LONDON — The Zurich Film Festival has added several titles to its Gala Premieres lineup, including “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp, “Colonia,” starring Emma Watson, and “Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford.
“Black Mass,” which is directed by Scott Cooper, is the true story of Whitey Bulger (Depp), a criminal who — with the help of the FBI — became one of the most powerful gangsters in the Boston underworld. It also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson.
“Colonia, which is helmed by Florian Gallenberger, also stars Daniel Bruehl and Michael Nyqvist. It is set in Chile in 1973. In the confusion of the military coup Daniel is abducted by the secret service and brought to the notorious Colonia Dignidad. His girlfriend Lena decides to join the mysterious community to save him.
Ken Kwapis’ “Walk in the Woods” also stars Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman and Emma Thompson. Bill Bryson (Redford) wants to hike the 2,000 kilometer-long Appalachian Trail. His companion on this hazardous journey is the former alcoholic Steve Katz (Nolte).
Also screening in the Gala section are Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” Anton Corbijn’s “Life” and James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour.”
“Sicario,” which stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, centers on an idealist FBI agent (Blunt), who is enlisted by the government to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Life” stars Ben Kingsley, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton and Dane DeHaan. A series of photos of actor James Dean is supposed to put photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) on the map. But working with the eccentric star turns out to be complicated.
“The End of the Tour” stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Chlumsky in an autobiographical film about Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky (Eisenberg) and his meeting with author David Foster Wallace (Segel). Bit by bit Lipsky explores the literary genius’ contradictory personality.
The Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.