The Favourite


Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 4:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 2:15 PM
Film Info
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:121 min.
Director:Yorgos Lanthimos
Producer:Deborah Davis
Tony McNamara
Screenwriter:Yorgos Lanthimos
Deborah Davis
Lee Magiday
Cinematographer:Robbie Ryan
Editor:Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Cast:Olivia Colman
Emma Stone
Rachel Weisz
Nicholas Hoult
Joe Alwyn
James Smith
Print Source:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


In the latest audacious offering from world cinema’s leading provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Oscar® winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone vie for the affections of—and influence over—sickly Queen Anne (a gloriously unhinged Olivia Colman, winner of the Best Actress prize at the Venice Film Festival) as England engages in the War of the Spanish Succession. Hardened and loyal Sarah Churchill (Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough, rests easy knowing her favor with the Queen, but the arrival of her distant cousin Abigail (Stone)—an affable, spirited servant whose ladyship was gambled away by her father—in the castle creates a dangerous triad of lust, jealousy, and power plays. With nods to Peter Greenaway, Lanthimos infuses The Favourite, which also won the Grand Prix at Venice, with his signature brand of hilariously deadpan humor, with the three leads perfectly matched to his bawdy wit in yet another truly unforgettable dissection of the darker side of human nature.

Additional Information

Athens-born Yorgo Lanthimos started his career directing dance and music videos, short films, commercials, and theater before making his first feature, Kinetta (2005). Dogtooth (2009), followed, winning the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and a Best Foreign Language Oscar® nomination. Alps (2011) took screenplay honors at the Venice Film Festival, while The Lobster (2015) won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for European Film and Academy Award® screenplay prizes. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) won the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes and received three European Film Award nominations, including Best Screenplay and Best Director.