Story by: Jack Foley
ACTRESS Meg Ryan dazzled in black, as she flew into London to
open the 47th Times BFI London Film Festival with her provocative
new movie, In The Cut.
Ryan arrived at the Odeon, Leicester Square, on Wednesday night
(October 22) to a frenzied reception from masses of fans. She
was joined by co-star, Mark Ruffalo, and director, Jane Campion.
And the jovial actress did not disappoint her fans, looking stunning
in a delicate, floor-length black gown, by Azzedine Alaia, and
allowing them plenty of time to catch a glimpse of her.
Her latest movie, In The Cut, is a bold choice to open the London
Film Festival, given that it contains strong sex scenes and some
fairly bloody murder scenes.
But it is also being seen as a strong role for a woman to play
and has been hailed by critics in America as Ryan's finest role
The 41-year-old star is more usually associated with romantic
comedies, such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and
You've Got Mail, than gritty urban thrillers, but, for her latest,
she is required to shed her clothes - and her image.
But, speaking at a recent London press conference, she maintained
that the role didn't mark any sort of bravery on her part, and
insisted that how people perceive her has never had any bearing
on her career.
"I loved the script and I loved her sensibility, and I think
the character is extremely brave," she commented. "We
described her as a warrior."
The annual London Film Festival will see more than 30 premieres
and gala screenings in the capital's cinemas over the next fortnight,
and is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors.
Other notable celebrities who are confirmed to attend include
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow,
whose latest movie, Sylvia, has been chosen to close the event.
Kidman has two forthcoming releases at the festival - Dogville,
directed by Lars von Trier, and The
Human Stain, alongside Sir Anthony.