Janet has just been appointed to a high-ranking political post and organizes a party for her closest friends: elegant, well-educated, top-shelf people, including the no-nonsense and critical April, along with her German partner, an expert on Eastern philosophy; a lesbian couple-a professor named Martha and Jinny, who is infatuated with her; as well as an Irish businessman who is a cocaine addict and his wife, Marianne, who is late and keeps everyone waiting. At the center of all this is Bill, Janet's husband, a university professor. Bill has a secret, the revelation of which completely upsets the balance of power among the protagonists. In making this somewhat theatrical comedy, Sally Potter wanted her film to be treated as a political metaphor. Shot during the heated period of the Brexit referendum, The Party is a powerful and direct commentary on the situation in the Great Britain. The film's star-studded cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spalla, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, and Cillian Murphy.
Born in 1949, Sally Potter is a British film director, dancer, and choreographer. In the late 1960s, she was associated with the London Film-Makers' Co-op experimental collective. She started making films in the late 1970s, but her biggest success was the 1992 film Orlando starring Tilda Swinton, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel. Her subsequent films have frequently used dance and music. Her 2009 film Rage was the first full-length feature to debut on mobile phones.
1969 Jerk (short)
1983 The Gold Diggers
1986 The London Story (short)
1988 I Am an Ox, I Am a Horse, I Am a Man, I Am a Woman (documentary)
1997 Lekcja tanga / The Tango Lesson
2000 Człowiek, który płakał / The Man Who Cried
2009 Krzyk mody / Rage
2012 Ginger i Rosa
2017 The Party