Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship
Following its well received world premiere at Sundance 2016, Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman’s latest comedy of manners, gets its first trailer.
Stillman reunites his Last Days of Disco co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny for this adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. Beckinsale plays the titular Lady Susan Vernon, “the most accomplished flirt in all England,” who visits the estate of her in-laws where she schemes to marry off her daughter and perhaps find her own husband. Sevigny plays her visiting American friend. Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Tom Bennett, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Justin Edwards and Emma Greenwell round out the cast.
As Filmmaker‘s Vadim Rizov notes in his Sundance dispatch, “Whit Stillman adapting Jane Austen makes intuitive sense” and the trailer highlights the film’s arch humor.
Roadside Attractions will release the comedy theatrically on May 13 before it hits Amazon’s streaming platform. In the meantime, Love & Friendship will open the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 21.