The deciding factor was most likely the powerhouse British talent that can turn up in red-carpet support on the night. Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Sir Anthony Hopkins all star in Meirelles’ modern-day love story, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde and based on a script by The Queen and Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan. A kaleidoscope of interconnected love stories that span the globe from Vienna to Rio to Bratislava to Phoenix, 360 features Law and Weisz at its centre as a couple whose marriage – namely his decision to stay faithful to her – sparks a series of unforeseen consequences. Hopkins plays a man searching for his missing daughter in the US, with Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Moritz Bleibtreu also in key roles.
Hebron cited the film’s “masterful visual story telling”, “a moving narrative” and “strong performances from a terrific ensemble cast” as the chief reasons for making 360 her opening-night pick.
The announcement of the LFF’s closing-night film comes later this week, with contenders including Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady (an early tip for opening night) and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, which was finalizing its edi too late for the North American fall fests, is another possibility.