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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Panorama | Special Presentations

From the twisted mind of the man who gave us The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, this is another wildly original, blackly comic, sinister and disturbing parable about what it means to be human. Colin Farrell plays Andrew, a brilliant heart surgeon whose happy home is threatened by a teenage interloper, the son of a patient who died under the knife. Martin (Barry Keoghan) tells him that to make reparations, Andrew must sacrifice one of his own family, son, daughter, or wife (Nicole Kidman), or lose them all. Suffice it to say, the creepy Martin leaves the surgeon in no doubt that he can deliver on his macabre threats. So: who to choose?

If the scenario smacks of a 90s revenge thriller, Lanthimos keeps us off balance by mixing suspense with surrealism and absurdity, delivering a ruthlessly controlled but utterly unhinged shocker that is funniest when it’s scariest, and vice versa.

"The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humor of Yorgos Lanthimos’ work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature."—David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Best Screenplay, Cannes 17

Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 121 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone
Executive Producer: Andrew Lowe, Daniel Battsek, Sam Lavender, David Kosse, Nicki Hattingh, Amit Pandya, Anne Sheehan, Peter Watson, Marie-Gabrielle Stewart
Producer: Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenwriter: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Cinematographer: Thimios Bakatakis
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Production Design: Jade Healy
Production Company: Element Pictures
Print Source: Elevation Pictures


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