Yorgos Lanthimos’ Film4-supported film, “Poor Things,” clinched the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. This marks the fourth collaboration between Film4 and director Yorgos Lanthimos, following their support for “The Favourite,” “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,” and “The Lobster,” all of which garnered significant attention at festivals and garnered awards. Film4 worked on the screenplay for “Poor Things” in partnership with Lanthimos’ regular producers at Element Pictures. They also co-financed the film alongside Searchlight Pictures, who were also co-financiers for Lanthimos’ acclaimed work, “The Favourite,” which earned Bafta and Academy Awards, in conjunction with Film4.
The eagerly awaited “Poor Things” narrates the extraordinary story of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) and her fantastical transformation, orchestrated by the brilliant and unconventional scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s wing, Bella is eager to absorb knowledge. Yearning for worldly experiences she has yet to encounter, Bella embarks on a whirlwind adventure across continents with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a suave and hedonistic lawyer. Freed from the societal biases of her era, Bella becomes resolute in her mission to champion equality and liberation.
Following its premiere in the UK on the 14th of October at the London Film Festival, “Poor Things” will hit UK cinemas on the 12th of January 2024, courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.