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Breathe

Panorama | Special Presentations

In the kind of technically accomplished and emotionally involving role that often captures Academy Award-voters’ hearts, Andrew Garfield plays Robin Cavendish, a handsome and charming young man apparently living a blessed life—until, at 26, shortly after learning he is to become a father, he’s struck down by polio and left paralyzed, unable even to breathe without the help of machines. Yet his wife Diana (Claire Foy) refuses to allow Robin to succumb to despair, and together they find a way to restore meaning and joy to their lives—with a little help from inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville).

The directorial debut of Andy Serkis, the actor famous for modelling Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in Planet of the Apes, Breathe is an inspiring true story about a breakthrough in disability treatment, told with sensitivity and finesse. Pedigree runs right through the production, from screenwriter William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Les Misérables, Gladiator) to cinematographer Robert Richardson (JFK, Hugo, Kill Bill) and composer Nitin Sawhney (Midnight’s Children). Ultimately, of course, this is Garfield’s movie, and this brilliant young actor effortlessly commands the screen with a witty, compelling and very touching performance.

Director Andy Serkis
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 117 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Miranda Raison, Hugh Bonneville
Executive Producer: Phil Robertson, Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Tim Haslam, Hugo Grumbar, Claudia Bluemhuber, Ian Hutchinson, Florian Dargel, Irene Gall, James Spring, Larry Taube, Natascha Wharton
Producer: Jonathan Cavendish
Screenwriter: William Nicholson
Cinematographer: Robert Richardson
Editor: Masahiro Hirakubo
Production Design: James Merifield
Music: Nitin Sawhney
Production Company: Imaginarium Productions
Print Source: Elevation Pictures

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