Zurich Film Festival Announces Additional Gala Titles and Guests Zurich Film Festival Announces Additional Gala Titles and Guests
Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announces Johnny Depp and Wayne Roberts, along with Sönke Wortmann and his ensemble cast, and Marcus Rosenmüller and David Kross, to present... Zurich Film Festival Announces Additional Gala Titles and Guests

Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announces Johnny Depp and Wayne Roberts, along with Sönke Wortmann and his ensemble cast, and Marcus Rosenmüller and David Kross, to present further World premieres.

Three Academy Award winning directors: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Pawel Pawlikowski and Kevin Macdonald, among the names to present their films in Zurich.

The 14th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) has today announced a further line up of World and European premieres for its Gala strand, which this year will feature more than 30 titles. The festival is delighted to welcome a stellar list of cast members and filmmakers to Zurich to present their Gala premieres. The latest World Premieres to be announced are RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE, with lead actor Johnny Depp and director Wayne Roberts confirmed to attend the Gala premiere; TRAUTMANN, with director Marcus Rosenmüller and lead cast members David Kross and John Henshaw in attendance; and DER VORNAME, with director Sönke Wortmann and cast members present.

Amongst the visiting directors are three Academy Award winners: Florian Henckel von Donnersmark, who will be accompanied by his lead actors Sebastian Koch and Tom Schilling, to present WERK OHNE AUTOR (NEVER LOOK AWAY); Kevin Macdonald, who will present his Whitney Houston documentary, WHITNEY and Pawel Pawlikowski, who will present COLD WAR, the film for which he also picked up this year‘s Best Director prize at Cannes.

Two further European premieres have also been confirmed: TELL IT TO THE BEES, with director Annabel Jankel in attendance, and COLETTE, directed by Wash Westmoreland, and starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West.

As previously announced, this year’s Opening Night film is GREEN BOOK, with lead actor Viggo Mortensen and director Peter Farrelly in attendance. More Gala titles will be announced at ZFF’s press conference on Thursday September 13.

The latest Gala titles to be announced are:

TRAUTMANN 
*World premiere
Director: Marcus Rosenmüller
Cast: David Kross John Henshaw

DER VORNAME
*World premiere
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Cast: Iris Berben, Christoph Maria Herbst, Justus von Dohnányi, Caroline Peters, Janina Uhse

RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE
*World premiere
Director: Wayne Roberts
Cast: Johnny Depp

COLETTE
*European premiere
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw

TELL IT TO THE BEES
*European premiere
Director: Annabel Jankel
Cast: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger

WERK OHNE AUTOR (NEVER LOOK AWAY)
*German speaking territories premiere
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast: Sebastian Koch, Tom Schilling

COLD WAR
*German speaking territories premiere
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

WHITNEY
*Swiss premiere
Director: Kevin Macdonald

ZFF Co-Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri commented: “We are thrilled to include such a prestigious list of premieres in our Gala strand and to welcome award-winning directors including Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Kevin Macdonald and Pawel Pawlikowski, who can all boast Academy Awards amongst their accolades. The calibre of acting talent that we will host is equally strong, with Johnny Depp and Sebastian Koch amongst those expected to present their Gala premieres.”

The ZFF’s previously announced Gala titles are as follows:

A STAR IS BORN (Director: Bradley Cooper), BEAUTIFUL BOY (Director: Felix Van Groenigen), CAPHARNAÜM (Director: Nadine Labaki), FIRST MAN (Director: Damien Chazelle), KURSK (Director: Thomas Vinterberg), LIFE ITSELF (Director: Dan Fogelman), ROMA (Director: Alfonso Cuarón), THE FAVORITE (Director: Yorgos Lanthimos), THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (Director: David Lowery), THE SISTERS BROTHERS (Director: Jacques Audiard).

Additional titles and guests will be announced at the festival’s press conference which takes place in Zurich on September 13, 2018.

The 14th edition of the Zurich Film Festival takes place from September 27 – October 7, 2018. Learn more at http://www.zff.com.

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