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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023


Sally Potter

United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, France, The Netherlands

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Director's Biography

English director Sally Potter made her first 8mm at the age of fourteen and has since written and directed seven feature-length and numerous short films, a television series and live work including for opera. She gained the attention of a wide audience in 1992 with Orlando, a loose adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name. Her other films include The Tango Lesson (1996), The Man Who Cried (2000), Yes (2004), Rage (2009), Ginger and Rosa (2012), The Party (2017) and The Roads Not Taken (2020).

Thu 17/14h/Salle des Ambassadeurs

Shortly before the death of Elizabeth I of England in 1603, the queen promises land, wealth and a castle to an androgynous young nobleman named Orlando—but only if he obeys her command: “Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old.” Over the next four centuries, Orlando lives a most bizarre existence during which he becomes ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, lives through the many wars of Europe, mysteriously changes gender, faces court battles and bad luck in love, attempts to become a poet, eventually finds success in writing, and raises a daughter.

Director Sally Potter

Producer Christopher Sheppard

Screenwriter Sally Potter, based on the novel by / d’après le roman de Virginia Woolf

Cinematographer Alexey Rodionov

Production Designer Jan Roelfs

Editor Hervé Schneid

Sound Kant Pan

Music David Motion, Sally Potter

Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp

Production Company PAdventure Studios, Lenfilm Studio, Mikado Film


United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, France, The Netherlands