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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 13:45 GMT
Matrix duo's film opens in Berlin
V for Vendetta
The character V is inspired by Guy Fawkes
The first film written by the Wachowski brothers since The Matrix trilogy made them famous has had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

V for Vendetta is set in a futuristic fascist Britain and stars John Hurt, Natalie Portman and Sinead Cusack.

Australian actor Hugo Weaving plays a terrorist in the film, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.

"It is a controversial subject matter but it is also a dialogue we have every day," said director James McTeigue.

"I hope you can go and see it as a Saturday night popcorn flick and come out and ask yourself some questions," he added.

Like The Matrix, the film features plenty of action including several martial arts scenes.

V for Vendetta is due for release in the UK next month.

The Berlin festival runs until Sunday, when its top prize, the Golden Bear, will be announced.


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