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July 31, 2007 7:23 AM
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iW NEWS | Cronenberg's Latest, "Eastern Promises," to Open 51st London Fest

David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" will open the 51st London Film Festival on October 17th. The film, a thriller set in London, stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, along with Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl. It is described by the festival as the story of "mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organised Russian crime families. A harrowing chain of murder, deceit and retribution is put in motion when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), an innocent midwife, trying to right a wrong she accidentally uncovers..." The film will be released in the UK by Pathe on October 26, 2007. "It's hugely exciting that a director who has consistently thrilled and challenged us throughout his career has made a film in our city," said Sandra Hebron, the Festival's Artistic Director, in a statement, "This gripping, powerfully directed and acted story of lives colliding in contemporary London is the perfect opener for our Festival." [Eugene Hernandez]

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