IFC Films and director Claire McCarthy turn one of classic literature’s seminal dramas on its head with new Hamlet adaptation Ophelia.
Set in medieval Denmark, and spoken in a modern tongue with a poetic twist, the film remixes Hamlet—allowing its unspoken, complex heroine to share her own story. Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts) adopts rebellious, motherless Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet (George MacKay). A passionate romance kindles between the two in secret, but the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet’s father dies under questionable circumstances, the prince’s wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance.
Earning director McCarthy the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s ‘Directors to Watch’ award, and an absolute must for Shakespeare fans, Ophelia will only be screening at The Frida for three days! Don’t miss it!
“[The film] is filled with clever wordplay matched by an equally clever perspective flip of one of the central texts of Western literature.” — Nell Minow, rogerebert.com
“Accompanied by Chellas’ beautifully written script, Ophelia takes the well-tread work of Shakespeare and recontextualizes it both for a modern audience but one that’s more progressive towards women in general.” — Kristen Lopez, Citizen Dame
“Suddenly, Ophelia has her own voice. Hamlet doesn’t dictate her story. Furthermore, [Daisy] Ridley absolutely shines in this role, seeming to relish giving a voice to one of Shakespeare’s most trod on characters.” — Kimberly Pierce, Geek Girl Authority