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The Party

The Party

Synopsis

Director

This brittle exposure of bourgeoisie malaise and middle-class entitlement owes a debt to a myriad of influences, amongst them Mike Leigh, Chekhov and classic British cinema of the 60s. Marking Sally Potter’s return to the screen – the Orlando director’s last film was 2012’s Ginger and Rosa – this is a lean affair, set almost in one room. Yet the minimalist locations do little to contain magisterial peformances from the likes of Kristen Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy and Timothy Spall.

Janet has just been achieved the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question..

While Potter is not well known for her comedy leanings, The Party shows she has a deft handle on farce and biting satire as the film trades in a number of brilliantly delivered one-liners and a finely judged level of physical comedy.

Shot during the weeks when the ‘Brexit’ referendum dominated the British headlines, the film echoes the spirit of a nation that is divided and unsure of its place in the world. But if that world is going to hell anyway, is there anything else to do but laugh?

Laurence Boyce

Sally Potter

Sally Potter directed her first feature, „The Gold Diggers“, starring Julie Christie, in 1983. She then made a short and several documentaries before the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning „Orlando“ (1992), starring Tilda Swinton, which Potter adapted from Virginia Woolf’s classic novel. Her previous film, „Rage“ (2009), starring Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian and Dianne Wiest, was the first film to premiere simultaneously in cinemas and on mobile phones, it was also screened at PÖFF in 2009.

Filmography

  • The Gold Diggers (1983)
  •  Orlando (1992)
  • The Tango Lesson (997)
  • The Man Who Cried (2000)
  • Yes (2004)
  • Rage (Raev, PÖFF 2009)
  • Ginger & Rosa (PÖFF 2012)
  •  The Party (2017)

Schedule

28.11.2017
19:30 - 20:41
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 120801
Sold out
01.12.2017
19:15 - 20:26
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 151702
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama
Solaris Vitamins

Film info

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Duration: 71 minutes
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Producers: Christopher Sheppard, Kurban Kassam
Writer: Sally Potter
DOP: Aleksei Rodionov
Montage: Anders Refn, Emilie Orsini
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall
Productions: Great Point Media, Adventure Pictures
Festivals: Berlin (Guild Film Prize), Sydney, Helsinki, London, Rio de Janeiro

Synopsis

Director

This brittle exposure of bourgeoisie malaise and middle-class entitlement owes a debt to a myriad of influences, amongst them Mike Leigh, Chekhov and classic British cinema of the 60s. Marking Sally Potter’s return to the screen – the Orlando director’s last film was 2012’s Ginger and Rosa – this is a lean affair, set almost in one room. Yet the minimalist locations do little to contain magisterial peformances from the likes of Kristen Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy and Timothy Spall.

Janet has just been achieved the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question..

While Potter is not well known for her comedy leanings, The Party shows she has a deft handle on farce and biting satire as the film trades in a number of brilliantly delivered one-liners and a finely judged level of physical comedy.

Shot during the weeks when the ‘Brexit’ referendum dominated the British headlines, the film echoes the spirit of a nation that is divided and unsure of its place in the world. But if that world is going to hell anyway, is there anything else to do but laugh?

Laurence Boyce

Sally Potter

Sally Potter directed her first feature, „The Gold Diggers“, starring Julie Christie, in 1983. She then made a short and several documentaries before the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning „Orlando“ (1992), starring Tilda Swinton, which Potter adapted from Virginia Woolf’s classic novel. Her previous film, „Rage“ (2009), starring Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian and Dianne Wiest, was the first film to premiere simultaneously in cinemas and on mobile phones, it was also screened at PÖFF in 2009.

Filmography

  • The Gold Diggers (1983)
  •  Orlando (1992)
  • The Tango Lesson (997)
  • The Man Who Cried (2000)
  • Yes (2004)
  • Rage (Raev, PÖFF 2009)
  • Ginger & Rosa (PÖFF 2012)
  •  The Party (2017)