The traditional window for awards season movies has been thrown into disarray thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. It's even caused the Oscars to move back from February to April 2021. However, an elegant and stylish new trailer for director Francis Lee's Ammonite may well tease a frontrunner in the 2020 awards race.
Two acclaimed actors, Titanic's Kate Winslet and Little Women's Saoirse Ronan, put a raw yet recognisably human face on the latest drama from the God's Own Country filmmaker. That movie dealt with a same-sex romance between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian immigrant worker. Similar concerns occupy Lee again in his follow-up film, only this time, it's a 19th-century relationship between two women on the wave-lashed southern coast of England.
Winslet plays embittered fossil hunter Mary Anning, who has her works displayed in the British Museum but who is isolated as a person. She is then approached by a man seeking convalescent care for his wife, Charlotte Murchison (Ronan). Initially suspicious of one another, the two women soon develop a passionate relationship, but when they come from two very different worlds, how long can it last?
The movie is based on the real-life friendship between Anning and Murchison, so its themes of romance and regret are set to resonate all the more powerfully. There's also an appearance from God's Own Country's Alec Secareanu, while the atmospheric backdrop of Lyme Regis in Dorset underscores the tempestuous central relationship.
God's Own Country was hailed as a sensitive and progressive portrayal of gay romance, with Lee scoring awards at the Sundance Film Festival and eventual BAFTA nominations. Can Ammonite dig deep and repeat the same trick? It's set to play at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, usually a hotbed of awards-friendly movies and perhaps a clear indication of the film's trajectory. Check out the trailer below.
Ammonite is set to close the 2020 London Film Festival, ahead of its UK release in 2021. Tweet us @Cineworld if you think it will make a memorably emotional drama.