Zurich to fete Richard Gere

'Arbitrage' to screen in Gala Premieres section

BERLIN — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor Richard Gere with its Golden Icon Award for lifetime achievement.

The fest, which runs Sept. 20-30, will also present the actor’s latest film, the Wall Street thriller “Arbitrage,” in its Gala Premieres section.

“Richard Gere is an extraordinary man whose accomplishments in Hollywood are equaled by his humanitarian achievements,” said fest chief Karl Spoerri. “We’re honored to recognize his amazing career at the Zurich Film Festival.”

Gere’s career has included leading roles in “Days of Heaven,” “American Gigolo,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Breathless,” “The Cotton Club,” “Pretty Woman” and “Chicago.”

In helmer Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage,” which co-stars Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth, Gere plays a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire.

Gere also lends his voice to helmer Barrett Esposito’s animated film “Henry & Me,” due for release next year.

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