Well it’s official. According to /Film, Academy Award Winner Danny Boyle’s follow up to Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, will indeed get it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. This indeed means that, Ricky D, Simon Howell, and the rest of the Canadian contingancy that make up the web site will be seeing the film before I do. Oh Chicago, you second rung city. The film will screen as a Special Presentation and while we don’t have a date just yet, expect one shortly. The film will also be closing out the 54th annual BMI London Film Festival on October 28th. It will get it a limited release in the United States a week later on November 5th. I would expect it to go wide by the end of November.
I am really looking forward to this one. Danny Boyle has always been one of my favorite directors and his projects are so universally different. James Franco has also become one of our most interesting actors and early reports suggest that he could be in line to get an Oscar nomination. The supporting cast is really great with Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, and Clemence Poesy. According to reports, the first hour of the story is going to be dialogue-less, which is always something to be excited about.
127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral, thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.