The Zurich Film Festival has set The Weinstein Co/See-Saw Films’ Lion as its opening night film. The European premiere of the Garth Davis-directed pic will take place on September 22. Based on Saroo Brierley’s A Long Way Home, Lion tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a 5-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. But 25 years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family. Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman star. This is the latest festival berth for Lion which world premieres in Toronto and is also set for a gala presentation at the London Film Festival in October. Zurich runs September 22-October 2 and is also screening awards season hopefuls Snowden and Florence Foster Jenkins.
Canal Plus veteran Manuel Alduy has been appointed SVP Sales and Development at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution in France. Based in Paris, Alduy will serve as Managing Director and take charge of distribution of Fox programming across pay, basic and free TV, and SVOD. He will also develop new opportunities in local programming. A longtime Canal exec, Alduy was most recently head of Canal OTT at Canal Plus Group, leading the web and mobile division. Previously, he was Head of Cinema and TV Series Acquisitions and Head of French Cinema Acquisitions.