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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

The Favourite (2019 Feature Film)

Yorgos Lanthimos | Ireland, United Kingdom, USA | 2018 | color | DCP | 120' | English | s.s

This absurdist-comedic costume drama has been overloaded with prizes. Intrigue at the court of Queen Anne played with relish by three actresses at the height of their game. While England is at war with France, the queen eats blue cakes. A deliciously devious film like no other.

At the close of the 18th century, England is at war with France. Nevertheless, there is plenty of time at the British court of Queen Anne (a fabulous Oscar-winning role by Olivia Colman) to indulge in duck-racing, pigeon-shooting and lobster-eating. The Queen’s health is brittle and she suffers from mood swings. Her gout causes unbearable pain. Loyal support is provided by her friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), who simultaneously influences politics. But then the new maid Abigail (Emma Stone) appears and a deliciously devious power struggle ensues between Queen Anne’s two favorites.

Absurdist Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) interprets history freely. There are plenty of powdered wigs, pouts and beautiful gowns in this costume drama, but it’s far from entirely historically correct. At the same time, Lanthimos reveals the machinations behind the royal scenes more honestly than ever before. The eternal struggle for power and influence, the fawning over the Queen, strategic marriages, and illicit sex: it’s all there. That and profanity-laced language concerning female genitalia and a lot of blue cakes.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 10 April 2019

Time: 20:15

Duration: 1:30

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 10:00

Duration: 1:30

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 12:45

Duration: 1:30

Year in Festival
Yorgos Lanthimos
Robbie Ryan
Olivia Colman
Rachel Weisz
Emma Stone
United Kingdom
Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Komeil S. Hosseini
Daniel Battsek
Deborah Davis
Rose Garnett
Ken Kao
Andrew Lowe
Tony McNamara
Josh Rosenbaum
Production Design
Fiona Crombie
Year of Production
Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos LANTHIMOS (1973, Greece) studied Film and TV Directing in Athens. Since 1995, he has directed films, plays and a large number of commercials. Dogtooth, his second feature, won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes film festival in 2009 and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The Lobster, his first English-language film, won the Jury Prize in Cannes and two European Film Awards. The Favourite won seven Baftas and received ten Academy Award nominations.


O viasmos tis Hlois (1995, short), O kalyteros mou filos (2001, co-dir), Uranisco Disco (2001, short), Kinetta (2005), Kynodontas/Dogtooth (2009), Alpeis/Alps (2011), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc), The Lobster (2015), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), The Favourite (2018)