Andy Serkis' 'Breathe' to open London Film Festival

| Updated: Jun 30, 2017 08:17 IST

Los Angeles [U.S.A.], June 30 (ANI): Following the footsteps of Amma Asante last year and Sarah Gavron in 2015, Andy Serkis is all set to open the London Film Festival with his directorial debut movie 'Breathe'. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Serkis will provide the curtain raiser for the 61st edition of the event with his movie, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. The movie is based on the true story of British advocate for the disabled Robin Cavendish. The story follows the life of Cavendish, who was paralysed with polio at the age of 28 and was given just three months to live. Against all advice, his wife Diane brought him home from hospital and inspired him to lead a long and fulfilled life. Cavendish died in 1994 at the age of 64. 'Breathe', which was produced by Cavendish's son Jonathan, through the Imaginarium Banner he founded with Serkis, will have its European premiere and the London Film Festival opening night gala screening on October 4 at the Odeon Leicester Square. According to the 'War for Planet of the Apes' star, "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." The London Film Festival is set to run October 4 to October 15, with the full program announced August 31. (ANI)