Danny Boyle's 127 Hours
is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire
). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire
in 2008. 127 Hours
portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.
Festival director Sandra Hebron told The Guardian:
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...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.
Brendon Connelly reports a Boyle Q & A from Movie-Con.