Romanek's love story to make European premiere

Helmer Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go” will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 13 with Brit thesps Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley expected to be in attendance for the European preem.

The love story, based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s bestseller with a script by “Sunshine” and “28 Days Later” scribe Alex Garland, follows three childhood friends who are forced to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other while preparing themselves for adulthood.

Pic, which world preems at the Toronto Film Festival in September, is produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich through their London-based DNA Films and is backed by Fox Searchlight and Film4. Garland, Ishiguro and Film4 topper Tessa Ross are exec producers.

DNA and Searchlight teamed up on “The Last King of Scotland,” “Notes on a Scandal,” “Sunshine” and “28 Days Later.”

Fox will release “Never Let Me Go” on Sept. 15 in the U.S. and Jan. 14. in Blighty.

The London Film Festival’s full program will be announced Sept. 8.

Fest closes Oct. 28.

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