Zurich fest attracts stars for 6th edition
Adrian Grenier, Bob Geldof, Tschirner among Zurich attendeesCOLOGNE, Germany -- "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier, celebrity philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, German star Nora Tschirner ("Rabbit Without Ears") and Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind") will be among the VIPs attending this year's Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 23 – Oct. 3.
Zurich received worldwide attention last year after director Roman Polanski, en route to accept the festival's lifetime achievement award, was arrested by Swiss police on a decades-old sex charge. For its 6th edition, Zurich is hoping cinema, not scandal, will be in the spotlight.
Other luminaries making the trip to Zurich are directors Milos Forman, who will receive a retrospective tribute at the fest, and Oliver Stone, whose "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" closes the event. Also set to attend is actor Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon") and German actress Johanna Wokalek ("Pope Joan," "The Baader Meinhof Complex").
Actor/director Danny DeVito will travel to Zurich to accept the festival's Golden Icon Award on behalf of Michael Douglas, who had to bow out of the ceremony due to his ongoing treatment for throat cancer.
The Zurich fest kicks off with the world premiere of "Sennentuntschi," a mystery thriller from Swiss director Michael Steiner. Some of the higher profile titles getting the red carpet treatment include Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Cannes Competition entry "Biutiful," Danish drug addiction drama "Submarino" from director Thomas Vinterberg and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" starring Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts.