The Bleecker Street and Participant Media release, which will open the BFI London Film Festival on October 4, tells the story of a real-life adventurous couple — British Robin and Diana Cavendish — who must cope with adult-onset polio.
After being struck by the disease at the age of 28, Robin is paralyzed from the neck down and able to breathe only with the use of a mechanical ventilator.
With the support of Diana, he goes on to become a tireless advocate for the disabled and is instrumental in helping countless people regain their independence — and becomes a medical phenomenon himself.
The Cavendishes’ son, producer Jonathan Cavendish, now runs The Imaginarium Studios with Serkis, an actor who is best known for his motion-capture roles in “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit,” “King Kong” and the “Planet of the Apes” series.
“Breathe” is penned by “Gladiator” writer William Nicholson and also stars Tom Hollander and “Downton Abbey” alum Hugh Bonneville.
It opens in select theaters on Oct.13.
See the studio’s official description of the film below.
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, “Breath” is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.