The 50th edition of the London Film Festival will open with Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland", organizers announced today. The film, Macdonald's first fiction feature, is based on Giles Foden's novel, and adapted by Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Ugandan president Idi Amin. Co-stars include James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington, and Simon McBurney. The film is executive produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, and Tessa Ross and produced by Andrea Calderwood, Charles Steel and Lisa Bryer, co-produced by Christine Ruppert. The festival will run from October 18th - November 2nd.
"The Last King of Scotland" is a perfect Opening Night film for us: a compellingly original British feature from an imaginative and talented young director, said London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron in a statement. "Kevin Macdonald and his cast and crew must be congratulated for balancing historical fact with psychological insight in such a lively, accessible and thought provoking way." [Eugene Hernandez]