Cannes: Tudor Costume Drama “Firebrand” Does Big Business

Cannes: Tudor Costume Drama “Firebrand” Does Big Business
Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s English language debut and British historical epic, Firebrand, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival starring Alicia Vikander as Catherine Parr and a nearly unrecognizable Jude Law playing King Henry VIII. The film is adapted from the 2013 novel Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. Ahead of its premiere, the historical drama already made headlines that it sold out internationally; eager distributors snapped up the rights to this film. Variety reported that the film sold streaming rights to Amazon’s Prime Video in the UK, and it sold to Sony Pictures for most other international markets. Any film that premieres at Cannes is hoping for – if it doesn’t already have one – a lucrative distribution deal like the kind Firebrand already secured ahead of its premiere. And it’s easy to see why it’s been such a buzzy title at the festival. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Festival de Cannes (@festivaldecannes) Firstly, it’s gorgeously made. The audience is transported in time, back to a blood-soaked Tudor England with lavish costumes. This film was shot at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, England, a former medieval manor with origins that date back to the 11th century. The authenticity of the set and the costumes make for a time-travel-like experience when watching the film.

Lead photo credit : Still from "Firebrand." courtesy of Festival de Cannes

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