By Ray Bennett
Rachel Weisz will open and close the 55th BFI London Film Festival as she stars in “The Deep Blue Sea”, Terence Davies’ film of the Terence Rattigan play, which will screen on the final night on Oct. 27. The film will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11.
The festival already announced that “360”, in which Weisz stars with Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, will open proceedings on Oct. 12.
Set in 1950s England, “The Deep Blue Sea” tells of a well-to-do wife (Weisz) of a prominent judge (Simon Russell Beale) who creates a scandal when she falls in love and runs off with a young air force pilot (Tom Hiddleston).
Davies, whose most recent feature film was “The House of Mirth” (2000), said that to get into the festival at all was “bliss” but to have the closing night spot was “sheer heaven!”
Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron called the film an “exquisite new feature from one of our most cherished directors”. She said, “Terence Davies is a filmmaker who the BFI has supported from the very beginnings of his career, and in Terence Rattigan’s centenary year, this beautifully directed and acted film is the perfect closing night film.”
Here’s more about the 55th BFI London Film Festival