The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos’ harrowing award-winning Hitchcockian psychological thriller unfolds like a cryptic dollhouse of mirrors.
Steven, an eminent cardiologist, finds his fate entwined with Martin, a fatherless 16 year-old. As secrets are revealed, Steven finds himself caught in an eerie web that threatens his wife and two children. But they cannot run from the looming consequence of Steven’s actions and the terror that is to follow.
In a modern Greek retelling of the Iphigenia myth, acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos serves up signature riddling dialogue that obscures the true nature of the film with a subversive tension, which pulls further and further apart with each revelation. Lenser Thimios Bakatakis’ cold construction of each frame, paired with a distressing Kubrickian score, portends the weight of the catastrophic things to come. With powerful performances from Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and newcomer Barry Keoghan, it is a Greek-gothic horror where myths turn into nightmares.
Cast & Credits
Athens-born Yorgos Lanthimos has been famously described as “the laughing mortician of contemporary Greek culture.” Labeled a key director of the Greek Weird Wave, his works include Dogtooth (2009), Alps (2011) and The Lobster (2015). The Killing of a Sacred Deer was co-awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan
• Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, European Film Awards 2017
• In-competition, Sitges Film Festival 2017