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Breathe to open the 2017 BFI London Film Festival

Andy Serkis’ period drama has been chosen to kick off this year’s festival.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday 4 October with the European premiere on Breathe. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film is based on the true story of Robin Cavendish, a prominent campaigner for the disabled during the middle part of the 20th century who was left paralysed by polio while on a trip to Africa.

Andrew Garfield steps into the lead role alongside The Crown’s Claire Foy as Cavendish’s wife, Diana. It’s being pitched as a heartwarming tale of young love and human endurance, and sounds like a fitting curtain-raiser for the most prestigious event on the UK film calendar.

LFF director Clare Stewart has said of the film’s opening slot selection: “We are proud to be opening the 61st BFI London Film Festival with a film that is a beacon for remarkable British talent: the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, compelling performances from a stellar cast led by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and a story of universal resonance that is also deeply personal for producer Jonathan Cavendish.

“Breathe is not only an inspirational love story, it is also a film about two truly indomitable spirits who defy the odds and the sceptics to pave the way for change.”

The 61st BFI London Film Festival runs 4-15 October, 2017. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 31 August. Breathe is release nationwide on 27 October.

Tags: Andrew Garfield Andy Serkis Claire Foy

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