The BFI London Film Festival has announced that Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go” will open the fest’s 54th installment on October 13, 2010. The film, which will have its European premiere at the festival, is directed by Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo”) and has a screenplay written by “The Beach” scribe Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”), adapted from the Kazuo Ishiguro bestseller.
“Never Let Me Go” stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield as students in an English boarding school who begin to discover the truth behind the world they live in. The film chronicles their life around the time they realize what adulthood in this dystopian UK has in store for the close knit trio. Fox Searchlight will release the film theatrically in the U.S. September 15, 2010.
Commenting on the film, BFI London Film Fest Artistic Director Sandra Hebron 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 film making, outstanding performances and a deeply moving story, and I couldn’t wish for a stronger or more appropriate opening night.” Romanek added, “I think I can speak for the entire cast and crew when I say that we are deeply honored 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.”
The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 13-28, 2010. The complete lineup for the fest will be released in early September.