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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

The Party (2018 Feature Film)

Sally POTTER | United Kingdom | 2017 | black-and-white | DCP | 71' | English | d.s.

Janet hosts an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the champagne. A black comedy, full of sharp dialogues.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just received an important position in British politics and is having a small party at her house to celebrate. Invited are her friend April (Patricia Clarkson), with her estranged German partner Gottfried, Women’s studies professor Martha, with her partner Jinny, a renowned chef, and Janet’s colleague Marianne with husband Tom. While the friends arrive, the party gets a dramatic turn when Bill (Timothy Spall), Janet's husband, makes a shocking announcement. It turns out not to be his only secret and the other guests are dragged along in the accumulation of revelations and confrontations. 

Love, friendship and political ideals are put at risk. As the sophisticated soiree starts to unravel, a night that began with champagne soon ends up with arguments, shouting, and a pointed gun. A both wry and hilarious portrait of a group of friends who see their certainties falling apart.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 11 April 2018

Time: 21:45

Duration: 0:51

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 13:00

Duration: 0:51

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 12:15

Duration: 0:51

Year in Festival
Alexey Rodionov
Patricia Clarkson
Bruno Ganz
Cherry Jones
Emily Mortimer
Cillian Murphy
Kristin Scott Thomas
Timothy Spall
United Kingdom
Anders Refn
Emilie Orsini
Peter Hardt
Christopher Sheppard
Kurban Kassam
Production Company
Adventure Pictures
Production Design
Carlos Conti
Great Point Media
Sally Potter
Sound Design
Jean-Paul Mugel
Year of Production

Sally POTTER (1949, United Kingdom) left school at the age of 16 to embark on a career as a director. As a member of the London Film-Makers’ Co-op, she made experimental short films. She also trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School for Contemporary Dance and sang in several bands. Potter won prizes as an artist and as a theatre and film director, for instance of Orlando (1992) and The Man Who Cried (2000). In 2012 she was given an OBE for her services to film.


Jerk (1969, short), Play (1970, short), Hors d’oeuvres (1971, short), Thriller (1979, short), The Gold Diggers (1983), The London Story (1986, short), I Am an Ox, I Am a Horse, I Am a Man, I Am a Woman (1988, doc), Orlando (1992), The Tango Lesson (1996), The Man Who Cried (2000), Yes (2004), Rage (2009), Ginger and Rosa (2012), The Party (2017)