Opening Night: Love & Friendship

Guests Expected

Director Whit Stillman and actor Kate Beckinsale expected to attend.


Writer-director Whit Stillman brings a unique sense and sensibility to Love & Friendship, a laugh-out-loud comedy starring Kate Beckinsale as a sassy social climber. Stillman infuses this sharp-witted, frisky tale—based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan—with a bubbly effervescence as the widowed Susan (Beckinsale) maneuvers her way through society and finagles her way out of scandal while trying to gain matrimonial advantage for herself and her daughter during a visit to her in-laws. But will anyone be a suitable match for the sly and coy Lady Susan? Witty and spry from start to finish, Stillman’s adaptation—set in the 1790s—feels remarkably contemporary in its class analysis and use of humor. Eimer ni Mhaoldomhnaigh’s costume designs, the period detail in Anna Rackard’s production design, and strong supporting turns from Chloë Sevigny and Tom Bennett add to the rich tableau. Stillman’s first film in five years is one that confirms his status as one of modern cinema’s most distinctive filmmakers and a droll chronicler of the urban leisure class—no matter the era. —Randy Myers

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Whit Stillman made his feature writing/directing debut with Metropolitan (1990), garnering multiple honors, including a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. He went on to make Barcelona (1994), The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Damsels in Distress (2011).
Film Details
  • Country(ies): Ireland/France/Netherlands
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 94
  • Director(s): Whit Stillman
  • Producer(s): Katie Holly, Lauranne Bourrachot, Whit Stillman
  • Writer(s): Whit Stillman
  • Cinematographer(s): Richard van Oosterhout
  • Editor(s): Sophie Corra
  • Music: Benjamin Esdraffo, Mark Suozzo
  • With: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

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