Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

Trailer: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan navigate forbidden love in ‘Ammonite’

Neon has released the first trailer for Ammonite, from Francis Lee, director of God’s Own Country, featuring Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and four-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan.

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning (Winslet) works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte (Ronan), who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds.

Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

Ammonite was set to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (still an ‘official selection’) then Telluride but the coronavirus pandemic shut down summer festivals. It was next set for the Deauville Film Festival but Toronto demanded it premiere at its limited edition version of TIFF next month.

Featuring original music by Academy Award nominees Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran (Lion), costumed by Academy Award winner Michael O’Connor (The Duchess) and lensed by Stéphane Fontaine (Elle, Jackie).

Written and directed by Francis Lee, Ammonite is produced by Iain Canning, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Emile Sherman with See-Saw Films, BBC Films and the British Film Institute. It also stars Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones and God’s Own Country’s Alec Secareanu.

Neon will release Ammonite November 13 in theaters. Here is the trailer and poster.

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