'Never Let Me Go' to open London film fest

Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley starrer opens in U.K. in Jan.

LONDON – Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" will open this year's 54th BFI London Film Festival, event organizers said Thursday.

The Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley starrer will unspool Oct. 13, trumpeting the start of two weeks of movie magic in the British capital. The trio is expected in town to boost the red carpet glamour quotient.

Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and adapted for the screen by Alex Garland, is billed as a story about of love, loss and hidden truths.

Twentieth Century Fox will release the film in the U.K. in January next year.

Backed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films and Film 4, the movie is produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Garland, Ishiguro and Film4 chief Tessa Ross are executive producers.

The festival runs Oct. 13-28.