Opening Night Gala: Colette
Based on the true-life story of French novelist and feminist icon Colette, nee Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, and starring Keira Knightley in the central role.
When she marries a successful Parisian writer known commonly as 'Willy' (Dominic West), Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. When Willy persuades Colette to ghostwrite for him, she pens a semi-autobiographical novel creating the brazen country girl named Claudine, which becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation.
Following the novel’s success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.
'Not just the story of one woman’s coming into her own, but also a blueprint for how to do so when just about all the social, cultural, and legal forces in your world are stacked against you… Conveys a strong feminist message…' Sarah Boslaugh, TheArtsStl
'Westmoreland’s Paris is scrumptiously decadent - and seedy - as Colette navigates the city’s eclectic, gossipy social scene.' Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
After party reception in Martha’s Vineyard, Brunswick Moviebowl. Enjoy a selection of complimentary refreshments to help us launch the 31st Foyle Film Festival in style.