Zurich film festival kicks off with a ‘Rush’

The ninth annual Zurich film festival kicked off on Thursday with the screening of Rush, American director Ron Howard’s new film about Formula One motor racing.

Zurich film festival kicks off with a ‘Rush’
Scene from Rush, featuring actors Chris Hemsworth (left) Daniel Brühl. Photo:

Two of the film’s stars, Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara, were in attendance, among a clutch of Hollywood names dropping by for the festival opened by federal Home Affairs Minister Alain Berset, responsible for culture.

Celebrities on hand for the opening included Swiss alpine ski champion Didier Cuche, former Brazilian football star Ronaldo and former Swiss president Moritz Leuenberger.

The 11-day festival in Switzerland’s largest city features 16 premieres among the 122 films to be shown.

Other stars scheduled to make appearances include American actor Harrison Ford, who is to receive the festival’s Golden Eye award for lifetime achievement on October 4th.

Ford is set to attend a tribute in his honour at the Corso cinema.

Hugh Jackman is slated to be honoured with the festival’s Golden Icon award on Saturday (September 28th), when the Australian actor and producer will present his latest film, the thriller Prisoners.

US film producer Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films, will give a talk on Sunday ahead of an evening screening of his latest project, One Chance, the story of a singer who became famous overnight after performing arias on “Britain’s Got Talent”.

Premieres include Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s latest film Devil’s Knot, the biopic Diana, starring Naomi Watts and directed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel and All is Lost, featuring Robert Redford as a solo sailor in the Indian Ocean, directed by American J. C. Chandor.

Le Week-End, a comedy from English director Roger Michell, is also on the list, telling the story of how a long-married British couple try to rekindle their love life with a visit to Paris.

This year’s festival is spotlighting films from Brazil and expanding its film music competition.

Nadja Schildknecht, co-director of the festival with Karl Spoerri, said organizers want the event to grow at a moderate pace.

“A higher budget of 6.1 million francs made it possible to optimize our corporate structure, as well as further develop the contents of the programme,” she said in a news release.

“A large part of the the event’s infrastructure is located around the Sechseläutenplatz — the rest at Sihlcity, ensuring the ZFF remains a festival of short distances, which is highly appreciated by our guests.”

For more information, check the festival's website.

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