Jessica Chastain To Be Feted With Zurich’s Golden Icon Award As Actress Continues Festival Tour With ‘Memory’
Jessica Chastain will be honored with the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award at its upcoming edition running from September 28 to October 8.
The Academy Award actress will attend the Swiss festival with new film Memory, alongside director Michel Franco and co-star Peter Sarsgaard.
The feature will make its Swiss premiere at the festival on October 1, having world premiered at Venice earlier this month and then played at Toronto.
“Jessica Chastain is one of the most eminent actresses of her generation. Known for her smart choice of roles, she’s also a virtuoso when it comes to imbuing her characters with profound depth,” said ZFF Artistic Director Christian Jungen.
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Chastain is among just a handful of A-list actors still setting foot on festival red carpets during the Actors’ strike due to the fact that independent production Memory has a SAG-AFTRA interim agreement.
She addressed her nervousness in Venice about accompanying the film to festivals as the industrial action continues, but said she felt it was the right thing to do to support the union.
Chastain co-stars in Memory as New York social worker whose simple and structured life – revolving around her daughter, job, her AA meetings – is up-ended when a former classmate (Peter Sarsgaard) follows her home from their high school reunion.
Previous recipients of the Golden Icon Award include Glenn Close, Hugh Grant, Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Penn, Sharon Stone and Sir Ben Kingsley.
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