Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), Carey Mulligan (Far From The Madding Crowd) and Helena Bonham Carter (Cinderella), will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival. The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday, October 7 at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by the filmmakers and cast with a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

The story follows Maud (Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive, but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized — risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.

The film is produced by Ruby Films for Pathé, Film4 and the BFI in association with Redgill Productions and with the participation of Canal+ and Cine-Cinema. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus and Teresa Moneo. Christopher Collins was the lead executive for the BFI. Pathé UK releases the film in cinemas nationwide on October 30.

Focus Features is releasing the film domestically.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs October 7-18.