*Not only has Laurence Fishburne been chosen as the international jury president for the 2011 Zurich Film Festival (Sept. 22 – Oct.2), “The Matrix” and “CSI” star will also receive a special achievement award in honor of his life’s work. Plus, his latest film, “Contagion,” will open the festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” which also stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, is an action thriller centering on the outbreak of a deadly virus. Fishburne is currently shooting Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” where he plays Perry White.
Joining Fishburne on the Zurich international jury is former Paramount Film Group president John Lesher, whose, during his tenure at the studio greenlight such Oscar winners as “No Country For Old Men,” ‘There Will Be Blood” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” Actors Alice Eve (“The Raven,” “Men in Black III”) and Denmark’s Paprika Steen (“The Celebration”), European Film Market head Beki Probst and Oscar-nominated Serbian director Stevan Arsenijevic (“Love and Other Crimes”) complete the international jury.
Also attending this year’s Zurich fest is two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn, who will receive Zurich’s Golden Icon Award. The full Zurich festival line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.