The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Run Time: 121 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2017
Starring: Barry Keoghan, Bill Camp, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Raffey Cassidy
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
Language: English, French
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About the film:
Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways.
“Performances are solid all round, but the standout is Irish actor Keoghan. Shy and lonely one moment, utterly blood-chilling the next, he’s a mesmerizing presence on this screen of menace.”
—Peter Howell for the Toronto Star
About the filmmaker:
Born in Athens, Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos briefly studied business and played professional basketball before he turned to study film in his hometown. Although there were very few Greek films being made, Lanthimos managed to find work behind the camera as a commercial director. Kinetta (2005) was his first solo directing effort, and his unique style and framing earned the film entry into international festivals in Berlin and Toronto. His film Dogtooth (2009), a drama about a family that has withdrawn from the outside world, earned the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Lanthimos’ next film Alps (2011) wasn’t met with the same regard, but his first English language film, The Lobster (2015), cemented his reputation as a wholly unique auteur. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Lanthimos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His follow up to that film was the thoughtful psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), starring Nicole Kidman. His latest, The Favourite (2018), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.See our upcoming films