Lagoon Park - Marin Center Sun, Oct 11, 2020 7:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Big Nights: Film
Running Time:117 min.
Director:Francis Lee
Screenwriter:Francis Lee
Cinematographer:Stéphane Fontaine
Cast:Kate Winslet
Saoirse Ronan
Gemma Jones
James McArdle
Alec Secareanu
Fiona Shaw
Print Source:Neon
Note Writer:KD Davis


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As much a timeless love story as a document of a hidden historical chapter, Ammonite—Francis Lee’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to God’s Own Country—digs deep into the past to reveal truths ripe for unearthing. Self-trained paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) knew the secret language of the wind-whipped seaside cliffs of Dorset, and only to her did the silent landscape reveal its past. In 19th century England, during an era when women could neither vote nor hold membership in the scientific societies of the day, Anning was obliged to sell foraged fossils to support her groundbreaking research, her mother, and herself. When she is hired on as a companion for Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), the young wife of a visiting geologist, another secret language is born: of shared loneliness, intimacy, and unquenchable desire. Winslet’s simmering, understated portrait of Mary is as powerful as the landscape itself, and Ronan’s Charlotte provides the tidal force that unleashes the wellspring of passion.


A Telluride Film Festival selection

See also: MVFF Conversation: Kate Winslet, Tribute & MVFF Award

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Francis was brought up on his parents’ farm on the Pennine Hills in Yorkshire. Unable to afford film school, Francis self-financed, wrote, and directed three short films which went on to win many awards at international film festivals. His hugely successful debut feature, God’s Own Country, premiered at Sundance in 2017, where Francis won Best Director. He went on to win many awards including London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Breakthrough British Filmmaker. Following the critical and box office success of God’s Own Country, Francis wrote and directed his eagerly awaited second feature, Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.