Favourite, The: Yorgos (The Lobster) Lanthimos’s Period Film Opens the N.Y. Film Fest

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, a historical melodrama set during the reign of Queen Anne, will kick off the 56th New York Film Fest.

The Fox Searchlight title will make its New York debut, after playing at Venice and Telluride Film Fests around Labor Day Weekend.

The Favourite depicts the royal intrigues of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) as they jockey for position with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).

Lanthimos has an off-beat kind of humor and an avant-garde edge, previously highlighted in films such as “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “The Favourite” is unlikely to be a typically staid costume drama.

“’The Favourite’ is a lot of things at once, each of them perfectly meshed: a historical epic; a visual feast; a wild, wild ride; a formidable display of the art of acting from Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman, abetted by a brilliant cast; a tour de force from Yorgos Lanthimos. And… it’s a blast,” New York Film Fest director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement.

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