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Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in 'Breathe' | © STXinternational
Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in 'Breathe' | © STXinternational
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'Breathe' to Open the 61st London Film Festival

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Film Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield are set to open the 61st edition of the London Film Festival with the European Premiere of Breathe, the directorial debut of Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis.

Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish, Breathe is described as ‘a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility, a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last. The film stars Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) as Cavendish and Claire Foy (The Crown) as his wife Diana.’ The script is by twice Academy Award-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Everest, Les Misérables and Gladiator).

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The cast and director are expected to be in attendance at the European premiere in Leicester Square on Wednesday October 4. The film will kick off two weeks of films from around the world, with the full line-up to be announced in a few weeks time.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, said: ‘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.’

Breathe director Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series and returning as Caesar in the War for the Planet of the Apes, added: ‘On behalf of the cast and crew of Breathe, we are absolutely thrilled and deeply honoured to be the Opening Gala performance in this year’s incredibly richly diverse and world-class BFI London Film Festival. Breathe is a deeply personal story to all of us at The Imaginarium and to have the European premiere of my directorial debut in London, my hometown, is beyond my wildest dreams.’

We’ll have more information about the festival itself in the coming months, and for further details visit the BFI website.

STXinternational release Breathe across the UK and Ireland on October 27.