The U.K. preem of the pic at the end of the fest means Weisz will feature in two films bookending the fest: Fernando Meirelles’ “360,” also starring the Brit thesp, is opening the LFF on Oct. 12.
“The Deep Blue Sea,” written and directed by Davies, is based on Terence Rattigan’s play of the same name.
It’s the helmer’s first feature since 2000’s “The House of Mirth.” His last time behind the lens was for 2008 docu “Of Time and the City.”
In the pic Weisz plays the beautiful wife of a high court judge who leads a privileged life in 1950s London. To the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with a former Royal Air Force pilot, with whom she has fallen passionately in love.
Sean O’Connor and Kate Ogborn produce while Katherine Butler, Lisa Marie Russo, Peter Hampden and Norman Merry exec produce.
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“Terence Davies is a filmmaker whom the BFI has supported from the very beginnings of his career, and in Terence Rattigan’s centenary year, this beautifully directed and acted film is the perfect closing-night film,” said LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron in a statement.
O’Connor and Ogborn said “Sea” is “very much a London-based film, so it feels just right for the film’s first U.K. outing to be at this wonderful festival.”
Pic is backed by the former U.K. Film Council and Film4. Artificial Eye is releasing it Nov. 25 in Blighty. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.