Director: Sally Potter
Country: United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands

1992 | 93 min. | English
Subtitles: German

Cast_ Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville, Lothaire Bluteau Screenplay_ Sally Potter Camera_ Aleksey Rodionov Producer_ Christopher Sheppard Rights_ Adventure Pictures

Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando” is a uniquely enigmatic work. Starring Tilda Swinton in the role of the androgynous poet.

The aristocrat Orlando lives in the court of Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Instead of indulging in ordinary court life, however, he seeks happiness as a writer and in a passionate affair with a Russian countess. In order to escape an increasingly persistent admirer, he leaves for Constantinople. There, one morning, he wakes up as a woman. Decades pass and Orlando is suddenly in 20th century England. ›Orlando‹ is a boundary-breaking work that transcends the confines of fixed gender roles and human identities. A masterpiece, not least because of the brilliant costume design by Sandy Powell.


Sally Potter (b. 1949) trained as a dancer and choreographer. As a filmmaker, she has directed nine feature films to date. ›Orlando‹, adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel, was her international breakthrough. Her other films include ›The Tango Lessons‹ (1997), ›Yes‹ (2004) and ›The Party‹ (2017).


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