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"Contagion" to Open Zurich Film Festival, with Laurence Fishburne as Jury President

Laurence Fishburne in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion."

Steven Soderbergh's medical thriller "Contagion" will open the Zurich Film Festival on September 22 and one of the film's ensemble players, Laurence Fishburne, will serve as the international narrative feature jury president. He will also be honored with a special achievement award.

Charles Ferguson, the Academy-award winning director of "Inside Job," will head the international documentary jury.

The 2011 Zurich Film Festival runs September 22 - October 2.

Below is the complete list of jurors:

International Narrative Feature Jury:

Laurence Fishburne (Jury President)
John Lesher (US) Producer, former studio head and agent
Beki Probst (Turkey/Switzerland) director of the European Film Market (also decorated as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by French Cultural Minister)
Paprika Steen (Denmark), multi-award winning Actress, director, writer ("Adam's Apples," "The Celebration," "Applause")
Alice Eve (UK), Actress (leading roles in upcoming "The Raven," "Men in Black 3")
Stevan Arsenijevic (Serbia), Oscar-nominated young writer/director ("Love and Other Crimes")

International Documentary Jury:

Charles Ferguson (USA), Academy-award winning director, producer, writer ("Inside Job")
John Battsek (UK), Producer ("Restrepo," "Project Nim")
Nino Kirtadze (Georgia), director, writer ("Durakovo: Village of Fools")
Eline Flipse (Netherlands), director, producer
Stephen Nemeth (US), Producer

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