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2,144 Ratings


Directed by Sally Potter
United Kingdom, Russia, 1992
Drama, Fantasy, Romance


This adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel is the tale of the young aristocrat Orlando, who begins an epic quest for love and freedom in the court of Elizabeth I as a man, and completes the search 400 years later as a woman, shaking off their biological and cultural destiny along the way.

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Orlando Directed by Sally Potter

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1992 | 2 wins including: Elvira Notari Prize

Academy Awards

1994 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Independent Spirit Awards

1994 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Swinton’s androgynous affect has rarely been better exploited: It’s a kick to see her transition among Orlando’s numerous identities, whether wooing a Russian princess or submitting to the charms of the horseback-riding Shelmerdine (Zane, coming on like a locks-flowing Fabio of the moors).
July 19, 2010
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Rarely have source material, director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in Orlando, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel, directed by Sally Potter and starring Tilda Swinton.
July 19, 2010
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A beautifully shot, imaginatively constructed, occasionally absurd, but more often tartly funny reverie on the limits of human existence and the possibility of transcendence.
July 13, 2010
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