Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter to be released by the BFI in UK and Irish cinemas on 27 October

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Eternal Daughter stars Tilda Swinton in the dual roles of an artist and her elderly mother confronting long-buried secrets.

27 June 2023

The Eternal Daughter (2022)

Joanna Hogg’s highly anticipated latest film The Eternal Daughter will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 27 October 2023 by BFI Distribution. Tilda Swinton, Hogg’s long-time collaborator, stars in dual leading roles. The film will also feature as the centrepiece of a Joanna Hogg retrospective season at BFI Southbank running from 16 October to 30 November. It will be released on BFI Blu-ray and BFI Player on 22 January 2024.

In The Eternal Daughter, an artist and her elderly mother confront long-buried secrets when they return to a former family home, now a hotel haunted by its mysterious past. Featuring a towering, deeply moving performance by Tilda Swinton, acclaimed filmmaker Joanna Hogg’s beguiling latest film is a brilliant and captivating exploration of parental relationships and the things we leave behind. The supporting cast includes Carly-Sophia Davies (Spring Awakening, Midsomer Murders) and Joseph Mydell (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Son).

The Eternal Daughter is a continuation of the collaboration between director Joanna Hogg, Tilda Swinton and executive producer Martin Scorsese (both of whom are BFI Fellows), following their critically acclaimed work on The Souvenir and The Souvenir Part II, which each won the prestigious Sight and Sound Film of the Year poll in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Hogg’s singular direction and Swinton’s exceptional talent combine to create a powerfully affecting cinematic experience, delving into the complexities of familial bonds and the weight of unresolved history, weaving together a tale of emotional depth and introspection. 

The Eternal Daughter has already garnered critical acclaim following its Venice world premiere, and UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, with Screen stating “the more overtly personal Hogg is as a writer/director, the more resonant her work becomes”. BFI Distribution is proud to bring this evocative film to UK and Irish audiences.

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