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18/10/06
Kick Off for the London Film Festival
- Forest Whitaker goes centre stage for eventís 50th birthday

Kick Off for the London Film Festival THE London Film Festival kicked off today on Leicester Square, with a gala screening of The Last King of Scotland, a critically acclaimed movie about a fictional Scottish doctor and his time spent with 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, starring Forest Whitaker.

Over the next fortnight, more than 300 films will follow, with offerings from all corners of the globe and all budget levels, from Sacha Baron Cohenís much-publicised Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, to a wide range of arty shorts.

This year's festival is the 50th, an anniversary noted by artistic director Sandra Hebron: "In this significant year, we're very excited to be able to bring such a strong selection of original and distinctive films to London."

Babel, the new film from Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, closes the festival on 2 November.



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