Lee’s ‘Devil’ to kick off London Fest

'Topsy,' 'Romeo,' 'Mansfield' could be selected

LONDON — Ang Lee’s “Ride With the Devil” will open this year’s London Film Festival, with the director taking time off from a shoot in China to attend the gala.

The 34th London fest runs for 16 days starting Nov. 3. The full 150-film lineup will be announced Sept. 15.

Maybe, maybe not

Tipped as good bets to be included are “Topsy Turvy,” from British vet Mike Leigh; “Room for Romeo Brass,” from Shane Meadows; and Canadian helmer Patricia Rozema’s “Mansfield Park.”

With an outside chance are Angela Pope’s “Kansas in August,” a production from DNA Films, one of the British national lottery film franchises.

Adrian Wootton, the director of the LFF, said it is unlikely that both “Hotel Splendide” (Film Four) and Alan Parker’s “Angela’s Ashes” would be included.

He ruled out “The End of the Affair,” Neil Jordan’s latest.

Lee’s pic will first be seen out of competition in Toronto next month. Wootton described the film as a “masterpiece” that “surpassed my expectations.”

“Ride With The Devil” is the story of two childhood friends in the Bushwackers unit, the South’s renegade guerrilla army during the Civil War.

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