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The Favourite

Original title
The Favourite
Year
Running time
121 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Cinematography
Robbie Ryan
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United Kingdom-Ireland-United States; Element Pictures / Scarlet Films / Film4 / Waypoint Entertainment. Distributed by Fox Searchlight
Genre
Drama | Black Comedy. 18th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) 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.
Awards
2018: Venice Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Actress (Colman)
2018: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Screenplay. Special Jury Award
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