Irish produced film The Favourite wins two awards at The 75th Venice Film Festival
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.
A Film By Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Produced by: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss
The Favourite won the Grand Jury Prize which is considered the second highest regarded prize of the ceremony. Olivia Colman won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress for her role as Queen Anne.
On receiving her award Colman read from a piece of paper on which her husband had written out a message in phonetic Italian.
The actor said she was, “in love with Venice” and so happy the festival was “in love with the movie” in return.
Yorgos Lanthimos receives the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize for 'The Favourite' at the Award Ceremony during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 8, 2018 in Venice, Italy. pic.twitter.com/YXlHpBBDwi
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It will be released worldwide by film studio Fox Searchlight, opening in US cinemas on 23 November and in Ireland on New Year’s Day.