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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 18:58 GMT
Diverse feast at film festival
Michael Caine in the controversial The Quiet American
Michael Caine's The Quiet American is one of the top US films
BBC News Online helps you pick out some of the highlights of this year's London Film Festival, which runs until 21 November.

A young Detroit rapper's life story and a documentary about the American love affair with firearms are just two of the highlights of this year's London Film Festival.

Eminem - the scourge of Middle America - is appearing in the drama 8 Mile, a semi-autobiographical tale about a Detroit rapper who hits the big time.

It is expected to be one of the most talked about films of the festival, not least for an apparently brilliant debut by the vilified rap star.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine tackles US gun culture
The festival also has the UK première of Punch-Drunk Love, the latest Adam Sandler film, which is a darker direction for the American comic.

Sandler plays a nerdy businessman, Barry, constantly tormented by his seven bullying sisters.

Another eagerly-awaited American film is The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene's novel set in Vietnam in the 1950s.


Michael Caine plays a jaded British journalist in Saigon as America starts exerting its influence in South Vietnam.

The film has sparked controversy in the US, coming in the middle of debate over a possible war with Iraq.

But possibly the most inflammatory film is from Michael Moore, whose documentary Bowling For Columbine investigates the Columbine School shootings and America's obsession with guns.
Eminem in 8 Mile
Eminem's first film is the Detroit rap saga 8 Mile

After the documentary was shown at the Cannes festival this year, he was given a standing ovation and there were calls for him to stand for president.

Director Roman Polanski returns with The Pianist, the story of a Jewish concert musician's experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

It is based on the true story of concert pianist Wladislaw Szpilman, though director Polanski also drew on his own childhood memories of living in ghettoes in Warsaw and Krakow.

The opening gala features Stephen Frears' latest film Dirty Pretty Things, the story of illegal immigrants in London.

It stars Amelie actress Audrey Tautou, who plays a Turkish asylum seeker who stumbles into the London underworld.

This year's closing gala, on 21 November, is Thaddeus O'Sullivan's The Heart Of Me, which stars Helena Bonham Carter.

The story of Hollywood producer Robert Evans - the man behind Chinatown and The Godfather, amongst others - is the subject of Bret Morgan's The Kid Stays In The Picture.

It details his rise from bit part acting to becoming a major producer - and then his drug-fuelled fall from grace.
Producer Robert Evans
Robert Evans is the subject of The Kid Stays In The Picture


Two documentaries trace different sides of rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

Live Forever is a look back at the Britpop explosion in the mid-1990s, recollected by members of Blur, Oasis and lad's magazine Loaded.

It was produced by the team behind Black September, the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics siege.

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart is a fly-on-the-wall documentary following US alternative country band Wilco as they recorded their recent album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

The film sees the band struggle with band members walking out and being dropped - all while the cameras are rolling.

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