The LFF is almost upon us and down here at OTB Towers we’re bracing ourselves for more films than you can shake a megaphone at and preparing for the inevitable onset of RSI as we bring you the latest coverage. The full programme won’t be announced till September 7th but the opening film of the festival will be Fernando Meirelles’ new drama, 360.
The script’s written by the usualy very reliable Peter Morgan (we’re going to forget that Hereafter ever happened) and stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ben Foster and Moritz Bleibtreu. Apparently it’s a “kaleidoscope of interconnected love and linking characters from different cities and countries in a tale of romantic life in the 21st century. Starting in Vienna, the film weaves through Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix”.
This isn’t the first time that one of Fernando Meirelles’ films has opened the LFF – The Constant Gardener did in 2005. “In the past decade I’ve been to the BFI London Film Festival six times. I am very honoured 360, an intimate film that talks about our options in life, has been chosen to open the Festival this year, and I want to thank Sandra Hebron for extending this prestigious invitation to me for a second time.”
Sandra Hebron, the festival’s artistic director echoed Meirelles’ pleasure saying in a statement, “I’m delighted that 360 will be our opening night film, and very pleased to welcome back Fernando Meirelles and Peter Morgan to the Festival. 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.”
The LFF runs from the 12th – 27th October this year. *cracks knuckles*.