Knightley film to open festival
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield are to open the 54th BFI London Film Festival with their film Never Let Me Go.
The young British actors who have become Hollywood stars will attend the European premiere of the dark drama, which will mark the opening gala of the London's 2010 film festival on October 13.
Directed by One Hour Photo's Mark Romanek the film is based on the highly acclaimed, best-selling novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and adapted for the screen by British author and screenwriter Alex Garland.
Oscar nominees Knightley and Mulligan and Garfield - who has just been unveiled as the new Spider-Man - star as friends who grew up together at an idyllic English boarding school.
Sandra Hebron, the Festival's Artistic Director said: "It is a great pleasure to be able to open the festival with a film as accomplished and imaginative as Never Let Me Go. It combines impeccable filmmaking, outstanding performances and a deeply moving story, and I couldn't wish for a stronger or more appropriate opening night."
Romanek said: "I think I can speak for the entire cast and crew when I say that we are deeply honoured and excited to have been selected to open this year's festival. For me personally, it seems the perfect way to celebrate the conclusion of an incredible filmmaking experience in the UK."
Never Let Me Go is due to be released in the UK on January 14 2011.
The full programme for The 54th BFI London Film Festival will be announced on September 8. The festival runs from October 13-28.