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Zurich kicks off with Brit hits

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity team in Zurich

Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel celebrate The Man Who Knew Infinity on Zurich's opening night

September 2015

British talents stormed Zurich's green carpet for an opening night gala on Sept 24, and a record 26 UK films are screening during the festival.

The 11th Zurich Film Festival kicked off last night with a slew of British talents celebrating Matt Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on the true story of the self-taught Indian mathematics genius Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) finding a surprising mentor, Cambridge professor GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons), in the early 20th century.

The European premiere of the film took place on Zurich’s famous green carpet, and the huge delegation supporting the film included director Brown, Irons, Patel, co-stars Stephen Fry and Devika Bhise; producers Ed Pressman and Joe Thomas; executive producers Swati Bhise, Mark Montgomery and Pamela Godfrey; and associate producers and mathematics consultants Manjul Bhargava and Ken Ono.

If you think that’s a huge roll call, then just consider that Zurich has a record 26 British productions or co-productions in this year’s festival (out of 161 films).

Two UK features are in the hotly touted international competition, Tom Geens’ Couple in a Hole and Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist.

Also set to screen in Zurich are: 45 Years, Carol, The Hallow, High-Rise, Kill Your Friends, Listen To Me Marlon, Miss You Already, No Offence (TV), Pikadero, The Program, and A Syrian Love Story.

A Mike Leigh retrospective, which will welcome Leigh to Zurich on October 3, includes his films Bleak Moments, Meantime, High Hopes, Naked, Secrets & Lies, Career Girls, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year, A Running Jump and Mr. Turner. Leigh will also give a public talk in the ZFF Masters series.

Also, Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen leads the international jury, which also includes ’71 director Yann Demange. British documentarian Havana Marking serves on the documentary jury and music supervisor Maggie Rodford serves on the film score competition jury.

The British Council Film department welcomed Zurich festival directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknect to screen films in London this summer as part of our festival selector screenings series (more info here).