Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins' '360' to Open London Film Festival
LONDON – The Fernando Meirelles-directed 360, starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
The movie will make its European bow to kick-start the U.K.’s largest movie festival and marks a return to the LFF for Mereilles, whose The Constant Gardener opened 2005’s festival.
Billed as a kaleidoscope of interconnected love and relationships linking characters from different cities and countries in a tale of romantic life in the 21st century, 360 is written by Oscar-nominated scribe Peter Morgan.
Starting in Vienna, the film weaves through Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single narrative.
LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron, who is stepping down after this year’s festival having been with the BFI Festivals department since 1997, said she was happy to see the return of Mereilles and Morgan to the event.
“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,” Hebron said.
Meirelles said: “In the past decade I’ve been to the BFI London Film Festival six times, some of them as a guest, and some as part of the audience. I am very honored 360, an intimate film that talks about our options in life, has been chosen to open the Festival this year.”
He thanked Hebron personally for inviting one of his films to open the capital shindig for a second time.
The film is produced by former co-chairman of Universal Pictures David Linde and Andrew Eaton with Emanuel Michael, Danny Krausz and Chris Hanley.
360 is a Revolution/ Dor Film/ Fidelite production, in co-production with O2 Filme and in association with BBC Films, The U.K. Film Council, ORF, Unison Films, Gravity Pictures, Hero Entertainment, Prescience, EOS Pictures, Wild Bunch, Film Location Austria, Austrian Film Institute and Vienna Film Fund.
The festival runs Oct. 12-27.