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Adopt Films Nabs Controversial German Euthanasia Drama 'Zurich'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2013 at 1:48PM

Adopt Films has snapped up US rights to Frederik Steiner's controversial German drama "Zurich," which centers on a 20-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who makes the radical decision to take a cross-country trip to the city of the title, where she can check into a private clinic and end her life.
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"Zurich"
"Zurich"

Adopt Films has snapped up US rights to Frederik Steiner's controversial German drama "Zurich," which centers on a 20-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who makes the radical decision to take a cross-country trip to the city of the title, where she can check into a private clinic and end her life.

Newcomer Liv Lisa Fries stars as the lead, Lea. Here's the official synopsis:

“Zurich” tells the story of a bright, independent-minded twenty-year old, Lea, who’s been suffering from cystic fibrosis since birth.  She watched her older brother, whom she idolized, fall victim to the same disease and elects not to endure the pain and suffering that snuffed out his short life.  She plans with the stealth assistance of her grandmother, to travel across the border to Zurich, to a private, legal clinic, to end her life. But she finds it an almost unimaginable act unless she is joined by her mother, older sister, and her beloved grandmother. Unflinching, uncompromising, and compassionate, “Zurich” blends gallows humor and bravery with a way past-due introduction to a different kind of pro-life debate.

Adopt president Tim Grady and executive VP Jeff Lipsky stated that "as life expectancy in the U.S. continues to expand the impassioned subjects of euthanasia and quality of life will be increasingly critical to address. And with ‘Zurich’ we’ll be proud to be part of that debate.”


Count us intrigued, and looking forward to a first trailer.

The film had its world premiere at the HOF Film Festival in Munich last month, with Adopt planning a summer 2014 release. This is the company's third German acquisition in two years, following Christian Petzold's "Barbara" and Caroline Link's "Exit Marakech."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.