The Australian premiere of actor Andy Serkis’s directorial debut Breathe will open the festival. Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, it is the inspiring true story of a couple who refuse to give up in the face of adversity. The film also opened the 61st BFI London Film Festival.
Closing the festival is the world premiere of Finding Your Feet, a heart-warming romantic comedy that proves it is never too late to start again. Starring Imelda Staunton, John Sessions, and Celia Imrie, the film follows a group of people entering the age of active retirement. Filled with old British charm, it shows that retirement is only the beginning.
Other key highlights include Tulip Fever, a tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception, and retribution starring Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz; the Saoirse Ronan-powered On Chesil Beach, adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel and the directorial debut from former Royal Court Theatre head, Dominic Cooke, and Goodbye Christopher Robin, a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, who inspired Winnie the Pooh.
From director Armando Iannucci, the Scottish-born, Oscar-nominated writer of In The Loop and the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning creator of Veep, I’m Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, comes The Death of Stalin. An acerbic send-up of the Soviet Supremo and his band of scheming bootlicks, it stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Isaacs.
The 2017 Cunard British Film Festival comprises 26 contemporary and retrospective films to give audiences a glimpse of the strength and variety of British cinema. For a full list of the films being screened, click here.
The festival will run from 25 October through 15 November.
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