36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

The Favourite

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Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in the film THE FAVOURITE. Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

In early 18th century Britain, Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) gout renders her too weak to rule, even though England is at war with the French. Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) quietly rules in place of Queen Anne, managing competing interests within the monarchy and parliament. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) falls on hard times, she travels to the castle looking for work and Sarah offers her a job as a scullery maid. A bitter rivalry ensues between the two reunited cousins as their ambitions grow and they compete to establish themselves as the Queen’s favorite companion.

Presented by the University of Virginia Gamma Knife Center


Friday, November 2


7:00 PM


The Paramount Theater

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Film Info

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.

Runtime: 120 min.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Year: 2018

Country: Ireland/UK/USA

Language: English

Featuring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith.