Jessica Chastain is set to be honoured with the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. The celebrated actress will be showcasing her newest movie, “Memory,” at the event on October 1, where she will appear alongside the film’s director, Michel Franco, and fellow actor Peter Sarsgaard. The latter recently bagged the Best Actor accolade for his role in the film at the Venice Film Festival.
“Memory” delves into the life of Sylvia, played by Chastain, a social worker whose orderly world, centred around her daughter, job, and AA meetings, unravels when an old high school classmate, Saul (Sarsgaard), re-enters her life. This unexpected reunion significantly alters the course of both their lives, as they grapple with their shared history.
Michel Franco lauded Chastain in a Variety interview, declaring her arguably the finest actress currently working in America and even going so far as to suggest she may be the best in the world. Zurich Film Festival’s artistic director, Christian Jungen, also heaped praises on Chastain, describing her as a leading light among her peers and applauding her knack for choosing roles that allow her to bring depth and humanity to her characters.
Chastain joins a distinguished list of Golden Icon Award alumni, including Glenn Close, Hugh Grant, Diane Keaton, and several others. The Zurich Film Festival, running from September 28 to October 8, will also feature the European premiere of “Dream Scenario,” a satire starring Nicolas Cage, and debut a documentary about musician Pete Doherty titled “Peter Doherty — Stranger in My Own Skin” in its Sounds section.
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