• The Party

    Directed by Sally Potter
    UK | 71 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • The Party

    Directed by Sally Potter
    UK | 71 minutes | World Cinema Now

The newly elected Minister of Health, played by Kristen Scott Thomas, finds her champagne-popping celebration tumbling quickly into catastrophe after`her husband makes a bombshell announcement. Sally Potter’s savagely witty screenplay gleefully skewers the pretensions of her upscale characters.

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January 6, 2018 10:00 AM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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January 11, 2018 3:30 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Sally Potter’s (Orlando) deliciously nasty new film, described by Variety as a “caviar-black comedy,” takes place at the elegant London abode of Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas), who’s just been elected Minister of Health. A gaggle of her friends drop by for the champagne-popping celebration, but what is meant to be a night of triumph tumbles quickly into catastrophe when Janet’s strangely spaced-out husband (Timothy Spall) bursts the bubble with a bombshell announcement. And there will be many more unwanted revelations before this party ends.

Potter’s brisk, savagely witty screenplay gleefully skewers the pretensions of her upscale characters. She’s aided and abetted by a dream cast: Patricia Clarkson as Janet’s corrosively cynical best friend, who treats her New Age-y boyfriend (Bruno Ganz) with withering contempt; Cherry Jones and Emily Mortimer as a doctrinaire feminist academic and her pregnant wife; and a wild-eyed Cillian Murphy, who shows up in a coke-snorting lather and happens to be packing a gun.

Winner: Guild Film Prize, Berlin

film details

Country: UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 71 minutes
Language: English
Awards: Guild Film Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
Director: Sally Potter
Producers: Christopher Sheppard, Kurban Kassam
Principal Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall
Cinematographers: Aleksei Rodionov
Editor: Anders Refn, Emilie Orsini
Screenwriter: Sally Potter
Website: www.theparty-movie.com

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