Berlinale: First Clip From Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’ | Film News


“It seems we are expecting, not one, not two, but three babies”.


Variety published an exclusive and hilarious new clip from Sally Potter‘s newest film, The Party, starring Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is set to premiere at The Berlin Film Festival next week as part of the official competition.


The story centers around a group of friends, all gathered at the London townhouse of couple, Bill (Stall) and politician Janet (Scott Thomas). Janet has just been promoted to top-tier of her party and yet this is not the biggest news of the day. Already tensions and conflicts arise and we can feel secrets and opinions are about to come out.


“Each of these people hold secrets. Things that have been hidden come out in a sequence of revelations in a somewhat catastrophic way”, says Potter, “which all makes it sound rather bleak and heavy, but, in fact, this is a comedy, albeit wrapped around some tragic elements”.


Sally Potter focused on filmmaking after a full decade spent working as a dancer, musician, actress and choreographer, a very diverse background that Potter has always managed to insert throughout her films, that often seem autobiographical.


In The Tango Lesson, Potter follows a screenwriter suffering from writer block’s who finds inspiration in a Tango dancer to whom she offers a part in her film in exchange for dancing lessons. Another apparent example is Ginger & Rosa, in which Potter portrays the inseparable teenage girls, Ginger and Rosa, growing up in 1960s London in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis.


The Party is likely to follow the same path and is described by Potter as “universal human experiences people might have in a lifetime but condensed into an hour-and-a-half of real-time”.


The 67th Berlin Film Festival starts next week on February 9 until Feb 19. The Berlinale includes to its Competition and Special sections, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor, James Mangold’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman, and Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.


The Festival will also present the world premiere of Stanley Tucci‘s Final Portrait, starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer and Clémence Poésy and Amazon’s original series Patriot in the Special Series section. Patriot follows the complicated life of John Tayner as an intelligence officer.




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