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DIRECTOR: Wash Westmoreland

WITH: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw

A radiant Keira Knightley gives a career-best performance in this exhilarating, entertaining and timely film about the life of groundbreaking French novelist Colette, best known for Gigi. In Belle Époque France, Colette’s marriage to Henry ‘Willy’ GauthierVillars (Dominic West) thrusts her from a simple country life in Burgundy to the raucous, creative demi-monde of Paris. Swiftly developing her literary talents, Colette’s first novels are nonetheless published under her Svengali-like husband’s name. Theirs is a complex marriage, depicted with intelligence and subtlety, as are Colette’s passionate relationships with women.

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.