Princess Ceridwen is betrothed to a man she doesn’t know. Her father arranged the match, though he refuses to tell her where he met the groom and, in fact, seems almost vague when pressed. Ceri is not thrilled with this development, but her old nurse Yetta is downright frightened. She insists that the groom is not a man at all but one of the Fair Folk, intent on marrying Ceri and holding her prisoner in his castle beneath the hills.
To escape her fate, Ceri must undertake a journey to her bridegroom’s home country, full of tricky sprites, dangerous spirits, and animals with strangely human eyes. The way is fraught with peril, the greatest of which lies in the castle itself, for the bridegroom is a lord of the Fae, fair to look upon and silver-tongued. It will take all of Ceri’s guile and strength to escape, but the longer she stays, the more she begins to question if escape is truly what she wishes…
Starring Emma Stone as Ceridwen; Helen Mirren as Yetta; Paul Bettany as the Faery Lord; Brendan Gleeson as the King
[on childbearing] It was not my destiny. I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought. Women never gave me a hard time, anyway, it was only boring old men. And whenever they went ‘What? No children? Well, you’d better get on with it, old girl,’ I’d say “No! Fuck off!” ―Helen Mirren, Vogue UK March 2013