The Favourite wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival September 11, 2018


The latest film from renowned director Yorgos Lanthimos, ‘The Favourite’, took home two awards at the Venice Film festival this past weekend.

Making its world premiere in competition at the festival (which ran from August 29th to September 8th) the historical black comedy was awarded the Grand Jury Prize, with star Olivia Colman taking home the award for Best Actress.

Also starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, the film follows the close relationship between Queen Anne (Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Weisz), which is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two as they jockey for the position of the Queen’s favourite.

Critics were effuse in their praise for the film, with Variety calling it  “a perfectly cut diamond of a movie – a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama.”

IndieWire praised the main cast, stating that “all three members of the main trio are at their best, but it’s Coleman who most deserves a coronation”

Reviewer Walter Chaw stated that “The Favourite is not just one of the best movies of the year, it’s the most topical, too, and the most hopeless as a result,” while Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian echoed the sentiment that Olivia Coleman “couldn’t get any better”, adding: “She steps up to movie-star lead status with an uproarious performance as Britain’s needy and emotionally wounded Queen Anne in this bizarre black comedy of the 18th-century court.”

Screen Scene and Ardmore Sound were proud to part of the films sound team, with Screen Scene providing all the film’s VFX.

The Favourtie, which is the third collaboration between Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and Irish company Element Pictures, is set to open in US cinemas on November 23rd, and in Ireland on January 1st.