"No Time to Die" Becomes Official Selection at Zurich Film Festival
For the first time ever, a James Bond film will be the official selection of a festival with it confirmed today that the long-delayed No Time to Die will make it's Swiss premiere at the 17th Zurich Film Festival on September 28th which will be the same day the film will have it's world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This will ahead of the film's release in the U.K. and Ireland on September 30th (through Universal Pictures International) and in the U.S on October 8th (through MGM via its United Artists Releasing banner). Serving as the 25th overall Eon production of the famous British spy character, the premiere will also stage a retrospective of the other Bond movies starring Daniel Craig who be playing the character for the last time in the upcoming film. Zurich Film Festival artistic director, Christian Jungen had this to say on the film's selection:
“We are extremely pleased to be one of the first in the world to show our audience the most recent Bond adventure. We fought for months to get this premiere and had to negotiate every last detail with the distribution company Universal. Never before has James Bond been in the official selection of a film festival. I am further pleased that the ZFF has succeeded in this coup as it sends out a powerful signal that highlights the importance of cinema. The industry has waited more eagerly for this movie than any other.”
The Zurich Film Festival will be held from September 23rd to October 3rd. The complete program will be published on September 9th. In addition to Jungen's statement, Universal Pictures International Swiss operation's managing director Emin Soysaler had this to say:
“Year after year, the ZFF brings the glamour of Hollywood to Zurich and is a feast for all film lovers. In hardly any other country does the James Bond series stand for great cinema more than in this country, and traditionally Switzerland is thus one of the most important markets worldwide for the 007 adventures. Due to the pandemic, the theatrical release had to be postponed and now we are even more pleased to be able to present No Time to Die to the Swiss audience at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. The wait has been worth it: Bond is back!”
The festival has also announced they will be holding tributes for U.S. actress Sharon Stone, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (accompanied by a screening of his Oscar-hopeful film The Hand of God), and film composer Mychael Danna.
No Time to Die co-stars Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik. It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (who co-wrote the script with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge).