The ninth Zurich Film Festival will open on Thursday, 26 September, 2013, with the Formula One racing drama RUSH from director Ron Howard. RUSH portrays the legendary rivalry between the two Formula One drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).
The film is based on the 1976 season with Lauda and his infamous accident suffered at the Nürburgring. To the surprise of his fans and competitors, and driven by the ambition to win, Lauda was back after six weeks of the life-threatening incident, and to the top of the podium with the win.
Niki Lauda is played by Daniel Brühl (GOOD BYE, LENIN!, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, PURPLE, PURPLE) and James Hunt by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (THOR, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN). The supporting cast includes Alexandra Maria Lara whose movies include NAKED, THE FALL and THE READER.