A new movie, Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Irish star Saoirse Ronan should be premiering in Cannes but due to COVID, it's all been delayed.

Saoirse Ronan – she’s been based in Scotland during the pandemic – should have been living it up at the Cannes Film Festival last month, debuting her new film Ammonite which co-stars Kate Winslet.

Saoirse, a four-time Oscar nominee, doesn’t star in stinkers, so Ammonite would have surely been well received by the critics.  She and Winslet star as a lesbian couple in the 1840s; the film is inspired by Mary Anning, a famed English paleontologist.

Director Francis Lee managed to complete the film just before the world went into COVID-19 lockdown. He’s proud of the end result, he told Entertainment Weekly during a recent interview.

"It’s not a biopic," he said.  "It’s just inspired by her life.  I was incredibly lucky to work with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, and they play two women who develop an intense and intimate relationship.

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"I was very drawn to that period because of this wonderful research into same-sex female relationships of the period that is all very well documented with letters to each other, demonstrating wonderful, life-long, passionate, intense, emotional relationships," he added.

"And I was fascinated to set this film in a period that was totally patriarchal and where women were completely owned by their fathers or their husbands, and looking at how they live within that world, and also in a world where, at that time, the medical profession believed that women had no sexual-pleasure organs. So, the idea of two women actually in a relationship together was just not a thought anybody ever had within society."

Given the uncertainty over the coronavirus and if it will rear its ugly head in a second wave, a release date for Ammonite is uncertain.  Maybe it will drop at one of the many fall film festivals, but who knows at this point if they’ll even go ahead.

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Here's some footage of the filming of Ammonite:

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