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9 Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, this compelling directorial debut from Andy Serkis is an inspirational love story about two indomitable people who defy the odds and pave the way for change. When dapper and adventurous Robin Cavendish (Garfield) meets self-assured Diana (Foy) at a cricket match, a whirlwind romance ensues. Soon after their wedding, they set out for Nairobi where Robin works as a tea broker. But their new life together takes an abrupt turn when he contracts polio and is given only weeks to live. Determined that her husband’s life should not be restricted by medical and social prejudice, Diana ignores all advice and breaks him out of hospital. With the support of her twin brothers (both played by Tom Hollander) and friend Teddy (Hugh Bonneville), an Oxford professor who invents a wheelchair with a respirator attached, Diana creates an environment in which Robin can thrive and he goes on to lead a long and full life. Based on the true story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents, William Nicholson’s (Les Misérables, Gladiator) screenplay is emotionally and socially resonant, foregrounding the relationship between this courageous, witty and determined couple, while illuminating the broader impact they had on progressing mobility and access for people with disabilities. Serkis, who is world-renowned for his innovative and intensely physical performances, proves a similarly buoyant director, adopting a spirited and playful style that matches Cavendish’s infectious levity. Featuring terrific performances from its stellar cast – with Garfield and Foy especially vivid – Breathe was shot by three-time Oscar® winner Robert Richardson (JFK, The Aviator, Hugo), and its rich visual texture is enhanced by Nitin Sawhney’s emotive score. We are proud to be opening the 61st BFI London Film Festival with this powerful and affecting film that is also a beacon for remarkable British talent. Clare Stewart LFF Connects: Nitin Sawhney p108 WED 4* WED 4* THU 5† 19:00 OLS 20:30 EMBANKMENT 11:30 OLS BREATHE Dir Andy Serkis. Prod Jonathan Cavendish. Scr William Nicholson. With Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander. UK 2017. 114min. UK Distribution STXinternational HEADLINE GALAS OPENING NIGHT GALA * AD † AD HIS BSL BRITISH OPENING NIGHT GALA: BREATHE – ACROSS THE UK Audiences around the UK will have the exclusive chance to see Opening Night red carpet footage and interviews with the fi lm’s creators, beamed by satellite into their local cinema and followed by a special preview screening of Breathe. See bfi .org.uk/lff for booking dates and participating venues. Opening Night Gala in partnership with American Express®


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