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Zurich to honor Costa-Gavras

Festival opens with 'Baader Meinhof'

BERLIN — The Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 5, will honor Constantin Costa-Gavras with its Golden Eye award for lifetime achievement.

The fest will present the prize to the Greek-born writer-director on Oct. 4 as part of its A Tribute To series.

Describing Costa-Gavras as “one of the most renowned representatives of active political cinema,” fest organizers said the prolific Paris-based multihyphenate had inspired a new generation of young filmmakers.

As part of the award presentation, the fest will offer a retrospective of Costa-Gavras’ works, including 1969’s Oscar-winning political thriller “Z”; 1970’s “The Confession”; 1982 Jack Lemmon starrer “Missing,” another Oscar winner; 1987’s “Betrayed,” with Debra Winger; “Music Box” (1989); and 2002’s Third Reich drama “Amen.”

Helmer Uli Edel’s “The Baader Meinhof Complex” opens the fest, on the same day that Constantin Film releases the pic in Germany.

The Bernd Eichinger production, based on the book of the same name by Stefan Aust, chronicles the rise and fall of West Germany’s notorious Red Army Faction terrorist group.

Edel, Eichinger, Aust and star Moritz Bleibtreu, who plays terrorist ringleader Andreas Baader, will attend the fest.

“The Baader Meinhof Complex” is also screening at next month’s Rome Film Festival.

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