Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival presents The Favourite

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is delighted to present The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest collaboration with Irish production company Element Pictures.

In the 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 Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (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 fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. The Favourite is a dark yet comic story about three hugely commanding women jockeying with raw abandon for love, favour and power.

The filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos will be in attendance at the screening along with Vasilis Marmatakis.

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