Red-hot Oscar contender “Breathe” will launch the London Film Festival on Oct. 4 before hitting cinemas stateside on Oct. 14. The film, which marks the directorial debut of motion-capture superstar Andy Serkis, tells the moving true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy) who work together to overcome his adult-onset polio with the support of her twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the help of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville).
As this is being touted as the European premiere of “Breathe,” expect this Bleecker Street release to play at the Telluride and/or Toronto film festivals in September. The picture is produced by their son, Jonathan Cavendish, who runs Imaginarium Pictures with Serkis and oversaw the BAFTA-nominated “Bridget Jones” trilogy.
He recruited two-time Oscar nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (“Shadowlands,” “Gladiator”) to tell his parents moving story. Robin was only 28 when he was left paralyzed by polio and given just months to live. With perseverance he became the longest-living person with polio in Britain and helped scores of others cope with the disease.
Garfield is coming off of his first Oscar nomination for playing another real-life hero, Desmond Doss, in the WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” Foy is the frontrunner to win an Emmy this year for her moving portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown.” And Hollander just picked up a BAFTA for his scene-stealing turn in “The Night Manager.”