THE FAVOURITE
Narrative Feature | 121 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/5/2018 and 10/6/2018
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Directed By
Yorgos Lanthimos

Produced By
Ceci Dempsey
Ed Guiney
Lee Magiday
Yorgos Lanthimos

Written By
Deborah Davis
Tony McNamara

Featuring
Olivia Colman
Emma Stone
Rachel Weisz
Nicholas Hoult
Joe Alwyn


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2018 | English | Ireland/UK/USA

As England wages war with the French in the early 18th century, a frail and increasingly unstable Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne while Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz)—her advisor, confidant, and trusted friend—leads the country in her stead. Their mutually beneficial arrangement is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone), who sees becoming the Queen’s preferred companion as her best chance of returning to her aristocratic roots. As Sarah and Abigail’s battle of wills intensifies within the labyrinthian confines of the royal palace, director Yorgos Lanthimos and his three brilliant leads dial up the savage humor in this delightfully unhinged tale of lies and deceit within Queen Anne’s kingdom.