Magazine article Screen International

Zurich Opens with Rush

Magazine article Screen International

Zurich Opens with Rush

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Actor Daniel Bruhl, footballer Ronaldo, director Marc Forster and writer Peter Morgan were among those to walk the 'green carpet' for the Zurich Film Festival's opening film, Rush.

The 9th Zurich Film Festival launched last night with the Ron Howard's Formula 1 drama Rush - the film's premiere in the German-speaking world.

The glamorous evening saw 750 invited guests walk the 'green carpet', including actor Daniel Bruhl, who plays Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's racing drama; the film's screenwriter, Peter Morgan; and Cross Creek Pictures producer Brian Oliver.

Also in attendance was World War Z director Marc Forster, who is heading the international jury at this year's festival, and footballer Ronaldo who has been invited as part of ZFF's sidebar on Brazilian cinema.

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The film was given a rapturous round of applause and whistles as the final credits rolled and Swiss TV personality Sandra Studer welcomed Bruhl, Morgan and Oliver to the stage as well as Bruhl's double and stuntman Maruo Pane.

Asked why Oliver was interested in producing a film about a sport not hugely popular in the US, the producer said: "When I read the script, the thing that resonated from the screenplay was that if you took the racing out it would still work.

"We never set out to make a racing movie. We set out to make a character study of these two people and what drives them... and that's credit to Peter Morgan's great script."

Morgan, who also wrote the script for Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon as well as Oscar-winners The Queen and The Last King of Scotland, said his marriage helped inform his writing.

"I'm not really a Formula 1 guy. But I'm married to an Austrian and I'm English so the idea of writing a story about a battle between an Austrian and an Englishman felt very familiar to me," he said to laughter from the audience.

"A number of people had approached Niki about doing his story and when I came up with the idea of doing it through the rivalry with James he loved that idea. He was very fond of James and had a great deal of respect for him."

Bruhl, who will next be seen in Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, revealed Lauda's reaction to Rush.

"When he first saw the movie, he was very touched," said Bruhl. "It was tough for him to relive these moments of the accident. …

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