Acclaimed actor Andy Serkis makes his feature directorial debut with Breathe, which is set to open the 61st BFI London Film Festival this October.
Based on a script by twice Academy Award-nominated writer William Nicholson, Breathe is an inspirational true story of love without limits, and stars The Crown‘s Claire Foy alongside Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge). To celebrate the announcement, STX International and BBC Films have unveiled the beautiful first trailer, which you can check out below.
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.”
Breathe director Andy Serkis comments: “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.”
Breathe arrives in cinemas nationwide on 27th October. The 61st BFI London Film Festival runs from Wednesday 4th October to Sunday 15th October 2017. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 31st August 2017.