Films Starring Al Pacino, Michael Keaton, Kevin Kline to Play at Zurich Fest

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
Films Starring Al Pacino, Michael Keaton, Kevin Kline to Play at Zurich Fest

The 10th Zurich Film Festival has revealed its first gala premieres, including  David Gordon Green’s drama “Manglehorn” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s tragicomedy “Birdman.” Read on for further details.

According to Variety, the 10th Zurich Film Festival will be featuring films such as David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” Israel Horovitz’s “My Old Lady,” Frederick Wiseman’s “National Gallery,” Faith Akin’s “The Cut,” Alice Rohrwacher’s “Le Meraviglie” and Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash.”


The Zurich Film Festival is an annual film festival which is held by the end of September since 2005, with the 10th gala event taking place from Sept. 25  to Oct. 5, 2014. The festival focuses on the presentation and promotion of new director talent from around the world with only first, second or third directing works eligible to enter the three competition categories. Particular emphasis is placed on the discovery of new talent from the German-speaking world, with a separate competition category created solely for this purpose.

The festival is known for its top-class side-events programme, which includes the Zurich Master Class and the international Zurich Summit that make the event one of the most important international film industry hubs. The film fest is organized by Spoundation Motion Picture GmbH in cooperation with local institutes and sponsors and collaborates with domestic and international distributors and producers and was founded by Karl Spoerri, Nadja Schildknecht and Antoine Monot.

The 2014 entries include the following:

“Manglehorn” — a drama film directed by David Gordon Green, starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter. “Manglehorn” follows Angelo Manglehorn (Pacino), a small town locksmith, as he tries to find and get back the love of his life who left him heartbroken 40 years ago.

“Birdman” — a comedy drama co-written, produced and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, struggling to mount a Broadway play. It also stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Merritt Wever and Benjamin Kanes.

“My Old Lady” — a British-American comedy drama film directed and written by Israel Horovitz. It stars Kevin Kline, , a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. Once there, however, he discovers a refined old woman, Mathilde, played by Maggie Smith, is living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé played by Kristin Scott Thomas.

“National Gallery” is directed by Frederick Wiseman, a behind-the-scenes look at the National Gallery in London.

“Le Meraviglie” — an Italian drama film directed by Alice Rohrwacher.  It follows the story of 12-year-old Gelsomina and her three younger sisters designated as heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her father constructed around them to protect his family from “the end of the world.” Everything changes when Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, arrives in the community.

“Whiplash” — a drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz (J. K. Simmons).


That’s it for the 10th Zurich Film Fest, which will be held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, 2014. For more details on celebrities, events and upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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