THE FAVOURITE

UK, Ireland 2018

Synopsis

Early 18th century: England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When the new servant Abigail Hill 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.

Director's Biography

Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece.
He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays.
KINETTA, his first feature film, played at Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim.
His second feature DOGTOOTH, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals world-wide.
His first English-language feature film THE LOBSTER was presented in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It also won European Screenwriter and Costume Design at the 2015 European Film Awards.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, his fifth feature film, premiered in competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Screenplay award. It was nominated for European Director, Screenwriter and Actor (Colin Farrell) in the European Film Awards.

Filmography:
2019 - THE FAVOURITE
2017 - THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
2015 - THE LOBSTER
2009 - DOGTOOTH
2005 - KINETTA
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Produced by: Ed Guiney, Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos

Cinematography: Robbie Ryan

Editing: Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Production Design: Fiona Crombie

Costume Design: Sandy Powell

Hair & Make-up: Nadia Stacey

Sound: Johnnie Burn

Main Cast: Olivia Colman (Queen Anne), Rachel Weisz (Lady Sarah), Emma Stone (Abigail), Nicholas Hoult (Harley), Joe Alwyn (Masham)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2019
  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2019