Golden Globe Nomination: Best Actress (Olivia Colman)
“Empire of Light is director Sam Mendes’s most delicate tale, a wistful story about two people seized by circumstance who help one another find their way through life. It’s an achingly lovely film—the best Mendes has yet made”—Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair. And that’s really saying something since Mendes’ past triumphs include the Oscar Best Picture-winning AMERICAN BEAUTY and the Oscar Best Film nominated 1917. Olivia Colman stars as Hilary, a lonely movie palace worker in seaside ‘80s England. Both Hilary and the theater have seen better days, perhaps. But then the cinema gets some new life’s blood when it hires Stephen, a crackerjack young Black man, perhaps spinning his wheels a bit before moving on to something better. In a racist and sexist culture, neither person has a clear path, but EMPIRE OF LIGHT makes us care for them deeply, as they come to do with each other. “Its message of love, tolerance and finding family wherever you can should make an impact…wherever it plays”—Fionnuala Hannigan, Screen Daily.
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