Zurich Festival: 'A Star Is Born,' 'First Man' to Get Gala Premieres

Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' and Felix Van Groeningen's 'Beautiful Boy' are among the highlights of the 2018 Zurich Film Festival.

Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, featuring Lady Gaga; Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, starring Ryan Gosling; and Alfonso Cuaron's period epic Roma are among the highlights of the upcoming Zurich International Film Festival, which is set to run Sept. 27-Oct. 7

The festival on Wednesday unveiled the first batch of its gala premieres, which will draw heavily from Venice's competition lineup this year. In addition to Roma and First Man, Zurich will also screen Venice competition titles The Favourite — Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' twisted period pic starring Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz — and The Sisters Brothers, the English-language debut of French director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone).

Also heading to Zurich are Beautiful Boy, the first English-language film from Oscar-nominated Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown); David Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun, which stars Robert Redford in what is billed as his final acting performance; Thomas Vinterberg's submarine-set thriller Kursk, featuring Matthias Schoenaerts, Lea Seydoux and Colin Firth; and the hotly anticipated Life Itself from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. The Old Man & the Gun premiered at Telluride, while the other pics will first screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Zurich so far has picked just one Cannes title — Nadine Labaki's politically charged fable Capernaum — for its gala lineup.

The festival is set to kick off with Peter Farrelly's Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.