Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone starring at this 18th century drama & impressing audience and critics alike
The Favourite is the newest creation of Yorgos Lanthimos, a drama film set in England during the 18th century. The film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and won the hearts of both the audience and the critics. With such an amazing cast and under the guidance of an ambitious, talented director, what else would you have expected?
Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne of Great Britain and has already been awarded Volpi Cup for Best Actress in Venice. Then, it is Rachel Weisz that plays Sarah Churchill. An influential woman of her time, she is the one behind Anne’s ruling. Weisz has partnered with Yorgos Lanthimos again in the past, playing at the Lobster along with Colin Farrell. She shines once more, perfecting her role despite its demanding nature.
Emma Stone plays the new servant, whose beauty and distinctive character cannot go unnoticed. James Smith, Mark Gatiss and Nicholas Hoult also star in The Favourite, adding their special flair to its overall quality. It is a film about love and its difficulties. This is a love triangle among women, to be more precise. Yorgos Lanthimos works with natural lighting and creates the perfect depiction of loneliness, anger and despair through simplicity & refinement.
The film was written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. Although it is scheduled to be broadcast in several festivals all around the world, in United States its premier has been set for November 23rd 2018. In Venice, The Favourite has been nominated for the Golden Lion and the Queer Lion. Instead, the film won the Grand Jury Prize and feedback has been outstanding so far.
Once more, Yorgos Lanthimos impresses through his work and lifts Greek filmmaking even higher. He is an excellent supporter at the art of provocation and does not cease to surprise us every single time. We can do nothing but hold our breath, really!