Century Larkspur 2 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 11:30 AM
Film Info
Category:Big Nights
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:117 min.
Director:Andy Serkis
Producer:Jonathan Cavendish
Screenwriter:William Nicholson
Cinematographer:Robert Richardson
Editor:Masahiro Hirakubo
Cast:Andrew Garfield
Claire Foy
Tom Hollander
Diana Rigg
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont


SPOTLIGHT ON ANDREW GARFIELD. In his directorial debut, actor Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes) tells the remarkable true love story of Robin (an exceptional Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (The Crown’s Claire Foy, as resolute as a royal), two charming and free-spirited young Brits who are newly wedded in the late 1950s, when the dashing young Robin is suddenly struck down by polio. Paralyzed and confined to a bleak hospital ward, the constant mechanical breathing of a respirator is all that keeps him alive—though it’s hardly a life he can bear living. Unwilling to accept such a fate, the devoted Diana makes a radical decision that upends all conventional and scientific wisdom of the era—and completely changes the course of their lives. Produced by their son Jonathan Cavendish, Breathe is a romantic and reverent tribute to a fearless couple who became pioneering inventors and advocates for the disabled community long before disabled rights were a matter of law.

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Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Andrew Garfield, a screening of Breathe and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.


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Andy Serkis is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in a range of memorable roles. He gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance as Gollum in the Academy Award®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. Serkis won an Empire Award for his role, in addition to sharing in several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award®. Reuniting with Jackson, he played two roles in the director’s epic retelling of King Kong. Serkis has just completed his directorial debut, Breathe, and is in post-production on Jungle Book: Origins, in which he serves as director, producer and actor (in the role of Baloo).