Sally Potter adapts the classic novel by Virginia Woolf with Tilda Swinton in the role of a young nobleman who lives for centuries and changes gender one night.

Time & Tickets

Thirty years after its premiere, Potter’s bold re-working of Virginia Woolf’s novel endures as a remarkable love story and an incisive tour through English history, while directly and deftly addressing modern concerns of gender and identity. Shortly before the death of Elizabeth I, an innocent aristocrat, Orlando – Tilda Swinton, in a profoundly subtle performance – is promised a generous fortune by the Queen provided that he ‘not grow old.’ He then goes on to live for centuries, first as a man, and then as a woman. (source: Lincoln Center)

Sally Potter, UK, France, Russia, Italy, Netherlands, 1992, 94 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Sommerville, John Bott..