Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite Opens Tomorrow

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018

The film is tipped to be nominated for numerous Oscars at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has certainly made an impact recently. Although his directorial feature-debut My Best Friend was released back in 2001, he has only lately received widespread consideration. Things all changed back in 2009 with his bizarre comedy-drama Dogtooth. It’s a striking piece of extreme cinema, and was a huge talking point for cinephiles and film fans on the year of its release. His biggest success - on the other hand - came in 2015 with his absurdist dark-comedy The Lobster. The film was a hit with critics and audiences, and soon after everyone was waiting for his next project. This came in 2017, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer marked a speedy and triumphant return for the visionary craftsman.

His films are quite unlike anyone else’s, and genuinely feel as though made by aliens naively observing human behaviour. This certainly sounds odd, but his work really does make for compelling and memorable viewing. His latest film is a comedy-drama set in 18th century England called The Favourite, which opens in UK cinemas on New Year’s Day. Although festivities may become hectic this evening, this latest piece is definitely worth heading out to the cinemas to watch tomorrow. 

(L-R) Guest, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, James Smith, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Tony McNamara, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Deborah Davis and Ed Guiney attend the UK Premiere...(L-R) Guest, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, James Smith, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Tony McNamara, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Deborah Davis and Ed Guiney attend the UK Premiere...

The film stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, alongside Rachel Weisz as her close friend Lady Sarah, who finds that she must compete for the Queen’s affection as servant Abigail (Emma Stone) attempts to become the favourite. Critics are praising the film highly, many of which are agreeing that this is Lanthimos’ best work yet. The production design looks incredibly luxurious, the cast is terrific, and the humour is reportedly razor-sharp, but still continuous of the director’s trademark absurdity.

The Favourite has already been nominated for numerous awards, and many are already predicting that it could be a significant contender for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, likely to compete alongside the likes of Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. It’s definitely worth checking out when it hits cinemas, and is likely to be one of the most celebrated award-winners of 2019.

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