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The Favourite

OT: The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos // United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, 2017
Fiction Feature // FF2018
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In his new film, Yorgos Lanthimos weaves a complex web of intrigue, envy and treachery about lady-in-waiting Abigail (Emma Stone). The early 18th century. England is at war with France and the courtiers while away their time with duck-racing and discovering the pineapple. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is wasting away and the real power lies in the hands of her close friend and lady-in-waiting Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). As politics occupies more and more of Lady Sarah’s time, the new lady-in-waiting Abigail (Emma Stone) takes her place as the confidante at the queen’s side. Abigail is now free to realize her ambitious goals – and the balance of power begins to shift.


Since his film Dogtooth (2009), YORGOS LANTHIMOS (*1973) has been recognized as a powerful, idiosyncratic voice in European genre cinema. The Lobster (2015) was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay and was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG as was his last film The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).



The Favourite

Fiction Feature



United Kingdom, Ireland, USA


119 min

OV with German subtitles

Yorgos Lanthimos

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn

Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos

Robbie Ryan

Yorgos Mavropsaridis ACE

Fiona Crombie

Twentieth Century Fox of Germany

Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment

Janina Dicke, Twentieth Century Fox of Germany: Janina.Dicke@fox.com

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