Boyle's '127 Hours' closing London fest

Film reunites helmer with Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson

LONDON – Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" will close the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 28, giving the movie its European premiere, organizers said Friday.

The movie, Boyle's first project since Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire," reunites him with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson and will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures U.K. for Pathe in January 2011.

Boyle last attended the festival in 2008 when the European premiere of multiple award-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" was also the closing night gala.

Speaking about the premiere, Boyle said the event had helped propel "Slumdog" to international fame.

"The London Film Festival played a vital role in the journey of "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008 and it's great to be bringing new work here and renewing a happy partnership," said Boyle, adding that he "can't wait" to unveil the new movie to audiences.

"127 Hours" tells the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's struggle to save himself after a falling boulder crashes traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. He finally has to extricate himself from the trap, abseil down a rock face and hike over eight miles before being finally rescued.
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