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Film festival premieres announced

Madonna's latest directorial outing and George Clooney's new movie are to receive UK premieres at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF).

Highly anticipated adaptations of Shakespeare's Coriolanus - directed by Ralph Fiennes - and Wuthering Heights, the first to feature a black actor as Heathcliff, will also be screened.

The event next month will feature 204 films, including 13 world premieres - two more than last year.

Hollywood star George, a regular visitor to the LFF, will be in London to support two of his films - The Descendants and The Ides Of March, which he also directs.

Madonna's new film W.E. looks at the romance between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, which led to the monarch's abdication, as well as a parallel modern-day romance. It is not clear whether Madonna will attend the gala screening of the film, which was given its world premiere in Venice this week.

Other highly anticipated films to be shown at the festival - which runs from October 12 to 27 - include Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of the novel We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton.

Turner Prize-winning film-maker Steve McQueen will showcase his new film Shame, starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender.

And Michael also features alongside Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method.

Oscar-winning British director Andrea Arnold will present her version of the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights, which features newcomer James Howson as Heathcliff.

Roman Polanski's Carnage - starring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster - is also among the films which will be screened.

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