Michael Keaton to be honored by Zurich Fest

Fest to screen his directorial debut 'The Merry Gentleman'

COLOGNE, Germany -- Michael Keaton will receive a special lifetime achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival where he will also screen his directorial debut "The Merry Gentleman."

The drama about a troubled woman, played by Kelly Macdonald, and her unlikely relationship with Keaton's suicidal hit man, will screen in Zurich Oct. 3. On Oct. 2, Keaton will give an acting and directing masterclass at the festival.

Joining Keaton in Zurich is Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, who will also receive a lifetime honor at this year's festival. The fifth Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, 2009.