LONDON – Kiefer Sutherland, who won two Screen Actors Guild awards, an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Jack Bauer in “24,” will be the recipient of the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye award, which he will receive on Sept. 25.
“The way Kiefer Sutherland has reinvented himself throughout his career is a testament to the rare acting skills he exhibited at a young age and honed as his roles evolved through various mediums,” said ZFF directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht.
The Western-inspired film “Forsaken,” in which Sutherland stars alongside his father, “Hunger Games” star Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore and Brian Cox, has been selected for a gala premiere.
The film is helmed by Jon Cassar, who won Directors Guild of America awards for “24” and “The Kennedys,” and is adapted from a script by Brad Mirman. The producers are Kevin DeWalt, Gary Howsam, Bill Marks, Josh Miller and Isabella Marchese Ragona.
The movie centers on Civil War veteran John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland), who is a formidable quick-draw gunfighter. Weary of his years of violence, John Henry is determined to lay down his guns for good, and quietly returns to his hometown. His father, the Reverend William Clayton (Donald Sutherland), resolutely condemns his son’s past and is skeptical of his pledge to reform.
As father and son bear witness to a murderous gang’s appropriation of local properties — including that of John Henry’s long-lost love, Mary Alice (Moore) — John Henry is faced with an onerous existential dilemma. Is it better to turn the other cheek or to use his deadly talents to dispose of the villains — led by powerful landlord and saloon keeper McCurdy (Cox) — who are corrupting the town?
The festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 4.