Swiftly emerging from the pack as a true breakout discovery of the Toronto International Film Festival, the stunning feature debut from theater director William Oldroyd (whose short film Best played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival) firmly declares the presence of a singular filmmaking voice.

Strictly confined to her absentee husband's gothic estate in 1865 England's countryside, young Lady Katherine has been trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. Imprisoned by the harsh tongue and severe scrutiny of her father-in-law, a steely fire of determination burns within her. When a brutish new servant ensnares her interest, their lascivious affair tears down the status quo, awakening a murderous desire to break free of her chains and inflict vengeance, no matter the price.

Swirling around the absolutely mesmerizing performance of the steely-eyed Florence Pugh in the title role, this fiery adaptation by Oldroyd and screenwriter Alice Birch (based on Nikolai Leskov's novel) invokes a masterful command of tonal control and breathtaking beauty, whose every frame feels utterly alive.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Spotlight

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 89 min

COMPANY Roadside Attractions

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Artist Bio

William Oldroyd

William studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After becoming a resident director at the Young Vic Theatre, he went on to international success as a theatre and opera director. William’s first short film, Christ's Dog, was nominated for best short film at the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival. His second short, Best, won the Sundance London Short Film Competition and subsequently played the Sundance Film Festival. Lady Macbeth is his first feature.