Colette — Official Trailer


added: Wed, Jul 11th '18

While stuck in a miserable marriage with an overbearing jerk, Keira Knightley wants to be recognized for her own writing talent in the trailer for the upcoming biographical drama "Colette."

The period film, which also stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire), tells the true story of turn-of-the-century French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley), who started her literary career as a ghostwriter for her overly difficult husband, only to have him take full credit for writing her best-selling semi-autobiographical "Claudine" books.

West portrays Colette's husband, "Willy," a struggling French novelist who frequently employed the use of ghostwriters. However, it wasn't until he urged his wife, Colette, to write him a novel that he finally got to achieve nationwide fame and fortune. Of course, Willy never publicly gave Colette the credit she deserved.

"Colette" is directed by filmmaker Wash Westmoreland, who previously shared co-directing and co-writing credits with his now-late husband Richard Glatzer on the acclaimed dramas "Still Alice," "The Last of Robin Hood," and "Quinceanera." This is Westmoreland's first solo feature effort since Glatzer's untimely death in 2015.

Based on an old screenplay penned by Westmoreland and Glatzer (it's a project they started developing back in 2001) and co-written by "Ida" scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz, "Colette" premiered to mostly positive reviews at Sundance this year. The film is now slated for a September 21 U.S. theatrical release.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.


directed by   Wash Westmoreland

starring   Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Pugh, Ray Panthaki, Shannon Tarbet

release date   September 21, 2018 (in select theaters, U.S.)

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