Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman, currently starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the drama The Father, will be honored with the Golden Eye award at the 16th Zurich Film Festival.

In director Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” the British Academy Award-winning actress plays the daughter of a dementia-suffering father who refuses to be helped. The Zurich Film Festival honors the actress with a Golden Eye for her achievements. Colman, who is currently filming and unable to travel to Zurich due to the corona pandemic restrictions, will appear via live-stream during the Gala Premiere screening of The Father on Saturday, September 26.

“Olivia Colman is one of the most exciting character actresses of her generation. She is a highly versatile performer who embodies her characters with great depth,” remarked Artistic Director Christian Jungen. “You never see the star when she’s at work, only the character. After having the privilege of showing her Academy Award-winning performance in The Favourite, we are deeply honored to present her with the Golden Eye for her achievements.”

Colman embodied the English ruler Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018) and expressed with great skill both the extravagance and the tragedy of the early 18th century monarch. The film, her second collaboration with Yorgos Lanthimos, followed an initial performance for the director in his dystopian romantic comedy The Lobster (2015). Colman now demonstrates her exceptional talent once again, this time alongside acting heavyweight Anthony Hopkins. Released by Sony Pictures Classics, Florian Zeller’s drama is set to join the Oscar race.

“I am genuinely honored to receive the Golden Eye Award. To be in the company of those that have been presented with it previously, I mean, wow! My enormous thanks to the Zurich Film Festival. I only wish I could be there in your beautiful city in person.” Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman can currently be seen performing a further regal role on Netflix, where she excels as Elizabeth II in the third season of the series The Crown. The fourth season, also with Colman in the lead role, starts in November.

Previous winners of the Golden Eye Award have been: Iris Berben, Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt.

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