Zurich Film Festival Gala Screenings to Include Lance Armstrong Biopic

Stephen Frears' 'The Program' and the latest from Catherine Hardwicke and Noah Baumbach are among the titles set to screen at the Swiss event.

Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, Catherine Hardwicke's drama Miss You Already and Noah Baumbach's tragicomedy Mistress America are among the titles that will get feature gala screenings at this year's Zurich International Film Festival.

The first batch of gala films announced by Zurich represents an eclectic mix. The gala movies unveiled on Tuesday also include the French drama Mon Roi from Maiwenn; Ben Wheatley's J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise; and Kill Your Friends, a comedy thriller from director Owen Harris, set in the U.K. industry during the 1990s Britpop craze.

What the films share are A-list casts, thus promising red-carpet glamor in Zurich. The Program stars Ben Foster as Armstrong and co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Lee Pace and Chris O'Dowd. Miss You Already features Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette as best friends whose relationship is put to the test when one of them fall ill.

Mon Roi features a Cannes best actress-winning performance from Emmanuelle Bercot as a woman who falls for a seductive imposter (in the form of Vincent Cassel).

Tom Hiddleston stars in High-Rise (alongside Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss) as a resident of an ultra-modern tower block who loses all connection with social norms and morality. Kill Your Friends features an ensemble cast led by Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein, Rosanna Arquette and James Corden. And Mistress America stars Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the script with Baumbach, as an adventurous young woman who takes her soon-to-be stepsister (played by Lola Kirke) on a wild series of adventures in New York. 

The 11th Zurich festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4, will announce further gala and competition titles in the coming weeks.

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