The Eternal Daughter - part of the Cheltenham International Film Festival
Cheltenham International Film Festival

The Eternal Daughter - part of the Cheltenham International Film Festival

This screening forms part of Cheltenham International Film Festival, which marks its 5th anniversary in 2023. The festival will screen new films from around the world, plus film classics and is adding television, and new live events to its programme, along with guest celebrities.

Tilda Swinton plays both a mother and her daughter in Joanna Hoggs enthralling new drama. 

Tilda Swinton turns in an extraordinary dual performance in this haunting semi autobiographical new film from acclaimed writer / director Joanna Hogg. Julie (Swinton) is a middle-aged film maker who takes her elderly mother (also Swinton) to a secluded Welsh hotel for her birthday. A former family home, the hotel is full of memories and Juile hopes it will shed light on aspects of her mother’s past that have so far eluded her and provide material for her next film. As secrets are revealed, it forces them both to confront some hidden truths.

The mist shrouded hotel, with unexplained bumps in the night and ghostly apparitions at the window may suggest a gothic horror, but the ghosts that haunt the pair reside firmly in their memories. Featuring the naturalistic dialogue and the wry humour that have become Hogg trademarks, the film also connects with her acclaimed Souvenir films, though you don’t need to have seen those to enjoy unravelling the mysteries of this enthralling drama.


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