Fernando Meirelles, Jude Law attend opening night
The BFI London Film Festival kicked off its 55th edition on Wednesday night with the European premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ “360,” toplining Rachel Weisz and Jude Law.Meirelles was joined on stage by Law and a raft of international cast members including Moritz Bleibtreu and Vladimir Vdovichenkov. Scribe Peter Morgan and producers Andrew Eaton and David Linde also helped to introduce the story about interconnected love and relationships linking different characters from different cities around the world. However, fellow Brit cast members Weisz and Anthony Hopkins were notably absent from the preem. While the partly U.K.- funded pic has yet to nab a Brit distrib following its preem at Toronto last month, indie distrib Artificial Eye are said to be close to a deal for U.K rights. Industyites from around the globe packed into London’s Odeon Leicester Square cinema for the opening night screening, despite the hefty construction work being conducted on the Square, before setting off to the swanky after-party bash at London’s Saatchi Gallery. This year marks the last edition artistic director Sandra Hebron will stand at the helm of the fest. Former Sydney Film Festival topper Claire Stewart will take the reins after this year. The past three years has seen the fest aided by a cash injection of £1.8 million ($2.8 million) from former public sector org the U.K. Film Council (whose functions have mostly been picked up by the BFI), and this year’s fest hopes to be a strong one, in order to position the fest as an international launch-pad for pics. BFI topper Amanda Nevill, however, told auds that the fest’s recent partnership with American Express was a very helpful one, and implored “generous” donors to the fest to “keep giving” in order to support future editions. LFF runs Oct. 12-27.