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Jude Law film opens London Film Festival


Story by Jack Foley

JUDE Law was on the red carpet to help promote his new film, 360, at the first night gala of this year’s London Film Festival (2011).

The British actor told reporters he was very proud to be a part of the film, a globe-trotting romantic drama directed by Brazil’s Fernando Meirelles from a script by Peter Morgan.

He also felt honoured that the film had been chosen to open this year’s event, saying: “It’s a great honour. I’ve lived in London all my life and I’ve been coming to the Festival for many years.”

Law was joined at the gala by several of the film’s co-stars, inclding Slovakian actress Lucia Siposova and German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as well as Meirelles and Morgan.

Inspired as much by the recent global financial meltdown and the Swine flue epidemic as it is loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, 360 features a chain of inter-linked love stories that spans from Paris, London and Vienna to Denver, Phoenix and Brazil.

Speaking at the launch of the festival last month, Morgan told IndieLondon he was moved to write the script by recent world events.

“The feeling that the way in which the world is at the moment… you look at banking, contagions, spreading through countries and you look at flu viruses, you look at the way the Internet binds people, 360 goes through all these countries and shows like a series of dominoes falling.

“I wrote it very much as a metaphor for even something like the Arab spring and so forth – the way in which the actions of one country have direct consequences with others.

“Even in personal relationships… in that sense, the responsibility for your own actions; you can’t absolve yourself from that. Everything you do is connected in much more interesting ways than you think.”

The writer also cameos in the film himself but described the experience as one that made him want to continue writing even more – and not one he’d care to repeat.

But both he and directed Meirelles remain proud of the international nature of the project, which they likened to a James Bond movie in its scope.

The film also stars Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins, as well as actors from Russia and France.

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