Because this podcast focus’s on American made films and the AFI list, how is it that The Favourite is considered an American made film and is thus eligible to be discussed on this show?
I only ask because at the top of this episode it is noted that Roma won’t be discussed because it is considered a foreign film and is thus ineligible for the AFI list. Feels like an easy argument to make: Alfonso Cuarón is from Mexico City, most if not all the cast and crew is from Mexico, the cast member speak in Spanish the entire film, and the film was shot in Mexico. The only American influence would be from Participant Media who helped produce the film but in what capacity I’m not sure, and Netflix but for distribution.
Then there’s The Favourite. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is from Greece, screenwriters Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara are from the UK and Australia, the cast with the exception of Emma Stone are all British and Irish, the producers are all British and Irish, and the film was shot in the UK. Fox Searchlight was the only American production involved but only came into the picture during the distribution phase.
So how is it The Favourite can be considered an American film thus eligible to be discussed on this show?