Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’ to close London

Pic stars James Franco as mountaineer Aron Ralston

LONDON — Danny Boyle’s true-life pic “127 Hours” will close this year’s BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 28, with the helmer and star James Franco expected to be in attendance for the European preem.

The pic sees Franco play mountaineer Aron Ralston and follows his true-life attempt to save himself after a falling boulder crushed his arm and trapped him in an isolated canyon in Utah in May 2003.

Over five days, he used a dull knife to amputate the limb and then scaled a 65-foot rock and hike over eight miles, before he was finally rescued by helicopter.

Boyle, who closed LFF in 2008 with “Slumdog Millionaire,” said he was “honored” to draw the curtain on the fest for a second time.

Pic is financed by Fox Searchlight in partnership with Pathe. Searchlight will distribute domestically, while Warner Bros. will distribute the pic in Blighty.

Pic is also partly funded by Film4. It is produced by “Slumdog’s” Christian Colson of Cloud Eight, John Smithson of Darlow Smithson Prods. and Boyle.

Pic will have its world preem at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September.

LFF runs from Oct. 13 -28.

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