Sally Potter portrays the crisis of the left in ‘The Party’

British director Sally Potter, in 62 Seminci with ‘The Party’

The British writer and director presents her latest work in the Official Competition Section 

10/22/2017. – “There are no loopholes here, there are no big car chases, no special effects: it’s the naked word.” British writer and filmmaker Sally Potter screened her eighth film, The Party, in the Official Section of the Valladolid International Film Week, where the dialogue of the characters, the power of words, is one of the fundamental components of her work.

Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall play a group of friends who meet in one of their houses to celebrate the new political position one of them will serve in the opposition’s party. They all seem isolated. “They try to connect with the others, but fail in a way. The core issue of the story is to tell or not to tell the truth, everyone has a secret which is why they live in solitude.”

“It seems interesting to me to explore the difference between what we believe we are and what we do, the test of truth,” explained the director in the press conference after the film’s screening. Her characters have lived a time of “idealism and protest” and they face the “disenchantment” of the present. The Party is a “message of sadness for an entire generation” which “reflects the crisis of the left.”

The director of Orlando and Ginger & Rosa (for which Elle Fanning won the Best Actress Award at the 57th Seminci) is also the scriptwriter for The Party. She worked with the actors individually before working with them as a group, to then begin a “fast process” of two days of rehearsal and two weeks of shooting. The feature film has already been released in the United Kingdom and Germany, “where the audience laughed a lot,” said the director, for whom the reaction of the viewers in her country was important, but believes that cinema must have an “international message.”

The writer and filmmaker also referred to the circular structure of her film, which starts with the final scene of “a despondent woman” who moments later appears “calm and relaxed, preparing for a party.” The intention, she explained, is that people will consider what happens in the film to arrive at the moment that is shown at the beginning.

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