[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
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.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific