Zurich: Al Gore to Present 'An Inconvenient Sequel' at Festival

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The former U.S. vice president will attend a screening of the sequel to Oscar-winner 'An Inconvenient Truth' in Zurich in October.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will attend this year's Zurich International Film Festival to present An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Davis Guggenheim's 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

An Inconvenient Sequel will screen in Zurich on Sunday, October 8. Al Gore will attend the screening and present the documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shen. 

“We are proud to welcome Al Gore, one of the most globally influential politicians, environmental activists and Nobel Prize winners of recent years," said Zurich Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. "An Inconvenient Truth was a truly powerful and impactful movie and we respect his continued efforts to inform and inspire audiences around the world."

An Inconvenient Sequel had its world premiere in Sundance this year and also screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Paramount Pictures, which gave the documentary a limited release July 28, will open the documentary nationwide on Friday, August 4, in a bid to give the film the opportunity to reach a wider audience. The film's message on climate change is especially topical as the Trump administration continues to dispute that man-made pollution is causing global warming.

Directors Cohen and Shen made last-minute changes to the doc to reflect the Trump administration's recent withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change.

Predictably, given the current political climate in Washington, the documentary has already stirred up partisan passions. A Capitol Hill screening of the film last month was snubbed by Republican lawmakers. And a day before the film's release, conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research released a report accusing Gore of hypocrisy, claiming that, at his home in Nashville, the former vice president consumes at least 21 times more energy than the average American household.

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