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Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton Seduce With Words in Vita & Virginia

Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton Seduce With Words in Vita & Virginia

Vita and Virginia

In an exclusive clip from the film about the affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, the women plan to steal away together. 

The new film Vita and Virginia, about the years-long love affair between writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, is currently out in New York City and will drop in Los Angeles and VOD Friday.

Elizabeth Debicki (Widows, The Night Manager) stars as the great modernist, feminist writer Virginia, and Gemma Arterton (who executive-produced the film) as poet and novelist Vita.

Replete with feminist treatises, alternately furtive and long-held looks, lingering touches, and the click-clack of the typewriter, Vita and Virginia, from director Chanya Button, is catnip for literary-minded queer women.

Based on the love letters Vita and Virginia penned to one another for years, the story also focuses on how Vita became the muse for Virginia's epic novel Orlando, about a truly gender-fluid aristocrat.

In the exclusive clip below, Vita approaches Virginia after having read the novel.

"I have fallen in love with your vision of me," Vita says.

"I have lived in you for so long that now I see you, I wonder, do you exist, or have I made you up," Virginia queries.

"I feel terribly real right now," Vita says.

"I won't be loved in only a fictitious world," she continues, before asking Virginia to steal away with her for a bit.

The film costars Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, and Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell (who was executive producer and head writer for the current season of Killing Eve).

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