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THE FAVOURITE

by Yorgos Lanthimos

synopsis

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

original title: The Favourite
country: Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
film run: 120'
release date: GB 1/01/2019, IE 1/01/2019, DE 3/01/2019, NL 3/01/2019, LT 4/01/2019, ES 4/01/2019, IT 14/01/2019, FR 16/01/2019
screenplay: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jack Veal, John Locke, Jenny Rainsford, Basil Eidenbenz
cinematography by: Robbie Ryan
film editing: Sam Sneade
art director: Fiona Crombie
costumes designer: Sandy Powell
producer: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
co-producer: Jennifer Semler
executive producer: Daniel Battsek, Deborah Davis, Rose Garnett, Ken Kao, Andrew Lowe, Josh Rosenbaum
production: Element Pictures, Film4, Scarlet Films, Arcana (US), Waypoint Entertainment (US)
backing: British Film Institute (GB), Irish Film Board (IE)
distributor: 20th Century Fox Spain, 20th Century Fox Italy, 20th Century Fox France