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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A United Kingdom with Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo to open 2016 BFI London Film Festival

The BFI has announced that Belle director Amma Asante’s new film A United Kingdom starring Rosamund Pike with her Jack Reacher co-star David Oyelowo (who co-produced the film) is set to serve as the Opening Night gala of the 60th BFI London Film Festival, with its European premiere set for Wednesday, October 5th.
A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

David Oyelowo (Selma) stars as Seretse Khama, with Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) playing his future wife Ruth Williams. They are joined in the cast by Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Terry Pheto (Mandela), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Arnold Oceng (Adulthood), Jack Lowden (’71) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey).

Asante, whose “Belle” tackled similar material, said in a statement that “It’s a great privilege that ‘A United Kingdom’ has been selected as the Opening Night Film of the BFI London Film Festival. The Festival means a lot to me personally, having showcased my very first film, ‘A Way of Life,’ here and been honoured with the UK Film Talent Award. I’m a proud Londoner and in ‘A United Kingdom’ we’ve been able to film in some of the most beautiful parts of the city as well as in the wonderful landscapes of Botswana.”
Festival Director Clare Stewart added that Asante’s film “is testament to a defiant and enduring love story that also reveals a complex, painful chapter in British history. We are proud to be opening the 60th BFI London Film Festival with a film of such contemporary relevance, one that celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression, and that confirms Asante as a distinctive and important British filmmaker.”

From the BFI LFF website:
European premiere of A United Kingdom to open the 60th BFI London Film FestivalThe Opening Night will be attended by cast and filmmakers with Amma Asante, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike expected on the red carpet.

The film has no US Distributor nor theater release date yet, but Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world. 

The 60th BFI London Film Festival will take place 5-16 October 2016.

The full programme for the 2016 London Film Festival will be announced in September 1st on BFI LFF's website here.

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