– . – 54th BFI London Film Festival to close with Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’
54th BFI London Film Festival to close with Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’
The 54th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, has selected Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS as it’s Closing Night Film on Thursday 28 October.
Written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and produced by Academy Award® winner Christian Colson, 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, abseil a 65 foot rock face and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued.
Sandra Hebron, the Festival’s Artistic Director, said: “Having closed the festival with SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in 2008, it is unprecedented for us to choose a Closing Night film from the same director only two years later. But 127 HOURS was the obvious choice for us – with filmmaking as bold and adventurous as its subject matter, it confirms Danny Boyle as one of the World’s finest and most visionary directors, and will be a very fitting close to the festival.”
Boyle added, “I am honoured and delighted that 127 HOURS has been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival. LFF played a vital role in the journey of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in 2008 and it’s great to be bringing new work here and renewing a happy partnership. I can’t wait to unveil the new film and I hope it provides a worthy climax to what will hopefully be two weeks of great movies for our city.”
Warner Bros Pictures UK will release the film for Pathe in January 2011.