Il prossimo film in lingua originale è The Favourite, in programma al Visionario lunedì 28 gennaio ore 19.10 e martedì 29 ore 21.20. 

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The Favourite is a 2018 historical period comedy-drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The story addresses the relationship between two cousins vying* to be court favourites of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, and Mark Gatiss. Filming took place at Hatfield House and Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames.
The film received critical acclaim, with praise for its screenplay, direction, cinematography, music, costume design, production values, and the performances of the three leading women, and it  won two awards: the Grand Jury Prize and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress (Colman).
The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of 2018, and among other accolades, it received five Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Colman won Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. The film received 12 nominations at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards including Best Film, Best Actress (Colman), two nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Stone and Weisz) and Best Director (Lanthimos).

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the France. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough,  governs the country in her stead. The Queen in fact is extremely frail, constantly ill and temperamental; Anne shows little interest in governing, instead preferring eccentric activities such as racing ducks and playing with her rabbits, which represent the 17 children she has lost over the years. Her confidante, adviser and secret lover Sarah Churchill, her childhood friend and advisor, tends to her ill health and helps Anne make most of her war-time decisions.
When Sarah’s impoverished younger cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) arrives at Court in search of employment, she is at first forced to do menial* work , as a scullery maid in the palace, but after seeing the Queen’s condition, she sees an opportunity to ingratiate herself with Sarah and, eventually, Queen Anne herself. She uses herbs to heal the Queen’s inflamed legs and though she is initially punished by Sarah for her presumption, the remedy eases the Queen’s suffering. In gratitude, Sarah makes Abigail her lady of the bedchamber. Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.  As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning* friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions …
vying is the present participle of to vie = contend, compete
menial = humble, servile
to step into the breach = If you step into the breach, you do a job or task which someone else was supposed to do or has done in the past, because they are suddenly unable to do it.
burgeoning = growing rapidly