Aaron Sorkin to Get Career Achievement Honor at Zurich Festival

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The Oscar-winning screenwriter will present his directorial debut, 'Molly's Game,' at the festival.

Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's Zurich international film festival. 

Zurich will present Sorkin with its ZFF Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony on Oct. 4. The event will be followed by the European premiere of Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.

Sorkin won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his screenplay to David Fincher's The Social Network. He got a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination in 2011 for his script (co-written with Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin) to Bennett Miller's Moneyball. The West Wing, the TV series on life in the White House, which Sorkin created, won the Emmy for best drama series four years running, from 2000-2003.

"Aaron Sorkin is not only regarded as one of U.S. cinema's greatest screenwriters, he is also widely acknowledged as the writer of several legendary plays and as the celebrated creator of The West Wing, one of the most acclaimed TV series ever made," said Zurich festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri

Molly's Game tells the true story of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game, and thus became an FBI target. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner.