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Andy Serkis

A quarter of London Film Festival lineup directed by women

A quarter of the features in this year's London Film Festival lineup were directed by women, organizers said Thursday as they revealed the schedule for the October extravaganza.

The dearth of female filmmakers at major festivals has drawn much criticism. The Venice Film Festival, running to Sept. 9, has just one woman among 21 directors competing for the main prize.

London, which opens Oct. 4, has done better, with 61 female filmmakers in this year's lineup of 242 films.

The 61st London festival opens with Andy Serkis' based-on-a-true-story "Breathe," and ends Oct. 15 with Martin McDonagh's dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."...