Yorgos Lanthimos, director of 'La favorita': "People do not expect anything from me because they do not even know who I am"

Two weeks ago, La favorita triumphed at the awards ceremony of British cinema, the Bafta, with up to seven awards. But when it came time for the night to announce what


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Yorgos Lanthimos chat with actress Emma Stone during the filming of 'La favorita'.

'Roma' steals the portfolio from 'La favorita' at the Bafta Awards

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Two weeks ago, La favorita triumphed at the awards ceremony of British cinema, the Bafta, with up to seven awards. But when the time came to announce the two main prizes, the best film and director, it was Rome that prevailed, stealing the spotlight from this original renovation of the period cinema directed by the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos (Athens, 1973 ).

Tomorrow The favorite competes with Rome with the same number of nominations, 10 each, as the maximum candidate to succeed at the Oscar gala.

Lanthymos presents in her the story of the first British queen and last of the Stuarts, Anne of Great Britain (Olivia Colman), in a historical plot that has nothing to do with the rest of her filmography, something that did not worry the Greek director . "People do not expect anything from me because they do not even know who I am," he explains in conversation with EL MUNDO in London. "The only thing they know about my films is what marketing or journalists tell them they have to wait. Those are the expectations, "he continues. "And if anyone knows my previous work knows that you will find something that will surely make you break the coconut a little and that will require you to enter the cinema with an open mind; But come on, if someone did not understand movies like La lobster probably will not understand this either. I hope they at least think it is coherent, "he says.

In the film, two young women starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz compete to become the Regent's favorite in a story that combines a love-loving lesbian triangle with the director's desire for power and breakthrough aesthetics.

"The film has an inspiration that starts from reality, but we have done what we want, as always. These people really existed, yes, but we did what we wanted with them to model characters that we modified to our liking, "explains Lanthimos. "All my films are based on a real thought or situation," says the author of Canino and The Sacrifice of a Sacred Deer .

Lanthimos refuses to analyze his films so that the public can interpret the most ambiguous aspects of the plot in a free and more personal way. Therefore, what you look for in your actresses is not a coherence with the role they are going to interpret, but quite the opposite. "From the combination arises that conflict that creates something new and gives complexity to the character. Rachel [Weisz] has an inherent warmth because of the way she moves and speaks, which contrasts with how Sarah's character was written, that at times she is a very authoritarian and cold person. I wanted to give him new qualities, "he explains.

"With Emma [Stone] it happens to me that I think I was already a great actress but that I had never done anything like it before, although I knew I was more than capable. She has something that she likes , that makes you follow her to do whatever she embarks on. " Both are nominated, like Lanthimos himself, to an Oscar that tomorrow will decide if the favorite is eternal.

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