LONDON (AP) – Movies about Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and Che Guevara join James Bond’s latest adventure in the lineup announced Wednesday for this year’s London Film Festival.
The 52nd annual festival opens Oct. 15 with the world premiere of “Frost/Nixon,” Ron Howard’s movie about the disgraced U.S. president’s 1977 TV interviews with British talk-show host David Frost – an event that made Frost’s career and further hammered Nixon’s credibility.
Artistic director Sandra Hebron said this year’s festival had an emphasis on “politics, history, memory.”
“But we have very fine films on topics ranging from pop music to prison life, from sheepherding to sport,” she said.
The festival has snagged the first public screening of the new 007 adventure, “Quantum of Solace.” It will make its debut for a paying audience on Oct. 29, immediately after a world premiere for an invited crowd including Prince William and Prince Harry. The film opens around the world beginning Oct. 31.
Other high-profile offerings at the festival are Oliver Stone’s “W,” which stars Josh Brolin as President Bush; Steven Soderbergh’s biopic of the revolutionary icon, “Che”; and Woody Allen’s Spanish-set “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Films receiving gala screenings include Israeli director Ari Folman’s animated anti-war feature, “Waltz With Bashir”; “The Brothers Bloom,” a caper film from U.S. director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) starring Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody; and “Easy Virtue,” a 1920s period comedy starring Ben Barnes as a young man who shocks his upper-crust English family by bringing home his American bride, played by Jessica Biel.
The festival closes Oct. 30 with “Slumdog Millionaire,” ”Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle’s film about an Indian teenager on the verge of winning a fortune on a TV quiz show.