London turns to 360
by Naman Ramachandran
The 55th BFI London Film Festival (October 12-27) will open with Fernando Meirelles’ drama, 360.
Adapted by BAFTA-winning British writer Peter Morgan (The Queen [+see also:
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The film boasts a stellar European cast including Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Moritz Bleibtreu and Jamel Debbouze. Revolution Films, BBC Films, Dor Film, Gravity Entertainment, Muse Productions, O2 Filmes, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen and Unison Films produced the UK/Austria/France/Brazil co-production.
The festival’s artistic director Sandra Hebron for whom this is the last year in the role, said, “With its impeccable film making credentials and intriguing premise, 360 combines masterful visual story telling with a modern and moving narrative, helped by strong performances from a terrific ensemble cast. It will be a pleasure to open this year’s festival with such an accomplished film from one of international cinema's finest film makers.”
Meirelles who opened the festival’s 2005 edition with The Constant Gardener [+see also:
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