Andrew Garfield to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival

Andrew Garfield and Andy Serkis will present their new film Breathe at the Zurich Film Festival.

Andrew Garfield is to be honoured for his movie career at the Zurich Film Festival with a prestigious Golden Eye award.

The 34-year-old British actor is presenting his new film, Breathe, at the Swiss movie event and festival organisers have chosen to celebrate him after his acclaimed recent roles in Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese's religious epic Silence.

"Following on from his masterful performances in Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, Andrew Garfield's powerful and enthralling turn in Breathe reinforces him as one of the true stars of his generation," Zurich Film Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said in a press release. "We are delighted to welcome him to Zurich and present him with our Golden Eye award at this year's Festival."

Andrew's portrayal of pacifist army medic Desmond T. Doss in Hacksaw Ridge earned him a nomination for Best Actor at last year's (16) Academy Awards, but the prize ultimately went to Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck.

His new film, Breathe, which tells the story of Robin Cavendish, an adventurous young man whose life is transformed after he contracts polio while travelling in Africa, debuts at the festival on 6 October (17).

Breathe is Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis directorial debut and the actor turned filmmaker will also be in Zurich to promote his movie.

Other Golden Eye awards will be given to the winners in competition categories including Best International Feature Film, and International Documentary Film.

Glenn Close will receive the Golden Icon award, Zurich's lifetime achievement honour, at the festival.

The event runs from 28 September (17) to 8 October (17).

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