Actor to receive career achievement award
BERLIN — Michael Keaton will be honored at the upcoming Zurich Film Festival with the event’s career achievement award.Keaton will attend the fest to receive the prize and also present his directorial debut, “The Merry Gentleman.” The actor-director will also take part in a Zurich masterclass to discuss the making of “The Merry Gentleman,” in which he also stars along with Kelly Macdonald. Pic, which preemed in Sundance last year, is the story of a single woman who develops a relationship with an ailing assassin. Keaton joins Morgan Freeman and Roman Polanski, who are also being feted at this year’s event. The fest has also tapped German star and multihyphenate Til Schweiger, Henning Molfenter, producer and managing director of Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, and Swiss film composer Niki Reiser to serve on the jury of this year’s newly introduced German-Speaking Feature Film Competition. As in the other competitions — International Feature Film and International Documentary Film — the German sidebar will present first, second and third works by young filmmakers. Running Sept. 24-Oct. 4, the Zurich fest kicks off with the world premiere of “Lila, Lila,” Swiss director Alain Gsponer’s adaptation of Martin Suter’s bestselling novel starring Daniel Bruehl (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Hannah Herzsprung (“Vision”). Pic follows the misadventure of a celebrated writer whose hit debut novel was actually plagiarized from a manuscript actually written by a homeless man.