‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Equalizer’ Set for Zurich Film Festival; James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ to Open Zurich

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Equalizer’ Set for Zurich Film Festival; James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ to Open Zurich

David Fincher’s Ben Affleck starrer “Gone Girl” and Antoine Fuqua’s Denzel Washington action pic “The Equalizer” will be part of the gala premiere lineup for the Zurich Film Festival. Meanwhile Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up” will open the said festivities. Read further for the details.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the annual Zurich Film Festival will include “The Equalizer” and “Gone Girl” on its lineup of gala premieres. James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” on the other hand, will be opening the international festival. Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy and Andrew Niccol’s Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill”  will also premiere in the event. Facilitators commended the “numerous prominent names” joining the lineup consisting of 30 gala pics.
Previous titles include David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” starring Al Pacino and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” with Michael Keaton Emma Stone and Edward Norton.


“Gone Girl” is a mystery-thriller film adapted from the 2012 novel of same name, written by author Gillian Flynn, who also penned the script for the film. “Gone Girl” takes up the story of Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne’s (Pike) difficult marriage, struggling for several reasons, leading to the disappearance of Amy. Nick finds himself drowning in questions from the police and the media; he eventually becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance. “Gone Girl” is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. The film is scheduled for release on Oct. 3, 2014.

“The Equalizer” is an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua. It is based on the television series of same name and stars Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo and Haley Bennett. It follows Robert McCall (Denzel) as a solitary, ex-special ops, who despises injustice and devotes himself to helping victims of criminals. Working at a small home improvement store by day in his off-time at a local diner he befriends a girl (Moretz) who is nearly killed by gangsters. After an initial battle, he learns they are members of the Russian mob, leading him to wage a one-man war against them and their partners in crime.

Meanwhile, “Get On Up” is a biographical drama film about the life of singer James Brown. It is directed by Tate Taylor and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Keith Robinson and Octavia Spencer.

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.

That’s it for the 10th Zurich Film Fest, premiering “Gone Girl” and “The Equalizer” and to be opened by “Get On Up.” The event 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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