Mektoub, My Love | 15 February
A romantic drama from Abdellatif Kechiche, director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour. Amin, a young screenwriter returns from Paris to his home town, a touristy fishing village where his parents run a Tunisian restaurant. Armed with his camera, Amin gathers inspiration for his screenplays while his cousin chases girls on holdiays. When it comes to love, for Amin only Mektoub (‘destiny’ in Arabic) can decide. This French/Italian co-production was supported by Creative Europe through the Automatic distribution scheme.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis, The Favourite is a darkly comic historical drama. Featuring an incredible performance by Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne - a woman in perpetual pain who leans on her close female companions to help her deal with her duties and appetites. Funny, bawdy and tragic, it also features great parts for Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as they vy for the attentions of the Queen. Shot using only natural daylight and candlelight, this film is also a feast for the eyes with gorgeous costumes and sumptuous sets.
Congratulations to Element Pictures on their 10 Nominations for The Favourite in the 2019 Oscars! The project received €50,000 MEDIA Single Project development funding as far back as 2003.
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