Director: Wash Westmoreland
Section: World Cinema
Country: UK, USA | Year: 2018
Language(s): English | Time: 111 mins
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
Hailing from Leeds, England, Westmoreland earned his college degree in Politics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and soon after moved to America to pursue filmmaking. His most recent film, Still Alice starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth, saw Moore win nearly every acting award including a BAFTA and her first Oscar. In 2015, Westmoreland was awarded the Humanitas Prize in the feature film category for the movie, an award he shared with co-writer Richard Glatzer. The duo's previous pictures include The Last of Robin Hood starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, as well as the 2006 movie Quinceañera. The latter went on to win the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and picked up the Humanitas Prize, and the John Cassavetes Spirit Award. Currently, Westmoreland is adapting the Susanna Jones novel, The Earthquake Bird for Amazon Studios and Scott Free.