Programme

SPENCER

Pablo Larraín

Germany, Chile, United States, United Kingdom, 2021 / 111 min / English OV with FR and NL subt. / Drama, History

LuxFilmLab - December 1st, 2021

In 1991, while spending the Christmas holidays with the royal family at their Sandringham House, Princess Diana decides to leave Prince Charles.

The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days. 

Tickets are available as of now via the Kinepolis Luxembourg webshop.

Screenings
Wed 01/12 19:30 Ciné Utopia EN OV with FR & NL subt. https://kinepolis.lu/en/films/lux-film-lab-spencer

“Spencer is an intimate speculative drama that stays as close as it can to everything we know about Diana. At the same time, the movie is infused with a poetic extravagance. The remarkable production design, by Guy Hendrix Dyas, turns the interiors of Sandringham into a profusion of textures that dance before our eyes. (…) But Spencer is a film with the daring, and the imagination, to portray Diana not as a princess, or as a rebel princess either, but as the idiosyncratic flesh-and-blood woman she was, and the movie creates a kind of dream projection of her inner life”. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3/9/21

“Larraín’s Spencer, an inspired portrait of the princess’ life that’s more concerned with finding new truths in her public and private persona than following the familiar beats of her life, isn’t the classic biopic audiences are used to watching. But it is the inventive, iconoclastic film Diana deserves” Robert Daniels, Polygon, 15/9/21

“(…) The ending of the Diana story in actuality was indeed tragic. This film stop well before that and we can leave with understanding and empathy, no matter how imagined it all is. I can’t say enough about Stewart’s performance, steering from an impression of an impossibly well-chronicled figure to beautifully achieving the essence of who she was. It is a bracing, bitter, moving, and altogether stunning turn, taking Diana down roads we have not seen played out quite like in this mesmerizing portrayal. (…) There has been an endless examination and fascination towards Diana. Larraín and Stewart, however, have excavated her soul, and, in the end, presented what we should most want to remember” Pete Hammond, Deadline, 3/9/21

Cast & Credits
Cast 
Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Jack Nielen, Freddie Spry, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Stella Gonet, Richard Sammel
Screenplay 
Steven Knight
Cinematographer 
Claire Mathon
Sound 
Baptiste Boucher
Music 
Jonny Greenwood
Production 
Komplizen Film, Fabula, Shoebox Films, FilmNation Entertainment
Distribution 
The Searchers
Biography

Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is one of Chile's best-known directors as well as a major producer through his production company Fabula. After studying audiovisual communication at Santiago’s University for the Arts, Sciences and Communication, Pablo Larraín turns to filmmaking and goes on to direct eight feature films, including the Oscar-nominated features No (2012) and Jackie (2016). For No, he also won the Art Cinema Award as Best Director in Cannes. His films are straightforward, generally aggressive and interspersed with violence, painting a hard-hitting portrait of Chile. In 2017, Pablo Larraín and his brother Juan de Dios produce Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman which won the first Chilean Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2019, he returns to Santiago in Chile for Ema, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The film was presented in official competition at the Luxembourg city Film Festival 2020.

Filmography
  • 2021 - Spencer
  • 2019 - Ema
  • 2016 - Jackie
  • 2015 - El Club
  • 2013 - Prófugos
  • 2012 - No
  • 2010 - Post Mortem
  • 2008 - Tony Manero
  • 2006 - Fuga