From ground-breaking director Emerald Fennell comes a delicious new take on revenge. 

Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman … until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.  But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.

Promising Young Woman premiered at Sundance and Fennell was praised by audiences and critics for tackling difficult conversations about toxic masculinity, and consent, or as Ariel Fisher writes, “Promising Young Woman stares rape culture in the face and dares it to blink first.”

Mulligan’s performance is riveting, and the stellar cast also includes Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Laverne Cox. It’s an audacious genre-bending film that is a cocktail of comedy, horror, social commentary and exceptional entertainment. But be warned that the subject matter of this film deals with issues of sexual assault that may be disturbing and difficult for some viewers.

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Following the screening, join Focus Features and Bechdel Tested for a panel discussion with gender justice educator Farrah Khan and survivor sociologist Mandi Gray, moderated by Bechdel Tested creator Erica Shiner. The 30-minute discussion will dive into the film’s prominent themes of revenge, justice, closure, and sisterhood. 
Trigger warning: this film portrays scenes of sexual assault and violence against women that may be re-traumatizing for some viewers, especially for survivors of assault.

Carey Mulligan stars as “Cassandra” in director Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a Focus Features release.
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The virtual screening event will take place on January 14 at 7PM EST. Contest winners will be notified on Monday, January 11 by 3pm EST.