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Zurich rolls out red carpet

Stone, Davis, Taylor, Irons attending fest

The Help” stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis plus director Tate Taylor will be at the seventh Zurich Film Festival for the Swiss preem of Disney’s box office hit.

The fest, which opens Thursday with Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” and closes with “The Help” on Oct. 2, is cranking up the star wattage with a growing roster of guests and a strong lineup of high-profile films.

Jeremy Irons will be in Zurich for the screening of “Margin Call” along with Maximilian Schell and fest honorees Sean Penn, Paul Haggis, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Roman Polanski.

Over the last seven years, we have worked hard to build a legitimate festival with an exceptional program that would be recognized on the world stage, and this year’s lineup shows we have turned the corner,” said fest co-director Karl Spoerri.”We are so happy with the support we are now receiving from filmmakers, distributors and actors in the Hollywood community, as well as our very important local markets, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It has helped tremendously to elevate our status in the annual film festival calendar.”

Films include Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” “Restless,” from Gus Van Sant, George Clooney’s “Ides of March” Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights.”

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