Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will be awarded the Golden Eye for his career during the 18th Zurich Film Festival (22 Sept – 2 Oct). The British actor will accept the award in person on September 25 before presenting the European premiere of Tobias Lindholm’s thriller The Good Nurse, in which he plays a nurse who poses a deadly threat to his patients. He will also take part in a ZFF Masters session.
Redmayne is one of the leading character actors of his generation. The general public will recognize him as Newt Scamander from the fantasy franchise Fantastic Beasts, while arthouse audiences will recognize him from more sophisticated dramas like Trial of the Chicago 7. Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the paralyzed physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).
Redmayne is joined by Lindholm at the screening of The Good Nurse.
“Eddie Redmayne is one of the most versatile actors in contemporary cinema. He gives his figures a rare human depth and impresses with his extraordinary expressiveness. Eddie was in Zurich back in 2007 when he starred alongside Julianne Moore in the opening film Savage Grace. Back then he was a newcomer, now he’s returning as an Oscar winner – and we’re super excited,” says Christian Jungs, artistic director of the festival. “On ‘The Good Nurse,’ Redmayne once again proves his versatility with a performance that has us glued to our seats.”
Lindholm added: “It was a pleasure working with Eddie. He’s incredibly caring, incredibly well prepared and incredibly technical. His preparation allows him to work with great freedom and, it seems, great ease. And his technology makes the seemingly impossible possible. He humanizes the inhuman. He warms the cold. He glows in the dark. Undisturbed and without blinking. Not infrequently I drove home from the set with the feeling that I was close to the greatness.”
In The Good Nurse, Redmayne plays Charles Cullen, the nurse who became known as the “Angel of Death.” The film tells the story of Amy, a compassionate nurse who has been pushed to her physical and emotional limits by the tough and tiring night shifts in the ICU. But help comes when Charlie (Redmayne), a thoughtful and caring fellow nurse, joins her unit. But after a series of mysterious patient deaths sparks an investigation that points to Charlie as the prime suspect, Amy is forced to risk her life and the safety of her children to uncover the truth.
The Good Nurse is a gripping thriller based on true events. Directed by Oscar-nominee Lindholm, written by Oscar-nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and starring Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain as Amy and Redmayne as Charles, as well as Nnamdi Asomugha , Noah Emmerich and Kim Dickens.
The true story behind The Good Nurse is new to Redmayne. So far he has played a number of characters in dramas such as The Danish Girl and My Week With Marilyn, starred in the musical adaptation Les Miserables (2012) and as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts. ‘ film series that became a blockbuster success as the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off franchise.
Redmayne was an early stage performer, starring in Sam Mendes’ ‘Oliver’ in London’s West End and appearing in many British theater productions. Film directors soon became interested in the actor and played smaller roles, for example alongside Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons in “Elizabeth I” (2005) or in Robert De Niro’s directed work “The Good Shepard”. (2006) he won a starring role as the lead in Tom Kalin’s Savage Grace (2007).
His breakthrough in entertainment came with Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, which starred an all-star cast from Hugh Jackman to Russell Crowe, from Anne Hathaway to Amanda Seyfried.
Redmayne will be speaking at a one-hour ZFF Masters session at Arena Cinemas 4 on September 25 at 4:15 p.m.
Previous winners include Iris Berben, Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt and Olivia Colman.
https://variety.com/2022/film/global/eddie-redmayne-zurich-film-festival-golden-eye-1235361086/ Eddie Redmayne receives the Golden Eye Award from the Zurich Film Festival