US-American actor Michael Keaton was born 1951 in Pennsylvania. He came to the world’s attention with his embodiment of Batman/Bruce Wayne in BATMAN (1989) alongside “Joker” Jack Nicholson. In 1992, the celebrated actor donned the batsuit for a second time in Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS. He performed in a broad spectrum of genres during the 90s: the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1993), Ron Howard’s comedy THE PAPER(1994)and as Ray Nicolette in Quentin Tarantino’s cult film JACKIE BROWN(1997). The Golden Globe nominated actor came to Zurich in a new role, namely as a director, with the director’s cut of his debut film THE MERRY GENTLEMEN (2008), which celebrated its world premiere at the festival.