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Thursday 21 August 2014

Weisz films open and close festival

Rachel Weisz films will open and close the festival

Rachel Weisz is set to be the star attraction at the BFI London Film Festival - with her movies opening and closing the event.

Her forthcoming movie The Deep Blue Sea - featuring Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale - has now been confirmed to round off the 55th festival on October 27.

The 41-year-old, married to James Bond star Daniel Craig, also appears alongside Jude Law and Sir Anthony Hopkins in 360, which has its European premiere at the event on October 12. It was directed by City Of God film-maker Fernando Meirelles.

In The Deep Blue Sea, an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, Rachel plays Hestor Collyer, a privileged wife of a judge (Simon) who falls passionately in love with young ex-RAF pilot Freddie Page (Tom).

Its director, Terence Davies, said: "As a British filmmaker, to get into the BFI London Film Festival at all is bliss - to get a closing night film is sheer heaven."

The romantic drama marks Davies' return to fiction feature-making after more than a decade, following his documentary Of Time And The City in 2008.

Sandra Hebron, the festival's artistic director, said: "It's a great pleasure to be able to close the festival with this exquisite new feature from one of our most cherished directors."

The festival, backed by American Express, runs from October 12-27.

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