Denver Film Festival: Spencer
- Nov 3Wednesday | 8:00PM 8:00 PM Buy Tickets
A thematic companion to his TIFF ’16 Platform selection Jackie, the latest from Chilean director Pablo Larraín is, like its predecessor, a haunting chamber drama about a world-famous woman reaching a tumultuous turning point. Starring Kristen Stewart, Spencer follows the Princess of Wales as she navigates a precarious Christmas holiday with the Royal Family at their Sandringham estate in Norfolk — a moment that will set Diana on a path to independence, however tragically short-lived.
The Prince’s infidelities with Camilla Parker Bowles have become public knowledge. The fairy-tale façade of Charles and Diana’s marriage has crumbled. Arriving at Sandringham tardy and alone, Diana is expected to adhere to a series of soul-draining exercises in empty propriety, routinely changing outfits and posing for photos. She savours whatever hours she can secure with her sons, William and Harry, but her sole confidant is her personal attendant (Sally Hawkins). As Diana begins to disobey decorum, her every indulgence is tracked by a former Black Watch officer (Timothy Spall) newly employed by the Queen to keep paparazzi at bay — and the Princess on a tight leash.
Written by Oscar nominee Steven Knight (Locke), Spencer elegantly balances history and conjecture, while Larraín’s uniquely atmospheric, intimate approach — buoyed by an exquisitely unnerving score from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood — slides seamlessly between internal strife and external strain. Stewart, meanwhile, is nothing less than a revelation, merging a meticulous evocation of a mercilessly scrutinized public figure with affecting hints of the vulnerable private woman gasping for breath beneath the mask of monarchy.
Followed by the Opening Night Party at The Festival Annex @ 10:00pm. You must purchase a "Film & Party" ticket to attend the Opening Night Party.
Masks are required in the building, unless actively eating or drinking at your seat.
Please do not enter festival venues if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
📛 PROOF OF VACCINATION
All Denver Film Festival patrons, guests, media, sponsors, staff, and volunteers entering DFF44 venues or event host sites from November 3-14 will be required to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after a person’s second dose in a two-dose series and two weeks after a single-dose series.
Children under the age of 12 must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of a screening or event start time.
🚩 VERIFICATION STATIONS
Verification Stations will be available at all venues and event host sites 90 minutes prior to a screening or event start time. You will need to bring one of the following and a photo ID to be verified:
📝 Physical vaccination card
🖺 Digital proof of vaccination card (photo or scan) that is clear and legible
Or, if under the age of 12: Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of screening or event
Once verified, attendees will receive a durable wristband that can be worn throughout DFF44. If the wristband is lost or damaged, please visit a Verification Station to show proof according to the guidelines above, and you will receive a new wristband.