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"Best of Cannes" (Best Screenplay) THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER by Yorgos Lanthimos

  • 15 Dec 2017
  • 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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FRI, DEC 15, 6:45p:


(Best Screenplay)


Directed by YORGOS LANTHIMOS/2017/2hr, 1min.

With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, and Alicia Silverstone

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss. Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

WINNER: Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay

Best Film: Catalonian Film Festival

“THE DIRECTOR KNOWS HOW TO WEAVE A SPELL…With his impeccably symmetrical frames, his precise camera moves, his careful blocking of actors, his sudden crashes of classical music, Lanthimos crafts a cinematic world that can support his otherworldly scenario, while also creating genuine suspense.”-Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

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