Magazine article Screen International

'Lion' Opens Zurich with a Roar

Magazine article Screen International

'Lion' Opens Zurich with a Roar

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The 12th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22 - Oct 2) got offto an emotional start on Thursday with the European premiere of Australian director Garth Davis's heartwarming drama Lion.

The tale of a young Australian man who attempts to retrace the Indian birth mother he lost as a child lefthardly a dry eye in the packed theatre (with the festival thoughtfully including a packet of tissues in the opening-night goodie bag).

"The audience responded really well," said ZFF co-founder and artistic director Karl Spoerri. "It's a very emotional film. It's interesting this year we have so many films related to the family."

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Harvey Weinstein, Lion's executive producer and US distributor, and producer Iain Canning joined Davis on stage ahead of the screening. A gentle buzz is growing around Lion as a potential awards season contender, not least because of Weinstein's involvement. …

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