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The Son (2022)

Opens on January 20

Director: Florian Zeller Run Time: 123 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath

Country: United States, France, United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

Golden Lion nominee, 2022 Venice International Film Festival.

Peter’s hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth is upended when his ex-wife Kate appears with their son Nicholas, who is now a teenager. The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant, and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, a new baby, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.

About the filmmaker:

Florian Zeller is a French novelist, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, and film director. He wrote and directed his feature debut, The Father (2020), based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, part of his acclaimed family drama trilogy that includes “The Mother” and “The Son”. The film received numerous accolades, including six nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, with Zeller co-winning Best Adapted Screenplay with regular collaborator Christopher Hampton.

Zeller first rose to prominence as a budding novelist in the early 2000s before pivoting to theater. He published his first novel, Artificial Snow, in 2002 at age 22, and won the prestigious Interallié Prize in 2004 for his novel The Fascination of Evil. He has written more than 10 plays which have been staged in more than 45 countries.

The Son (2022) competed for the Golden Lion at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, and acts as a prequel to The Father.

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