Programme

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Emerald Fennell

États-Unis, 2020 / 113 min / English OV / Drame, Crime, Thriller, Comédie

Film d’ouverture

A promising young woman acts as easy prey for sexual predators to teach them a lesson.

Cassie was considered a promising young woman until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. She now lives a quiet life in her parents’ house and works as a barista. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalisingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night when she is out for revenge, looking to teach men a lesson to heal from her traumatic past. She spends her weekends faking an almost unconscious drunk to attract men who consider her easy prey and see how far they’re willing to go sexually with someone unable to provide consent. The ones who continue to push despite the fact that she is pulling back risk paying dearly for their unsolicited, predatory advances. When she unexpectedly encounters Ryan, a former classmate, she might get a chance to right the wrongs of the past

“Emerald Fennell’s signature bite, wit, and re-imagined femme fatales make Promising Young Woman a daring but dark inspiration. Fennell and her team paint a perversely heroic portrait and a eulogy to the loss of potential that occurs when male cruelty claims yet another promising young woman.” Sundance Film Festival

Screenings
Thu 05/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg EN OV Projection privée

“It’s a canny setup, from the devious mind of Killing Eve show-runner Emerald Fennell who acts here as writer-director, and while we’ve seen films where women violently fight back against rape culture before […], we haven’t seen one that feels quite as female and quite as well-rooted in the conversations we’re still somehow having to have. Cassie’s modus operandi is designed to root out the bad guys but quite often they’re not the guys who think that they’re bad in the first place. […] Watching Cassie regain this power over these odious men is a deliciously giddy thrill and, despite the subject matter, Fennell’s film is often extremely funny.” Benjamin Lee, The Guardian, 26/01/2020

“From its modest beginnings as a story about a young woman who gets trashed most nights, Promising Young Woman ventures boldly and very far in suggesting the extent to which sexual abuse took place and was — and is — then neatly swept out of sight, not to be mentioned again. Fennell’s film could be called a polemic, but dramatically it’s so sharply and boldly laid out that its narrative shocks rule the day. It’s jolting to witness how it refuses to let anyone off the hook.” Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, 26/01/2020

“Promising Young Woman builds to a truly shocking climax that delivers Fennell’s themes with a dark and twisted sense of humour—and justice. It’s a clever and unexpected turn in a film full of surprises.” Anthony Kaufman, Screendaily, 26/01/20

Cast & Credits
Cast 
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Clancy Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Screenplay 
Emerald Fennell
Cinematographer 
Benjamin Kračun
Sound 
Frederic Dubois
Set 
Michael Perry
Music 
Anthony Willis
Production 
FilmNation Entertainment, Focus Features, LuckyChap Entertainment
Distribution 
The Searchers
Biography

Emerald Fennell is a multi-talented screenwriter, director, actor and novelist born in London in 1985. In 2019, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for an Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, for her work as head writer and executive producer on season two of Killing Eve. Her most recent novel, Monsters, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal om Literature. The script for her first feature film, Promising Young Woman (2020), was featured on the 2018 Black List, before premiering at Sundance in early 2020. Emerald Fennell also known for playing Camilla Shand, the future Duchess of Cornwall in the Netflix series The Crown.

Filmography
  • 2020 – Promising Young Women
  • 2018 – Careful How You Go (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)