The Times BFI London FilmFestival opened Wednesday night with the European premiere of Kevin Macdonald'sThe Last King Of
Guests at the
During his opening speech, Minghella took the opportunity to remind the audience that the festival would need increased funding in the future to keep up with the star power of other international festivals. Also, despite the revamped National Film Theatre being unveiled currently, Minghella suprised some in the audience with his call for London to create a new world-class cinematheque by the Olympic year of 2012.
The Last King Of Scotland is based on Giles Fodenns novel about therelationship between Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Whitaker) and his Scottishdoctor (McAvoy). The feature was shot in the
Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron called her opening selection "such a fine film from a talented young British film-maker."
The film is presentationfrom Fox Searchlight,
A post-screening openingparty was held in a marquee in
The London Film Festivalruns through Nov 2, when the closing night gala will be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's