Cold War

 
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Cold War review

An epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving.

Paweł Pawlikowski won the best director award at Cannes in May for this sweepingly intimate love story about a star-crossed couple falling together and apart, through the iron curtain of postwar Europe. - Mark Kermode

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The Favourite

 
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Film Review

The first film in the 19/20 Whitaker Film Club program is the brilliantly odd, The Favourite.

A spirited film set in Queen Ann’s court this is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

A trio of pitch-perfect performances from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone drive Yorgos Lanthimos’s spiky period drama – a tragicomic tale of personal and political jealousy and intrigue in 18th-century England. - Mark Kermode

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Directors Profile // Yorgos Lanthimos

Georgios "Yorgos" Lanthimos is a Greek film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter.

 Whilst growing up in Athens, Lanthimos never envisioned a career in film, expressing in a interview that “you couldn’t really say, ‘I’m going to become a film-maker.’ A 15-year-old boy in Greece in the 80s and 90s? There was nothing like that happening.”

 After school he initially went on to study business, before giving it all up to study directing for film and television at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos (HCTSS) in Athens, yet he still only believed this would end in a career in making adverts.

 After some time making adverts he moved into film by co directing the film My Best Friend with Lakis Lazopoulos, followed by his experimental film Kinetta. Premiering at the Toronto film festival it showcased Lanthimos unique storytelling and had many excited to see what would come next.

 What came next was Dogtooth, a film about a Greek family that cemented Yorgos place in cinema. His stories offer something new, a narrative of absurd, odd humour that leaves his audience initially unsure of how to react, however it can be said that the deadpan performances almost allow for a sincere reaction. You aren’t steered into a mimic emotion from the character, it’s almost up to you to decide.

 
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Film Recommendations

If you enjoyed The Favourite, here are some other films we recommend.

From the same director:

  • Dogtooth

  • The Lobster

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Films we also recommend that share a similar tone, feel and themes are:

  • The Draughtsman’s Contract 1982 Peter Greenaway 

  • Quills 2000 Philip Kaufman 

  • Madness of King George 1994 Nicholas Hytner 

  • Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick