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Poor Things (2023)

Opens on March 15

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Run Time: 141 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2023

Starring: Emma Stone, Jerrod Carmichael, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Willem Dafoe

Country: United States, Ireland, United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

Awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.

Poor Things (2023) received 11 nominations at the 96th Academy Awards, winning Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The film also received seven Golden Globe nominations and won two—Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Stone).

This is the incredible tale and the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.

Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, she runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

“an equally – and brilliantly – surprising hybrid: a feminist coming-of-age story, monster movie and bawdy, foul-mouthed sex romp that the Greek alchemist has somehow forged into a masterpiece”

—Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

About the filmmaker:

Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek film director, producer, screenwriter, photographer, and theatre director. He briefly studied business and played professional basketball before he turned to study film in his hometown. Although there were very few Greek films being made, Lanthimos managed to find work behind the camera as a commercial director. Kinetta (2005) was his first solo directing effort, and his unique style and framing earned the film entry into international festivals in Berlin and Toronto. His film Dogtooth (2009), a drama about a family that has withdrawn from the outside world, earned the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Lanthimos’ next film Alps (2011) wasn’t met with the same regard, but his first English language film, The Lobster (2015), cemented his reputation as a wholly unique auteur. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Lanthimos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His follow up to that film was the thoughtful psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) followed by The Favourite (2018), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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