September 27, 2023



Nicolas Cage’s ‘Ideal Situation’ to Inaugurate the Zurich Film Festival.

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Ideal Situation’ to Inaugurate the Zurich Film Festival.

A24 is set to distribute the first English-language project directed by Kristoffer Borgli, known for ‘Sick of Myself.’

Kristoffer Borgli’s “Dream Scenario,” a surreal comedy featuring Nicolas Cage, is scheduled to kick off this year’s Zurich Film Festival. The movie, marking the Norwegian director’s English-language debut, comes after his impressive Cannes debut last year with “Sick of Myself.” In “Dream Scenario,” Cage portrays Paul Matthews, an unfortunate family man whose life takes an unexpected twist when countless strangers suddenly start encountering him in their dreams. The film co-stars Dylan Baker, Kate Berlant, Michael Cera, Dylan Gelula, and Tim Meadows.

“Dream Scenario” will make its global premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it will be the opening film for TIFF’s Platform competition program. A24 is responsible for the film’s domestic distribution. This represents a significant milestone as it’s the first time that the studio behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once” will have an opening night film at the Zurich Film Festival.

Due to an ongoing strike involving both writers and actors, it is not anticipated that the cast of “Dream Scenario” will be present at the Zurich premiere. However, director Borgli is confirmed to attend, alongside Alain Berset, the President of the Swiss Federal Council, and Corine Mauch, the Mayor of Zurich.

The Zurich Film Festival is set to feature numerous standout films from this year’s festival circuit, including Todd Haynes’ melodrama “May December,” starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, the psychological thriller “Eileen” starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie, directed by William Oldroyd, and Tran Anh Hung’s delectable French romance “The Pot-Au-Feu.” “Eileen” gained recognition following its success at Sundance, while “May December” and “The Pot-Au-Feu” created quite a buzz at Cannes.

Additionally, “Nyad,” a film that garnered attention at the Toronto Film Festival, tells the true story of Diana Nyad, a long-distance swimmer who, at the age of 60, becomes obsessed with completing a 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. The movie features Annette Bening as Nyad and Jodie Foster as her friend and coach, Bonnie Stoll, and it’s directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. It is set to have a gala premiere in Zurich.

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