Director: Francis Lee Run Time: 120 min. Rating: R
Starring: Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan
“Ammonite just floored me; I can’t think of a single aspect that could be improved upon”
– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
About the film:
Official Selection of Cannes and Telluride. World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020.
In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother.
When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife, Charlotte Murchison, she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.
About the filmmaker:
Writer-director Francis is from West Yorkshire, England. He trained as an actor and worked in theatre, film, and television before deciding to tell his own stories. His highly acclaimed debut feature God’s Own Country (2017) won numerous awards including Sundance’s World Cinema Directing prize and Best First Feature at Toronto’s Inside Out Film and Video Festival. At the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, the film received the Harvey Award, presented by the Teddy Awards program for LGBT-related films.
In October 2020, Lee was presented the inaugural World Queer Visionary Award at the New York LGBTQ Film Festival.See upcoming films