GALAS

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - CLOSING NIGHT

  • Description
  • Bios
  • Trailer
  • CLOSING NIGHT

    World Premiere

    Directed by Josie Rourke, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within the court imperil both thrones — and change the course of history.

  • Josie Rourke is a British theater and film director. She has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London since 2012. She directed her first narrative feature, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, in 2011. MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is her second feature.

©2019 American Film Institute. All rights reserved.