame and ZFF social media channels. The winners will join our illustrious guests to open Frame, experience a world premiere screening and revel in true Langstrasse style at the after-party."    

The new Frame website is being created here.      

Mr Samigo and Family as Frame gastro partners with the temporary restaurant "KHOURIS"

As an additional highlight, Mr Samigo and Family open their new temporary Middle Eastern restaurant “KHOURIS”. Sami Khouri succeeds once more in shaking up Zurich's gastro scene by amazing with a brand-new food & bar concept. The Zurich-based operator of the "Palestine Grill", "Samigo Amusement", "les halles" and a whole host of pop-ups relies on a mix of classic and modern Middle Eastern cuisine to entice future guests to join one huge family meal. In addition to the restaurant, a piece of Zurich's bar history in the form of an art installation will also find its place right next to the premises of Frame. Just one more reason to be excited about the joint after-party and upcoming collaboration!   

Zurich Film Festival

The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is the second largest festival in the German-speaking world. Over 11 days in autumn, it presents the greatest discoveries and the year’s most anticipated movies. The ZFF promotes exchange between upcoming directors, established filmmakers, the film industry and the general public. Last year's ZFF attracted over 137,000 spectators and thousands of accredited film and media professionals from all over the world.

The 19th edition takes place from September 28 until October 8, 2023

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