A United Kingdom is the movie that will open the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

The London Film Festival is celebrating its 60th year and will open in style on 5th October in Odeon Leicester Square with the Amma Asante directed film.

This is the third feature film for Asante and the first since she enjoyed huge success with Belle back in 2013.

A United Kingdom is based on 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 and Rosamund Pike will take on the central roles of Seretse and Ruth and are joined on the cast list by Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto, Tom Felton, Arnold Oceng, Jack Lowden, and Laura Carmichael.

Speaking about the film opening the festival, the director said: "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."

The opening gala will be the film's European premiere and is set to be one of the movies that's not to be missed at this year's festival. There will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

The 60th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 5 October-Sunday 16 October 2016.

The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 1 September 2016.

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