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Danny Boyle to close film festival

Danny Boyle's first film since the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire will close the 54th BFI London Film Festival.

127 Hours is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston who was forced to cut his own arm off when he was trapped for five days by a falling boulder in an isolated canyon.

Danny, from Bury, Lancashire, said: "I am honoured and delighted that 127 Hours has been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival."

He went on: "LFF 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. I can't wait to unveil the new film and I hope it provides a worthy climax to what will hopefully be two weeks of great movies for our city."

The film, starring US actor James Franco, reunites Danny with the screenwriter and producer of Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscars in 2009.

Both Danny and James are expected to attend the red carpet for the festival's closing night.

The festival opens with the European premiere of Never Let me Go, starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan on October 13.

It runs from October 13-28.

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