Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours To Close LFF
Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours has been selected to close this autumn’s London Film Festival. Based on the ordeal of the American mountaineer Aron Ralston, it is Boyle’s first film since Slumdog Millionaire, which was first unveiled at the 2008 event. The film went on to win eight Oscars and earn nearly $380m at the global box office.
“I am honoured and delighted that 127 Hours has been selected to close the BFI London film festival,” Boyle said in a statement. “The 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.”
His new film is based on Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Ralston’s account of his ill-fated journey to Utah in April 2003. His arm became trapped beneath a half-tonne boulder and the mountaineer survived for five days before cutting himself free with a blunt knife and a pair of pliers, James Franco stars as the hard-as-nails climber. “It may not be pretty,” Ralston said of his story. “But surviving is grit and determination in its highest form.”
“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,” said artistic director Sandra Hebron. “But 127 Hours was the obvious choice for us – with film-making as bold and adventurous as its subject matter, it confirms Danny Boyle as one of the word’s finest and most visionary directors.”
The 54th BFI London film festival opens on 13 October.