Zeitgeist Films

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Not to be confused with Zeitgeist: The Movie or Zeitgeist (film company).
Zeitgeist Films
Type Privately held company
Industry Film distribution
Founded June, 1988
Founders Nancy Gerstman
Emily Russo
Headquarters New York City
Key people Brett Holman
Ian Stimler
Adrian Curry
Website zeitgeistfilms.com

Zeitgeist Films is an American independent film distributor based in New York City founded in 1988 by co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Films distributed by Zeitgeist are strongly auteur-driven by directors such as Christopher Nolan, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Todd Haynes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Jan Švankmajer and the Brothers Quay. The expansive Zeitgeist film library includes Trouble the Water, The Corporation, Jellyfish, Examined Life, Into Great Silence, Following and Taste of Cherry. In June 2008, the MoMA honored two decades of Zeitgeist successes with a month long, twenty film retrospective entitled Zeitgeist: The Films of Our Time, exhibiting the distributor's twenty most critically acclaimed, intellectually stimulating titles.[1]

Selected films[edit]

Year Title Notes
2013 The Pervert's Guide to Ideology November, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date
2013 Let the Fire Burn October, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date
2013 Hannah Arendt May 29, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date
2013 One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das May 8, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date
2012 Uprising December, 2012 U.S. premiere and Golden Eagle winner at CINE competition
2012 Let My People Go! January 11, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date
2012 Koch October 8, 2012 premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival, U.S. release in February 2013
2012 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters October 31, 2012 U.S. theatrical release date
2012 Elena May 16, 2012 U.S. theatrical release date
2012 The Salt of Life March 2, 2012 U.S. theatrical release date
2012 China Heavyweight January 20, 2012 premiere at Sundance Film Festival
2012 Payback January 20, 2012 premiere at Sundance Film Festival, U.S. release in April 2012
2011 Something Ventured Premiered April 24, 2011 at the San Francisco International Film Festival
2011 Paul Goodman Changed My Life October 19, 2011 U.S. theatrical release date
2011 The Tree 2010 Cannes Film Festival Closing Night Film, Premiered at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival
2011 !Women Art Revolution Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection
2011 Queen to Play Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival Special Mention for John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature
2011 Bill Cunningham New York New Directors/New Films Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival Best Documentary Film
2010 Vision Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection
2010 Last Train Home Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
2010 Mid-August Lunch Venice Film Festival Best First Film, Best Italian Film Award. London Film Festival Satyajit Ray Award
2010 The Oath Sundance Film Festival Best Cinematography Award: US Documentary, Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection
2009 A Town Called Panic Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Fantastic Festival Audience Award
2009 Act of God Hot Docs Opening Night Gala
2009 Earth Days Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Film
2009 The Horse Boy Winner South by Southwest Audience Award
2009 The Sun Behind the Clouds Winner Palm Springs International Film Festival Best of the Fest award
2009 Afghan Star Sundance Film Festival People's Choice Award (the World Cinema Audience Award for a Documentary) and Best Director for a Documentary (the World Cinema Directing Award)
2008 Trouble the Water Academy Award for Documentary Feature nominee
2008 Tulpan Kazakhstan's Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film
2008 Three Monkeys Turkey's Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Best Director Award Cannes Film Festival 2008
2008 Harlan - In the Shadow of Jew Süss
2008 Fados
2008 Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
2008 Examined Life directed by Astra Taylor, featuring Cornel West
2008 Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains
2008 Up the Yangtze 2008 Best Feature Documentary San Francisco International Film Festival, 2009 Canadian Oscar Genie Award for Best Documentary, and 2008 Asian Oscar Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for Best Documentary.
2007 Strangers Official Selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival
2007 Jellyfish Camera d’Or
2007 Chris & Don: A Love Story
2007 Billy the Kid Winner South by Southwest Jury Prize
2006 Manufactured Landscapes
2006 Into Great Silence Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize
2005 Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nominee
2005 Ballets Russes
2004 The Corporation with Noam Chomsky
2002 Derrida San Francisco Film Festival Golden Gate Award
2002 Nowhere in Africa Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1999 Following directed by Christopher Nolan
1997 Taste of Cherry Palme d'Or, directed by Abbas Kiarostami
1992 Careful directed by Guy Maddin
1991 Poison Sundance Grand Jury Prize, directed by Todd Haynes

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zeitgeist: The Films of Our Time". MoMA. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

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