Richard Gere to receive Golden Icon Award22. August 2012
This year’s Golden Icon Award goes to Hollywood star Richard Gere. The award will be presented to the actor on Sunday evening (23.09.) at the cinema corso. Gere plays the lead in the financial thriller ARBITRAGE, which is billed as one of the Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premieres. In order to celebrate the actor, the ZFF will also screen a variety of his films in a retrospective.
Richard Gere has appeared in over 50 films. His first lead role was in Terrence Malick’s 1978 film DAYS OF HEAVEN. His international breakthrough came with Paul Schrader’s erotic drama AMERICAN GIGOLO. His charismatic acting was later captured on film alongside Debra Winger in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982), alongside Valérie Kaprisky in BREATHLESS (1983) and in THE COTTON CLUB (1984) by Francis Ford Coppola.
He shone in his performance with Julia Roberts as an attractive businessman in the 1990 romantic comedy hit PRETTY WOMAN. He led a prominent cast of female actors in Robert Altman’s DR. T AND THE WOMEN (2000). His outstanding performance alongside Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones as a smart lawyer in the musical film CHICAGO brought him the Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2003.
In ARBITRAGE Gere plays an ambitious financial investor, who is also a loving husband and father. Susan Sarandon is a caring mother and the perfect wife. When his financial empire begins to crumble, however, he sinks into an ever-deeper moral quagmire. The family finally collapses under the heavy weight of fraud and corruption. The US thriller will be screened on Sunday (23.09) in both the cinemas corso and Arena SihlCity simultaneously.