23 May 2017

Irish film 'Sacred Deer' is big hit in Cannes

Revenge movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer has been a big hit with the critics at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the Irish production from Element Pictures has already been tipped as a Palme d’Or contender.

Starring Colin Farrell, young Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan and Nicole Kidman, the horror tale was written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Oscar nominated film The Lobster also featured Farrell.
Teenager Martin (Keoghan) forms an unusual relationship with a brilliant cardiac surgeon Stephen (Farrell) who eventually invites Martin to his perfect home to meet his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two children. It turns out that Martin is the son of a man who died on Stephen’s operating table.
The Cannes press conference (second video below) features director Lanthimos, his co-writer Efthymis Filippou, producers Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe from Element Pictures, and cast members Kidman, Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic.

  • Postscript, 28 May 2017: In an unexpected move, the jury at Cannes handed out two Best Screenplay awards, of which one went to the Irish film. Full list of winners here.