Aug 1 2013, 10:06am CDT | by Bang Movies
The Paul Greengrass-directed drama - which is based on the real life 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates - will kick off this year's film gala by holding its European premiere in London's Leicester Square on October 9.
Clare Stewart, the British Film Institute's head of exhibition, said: ''We are thrilled to be opening the BFI London Film Festival by welcoming Paul Greengrass - one of the great supporters of the BFI and British film - back to London for the European premiere of 'Captain Phillips'. Our festival audiences will be captivated by Greengrass's virtuoso filmmaking; 'Captain Phillips' is an intense, high-stakes drama, focusing on two men forced onto a collision course by global political forces much larger than themselves.
''Featuring spellbinding performances by Tom Hanks and four Somali-American actors (Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat M. Ali), we are excited to be presenting this film as our opening night gala.''
Both Hanks and Greengrass are expected to attend the premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square.
This year's London Film Festival takes place between October 9 and 20.
Source: Bang Movies
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