According to reports, Stone is in the running for her second Oscar, having previously won for ‘La La Land.’ Her performance in ‘Poor Things,’ which premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, is generating Oscar buzz.
From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), 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.
According to the first reports following the Venice premiere, ‘Poor Things’ is a beautiful, hilarious, and bizarre Frankenstein-style reimagining that gives way to the awakening of primal pleasures and the acting to enjoy them. What a brilliant vision by Yorgos Lanthimos! One of the best films of the year.
The film also stars Youssef as Max McCandless, Jerrod Carmichael as Harry Astley, Christopher Abbott as Sir Aubrey de la Pole Blessington, Margaret Qualley as Felicity, Kathryn Hunter as Swiney, Suzy Bemba as Toinette, and Wayne Brett as Pries.
Shot on Kodak film, ‘Poor Things’ by DP Robbie Ryan features 35mm KODAK DOUBLE-X Black & White, EKTACHROME Color Reversal, and 500T Color Negative Film. The film hits select theaters on December 8, 2023, followed by a worldwide release on December 22nd.
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