Zurich selects ‘Impossible,’ ‘Argo’

'Love,' 'Arbitrage,' 'Looper' also screen

BERLIN — Juan Antonio Bayona’s tsunami drama “The Impossible,” starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage crisis thriller “Argo,” and Susanne Bier’s “Love Is All You Need,” with Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, are among 111 films unspooling at the Zurich Film Festival.

The fest’s lineup, announced on Thursday, includes 21 high-profile international titles — 12 of them from the U.S. — screening in the Gala Premieres section. Others include Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage,” Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” Jake Schreier’s “Robot and Frank,” Til Schweiger’s actioner “Schutzengel” (The Guardians), Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s “The Words” and Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions.”

Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” also in Gala Premieres, opens the fest, Sept. 20. The European premiere of Francois Ozon’s “In the House” closes it on Sept. 30.

Among the nine sections are the international feature and documentary competitions, which will screen Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Tobias Lindholm’s Danish pirate thriller “A Hijacking,” David Ayer’s “End of Watch” and Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s French coming-of-age drama “Punk.”

The fest’s core sections also include the German-language film and doc competitions, which, like the international competitions, screen only first, second or third productions by filmmakers.

The New World View regional focus this year is dedicated to Swedish cinema. Among the 11 Swedish pics are Daniel Espinosa’s “Easy Money” and Babak Najafi’s “Easy Money II,” Lisa Aschan’s “She Monkeys,” Axel Petersen’s “Avalon” and Simon Kajiser Da Silva’s “Stockholm East.”

The lineup boasts more films than ever before, with 111 compared with 95 last year. The increase is in line with the fest’s overall growth, which shows numbers up across the board, including more guests (350 compared with 215 in 2011), screenings and awards. This year the fest is also bowing a German-language film market.

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