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David Oyelowo

Amma Asante's 'A United Kingdom' opens London Film Festival

The London Film Festival opens Wednesday with a movie about race, class and love — set in the 1940s but still entirely timely.

Amma Asante's "A United Kingdom" stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in the true story of an interracial romance between a Botswanan prince and a London office worker that scandalized both their homelands in the 1940s.

It's the first film by a black female director to open the 60-year-old festival — and a symbol of its commitment to encouraging diversity in the film industry.

"With our opening night choice we are always looking for a film that both tells a British story and enables us to establish a talking point...