127 Hours debuts at the closing night of London Film Festival...
We’re back on the red carpet for a final time as we chat to Danny Boyle and James Franco at the Closing Night Gala screening of 127 Hours. Director Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) explains why he found the story of Aron Ralston so compelling, while Franco describes watching Ralston’s actual video footage from 2003.
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?
Howl is the story of Allen Ginsberg (Franco) - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem Howl. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, Howl is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech. The proceedings find a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola), pitting generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).
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