Yorgos Lanthimos released The Lobster last year and kick started one of 2016’s most talk-about art house films. The Greek director is known for his incredibly strange, sometimes hilarious, but always psychologically disturbing movies. In his latest film, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer all that semblance of whimsy one might have found in The Lobster is gone as Lanthimos has gone decidedly darker…much darker.
In the psychological revenge thriller, Farrell plays a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family, but when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice. It’s Sophie’s Choice as a suburban horror movie
Check out the trailer for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer below:
The film’s trailer lets on that this isn’t just your straight-forward drama about being tossed together amid tragedy. There will be characteristically funny, off-kilter and above all weirdly cathartic revelations. More so, get ready for an incredibly unsettling use of an Ellie Goulding song; like her music or not, it doesn’t matter because things are gonna burn.
Nicole Kidman co-stars as Farrell’s wife and Alicia Silverstone is on board as the young boy’s mother. The cast also includes Raffey Cassidy, Bill Camp, Barry Keoghan and Sunny Suljic. Lanthimos, along with his frequent collaborator Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the screenplay. Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, among the producers for The Lobster and the Oscar-winning Room, are producing the film.
Check out the poster for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer which, from a design standpoint, is worth talking about just as much as the film, and finds itself in the same great company as The Lobster‘s lauded about poster design.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer premiered in competition earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. Lanthimos’ latest is set for theatrical release on October 27 from the great A24.