Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell, UK, USA 2020, 113’
Nomadland Sound of Metal

A brilliant mix of thriller, dark comedy and revenge cinema that could serve as a showcase of the #metoo movement. The story of Cassie (the mesmerizing Carey Mulligan), a thirty-year-old single woman, reminiscent at first glance of Frances Ha's lost friend, from the film by Noah Baumbach, shows an overtly nice and shy girl who, at nightfall, turns into a warrior who challenges hordes of misogynists, sexists and potential rapists. Where will Cassie's trauma-inspired crusade lead her? Does the lonely avenger have any chance of confronting the beneficiaries of the patriarchal order? Emerald Fennell multiplies the questions, offers false leads and juggles twists and turns with a dexterity that makes it impossible to believe we’re watching a directorial debut. Moreover, the director reveals an impressive sensitivity to detail. After watching Promising Young Woman, the disturbing, instrumental cover of Toxic will be seared into viewers' minds at least as deep as the original.

Piotr Czerkawski


Oscars 2021 – Best Original Screenplay; BAFTA 2021 – Best Original Screenplay, Outstanding British Film of the Year; Film Independent Spirit Awards 2021 – Best Screenplay, Female Lead; Writers Guild of America, USA – Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell is an actress, director and writer born in London in 1986. During her studies at the University of Oxford, she performed in the student theater, where she caught the eye of United Agents. As an actress, she has appeared in the films Anna Karenina, The Danish Girl, and in The Crown. In other fields, she gained acclaim primarily as a showrunner for the well-known series Killing Eve. Promising Young Woman is her full-length directorial debut.


2018 Careful How You Go (short)

2020 Obiecująca. Młoda. Kobieta / Promising Young Woman

Cast & Crew

director Emerald Fennell
screenplay Emerald Fennell
cinematography Benjamin Kracun
editing Frédéric Thoraval
music Anthony Willis
cast Carey Mulligan, Adam Brody, Ray Nicholson, Sam Richardson, Timothy E. Goodwin
producer om Ackerley, Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara, Carey Mulligan, Margot Robbie
production FilmNation Entertainment, Focus Features, LuckyChap Entertainment
Polish distributor UIP
language English
coloration colour
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