61st BFI London Film Festival – Opening Gala Announced!

The best festival of the year is coming back to London. BFI London Festival is the greatest in showcasing homegrown upcoming favourites, massive overseas triumphs, and a shorts programme. We’re so excited for it we could spit.

Luckily, it’s just been announced that Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe is going to be the Opening Ceremony.

Breathe stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, who come together to tell the story of Robin Cavendish who is blighted by polio whilst in Africa and only given moments to live. It definitely feels like the right opener for the BFI London Film Festival

Of the festival opener, Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says: “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.

Whilst director Andy Serkis says: “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.”

And we’re so thrilled we can hardly...Breathe! 


BFI London Film Festival starts Wednesday 4 October-Sunday 15 October 2017.

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