‘Eden,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Set For Zurich’s Gala Premiere Section

Gone Girl

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” are among the 30 films set to unspool at Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premiere section.

“Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend known as the French touch in the 90s. The international cast comprises Felix de Givry, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet. “Eden” will world premiere at Toronto.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s crime bestseller, “Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller turning on a man (Ben Affleck) whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The Twentieth Century Fox movie will have its world premiere at the opening of New York film fest.

A Brooklyn-based tender comedy, “St. Vincent” stars Bill Murray as a bitter and cash-strapped veteran who unexpectedly becomes a role model for a young boy. Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts topline. The Weinstein Company will release Stateside on Oct. 24, following its premiere at Toronto and Zurich’s Gala screening.

Zurich’s eclectic Gala lineup also includes “The Equalizer,” “Good Kill,” “Im Keller” and “The New Girlfriend.”

A fast-paced American actioner directed by Antoine Fuqua, “The Equalizer” stars Denzel Washington as a former special task force undercover agent who faked his own death to ensure a life of peace. Pic stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Melissa Leo and is set to play at Toronto.

Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill” turns on an American officer and family man, Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke), who faces a moral dilemma when he gets ordered to carry out instructions that have a questionable goal. The Voltage Pictures pic bowed at Venice and will play at Toronto.

“Im Keller,” Ulrich Seidl’s documentary explores what people get up to in their basements. The doc deals with fitness and fascism, dolls and whips, sexual obsessions and dirty jokes.

Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” sold by Films Distribution, is an intimate movie centering around Claire (played by French shooting star Anaïs Demoustier) who falls into a deep depression after the death of her friend. A surprising discovery about her friend’s husband (Romain Duris) gives her a new taste for life. Pic will world premiere at Toronto in the Gala section.

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  1. Lynnacworth says:

    As a movie goer who usually sees between 125-150 movies a year, this year has been extremely bleak. There have been no reliable movies which lived up to their pre-release hype. Overdone sequels and over the hill heroes do not make for a good summer, as the studios have learned. I know that the trend says stay with the 18-25 year olds but I really think that the big shots need to realize that this tweeting group is very fickle with their box office money. I am looking forward to the fall releases and while I will fall way short of my normal trips to the movies maybe the studios will come to realize that making good sound story telling will bring them greater rewards in the long run.

    • Joyce Tyler says:

      All of the foreign films mentioned above seem worth checking out. Why not add them to your list of films to see? I started watching foreign films a long time ago for the same reason you stated above.

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