Zurich Film Festival Unveils Lineup

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European premieres for Peter Berg's real-life disaster drama 'Deepwater Horizon,' Garth Davis' 'Lion' and Rob Reiner's political biopic 'LBJ' are among this year's highlights.

The Zurich Film Festival on Thursday unveiled its full lineup, which promises the mix of U.S. Oscar bait and European art house delights that the Swiss event has become known for.

Among the highlights of this year's festival, set to run Sept. 22-Oct. 2, are Garth Davis' Lion starring Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel alongside Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, which will open the event; Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, a look at the 2010 explosion and sinking of a BP-operated oil rig off the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 people; and LBJ, Rob Reiner's political biopic starring Woody Harrelson as the 36th U.S. president, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

All three pics will have their European premieres in Zurich, alongside such features as Werner Herzog's thriller Salt and Fire, starring Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal, and Forever Pure, a documentary by U.K. filmmaker Maya Zinshtein on the chaos that hit Israel soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. when it broke its own unwritten rule and signed two Muslim players to the team.

Over the years, Zurich has carved out an impressive niche for socially conscious nonfiction films, and the 12th edition is no exception. In addition to Forever Pure, this year's fest includes Jerome Salle's deep-sea environmental doc The Odyssey; Good Fortune, from the directing team Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell (The Big Fix, Fuel); and Borderland Blues, a look at tensions on the U.S.-Mexican border from German filmmaker Gudrun Gruber.

Among the VIPs expected at the fest this year are Hugh Grant, who will receive a lifetime achievement award, and Daniel Radcliffe, who will take part in Zurich's ZFF Master series, where he will discuss his body of work. Both actors also will present their new films: Grant's Florence Foster Jenkins and Radcliffe's Imperium and Swiss Army Man.

Acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas also will be feted with a retrospective that will include his latest drama, Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart and Lars Eidinger. And Deepwater Horizon producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose long list of credits includes the Transformers, G.I. Joe and RED franchises, also will be honored with Zurich's Golden Eye award for his life's work.