The Origin of Evil

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Presented by IFC Films | United Kingdom | Jun 28th, 2019 | 107 MINS | PG13

One of the world’s greatest dramas is turned on its head through a bold and new perspective in OPHELIA. Set in medieval Denmark and spoken in a modern tongue with a poetic twist, it recalibrates the classic Shakespearean tragedy of “Hamlet” so that its unspoken, complex heroine may share her own story. As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gerturde (Naomi Watts) as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet (George MacKay). A passionate romance kindles between the two in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet’s father is murdered and the prince’s wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.


  • Claire McCarthy


  • Daniel Bobker
  • Sarah Curtis
  • Ehren Kruger
  • Paul Hanson

Executive Producers

  • Sasha Shapiro
  • Anton Lessine
  • Elissa Friedman
  • Bert Marcus
  • Matthew Hart
  • Alastair Burlingham


  • Semi Chellas