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The Zurich International Film Festival has unveiled its gala program for its 2020 edition, and it includes some of the buzziest titles of this year’s unique awards season.
Regina King’s directorial debut, One Night in Miami, a civil rights drama focused on a real-life encounter between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown, will unspool in Zurich after its premieres in Venice and Toronto. Nomadland, Chloé Zhao’s drama about new American nomads, starring Frances McDormand and David Strathairn, will have a simultaneous Venice and Toronto world premiere on Friday, Sept. 11. before heading to Zurich.
The Courier, Dominic Cooke’s spy drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will celebrate its European premiere in Zurich, while Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour, with Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Euros Lyn’s comedy Dream Horse featuring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; and The Nest, a psychodrama starring Jude Law, Carrie Coon from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin will also get Zurich gala berths.
On the international front, Zurich’s gala lineup includes this year’s Venice Film Festival opener The Ties from Italian director Daniele Luchetti; 1950s-set Israeli family drama Here We Are from director Nir Bergman (Broken Wings), about a single father raising an autistic son; Danielle Arbid’s French-language drama Passion Simple; Heidi Ewing’s Mexican-set drama I Carry You With Me; and Contra, a German comedy from veteran helmer Sönke Wortmann (Maybe…Maybe Not), which will have its international premiere at the 16th Zurich fest.
Zurich is one of the few film festivals in Europe that will be held in person this year, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a sign of national solidarity, Zurich opened up its program this year to films from other Swiss festivals forced to cancel due to COVID-19.
Zurich this year is also opening its theaters to independent movies, mainly from the U.S., that would have premiered at other film festivals, such as SXSW and Tribeca, that were canceled due to COVID-19. The U.S. screenings are primarily for the film industry, to give world sales companies a platform to present their movies to international distributors.
The 16h Zurich International Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.
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