The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star in this nightmarish tale of morality and responsibility.
Dir Yorgos Lanthimos
With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone
Certificate Cert 15
A Curzon Artificial Eye release
Yorgos Lanthimos is a creator of complex, ambitious cinema. Lanthimos immerses us into a world both familiar and strange. The way his characters speak, delivering crisp dialogue in almost robotic bursts, is disquieting yet it heightens our attention. That’s just as well, for here there is much to observe. In a story loosely based on the Greek myth of Iphigenia, Colin Farrell plays Steven Murphy, a surgeon who appears to have the perfect life: a successful career, a happy marriage and charming children. Enter Martin (played by rising star Barry Keoghan), a young man who feels he’s owed a debt by Murphy and demands the unthinkable. As Murphy grapples with the ultimate moral dilemma, the film, which received its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, descends deeper and deeper into a nightmare of Hitchcockian proportions.
Stuart Brown, Head of Programme and Acquisition
Audio Description available at all screenings. Hearing Impaired subtitled screenings: Sun 26 Nov 14:15 NFT3; Thu 30 Nov 18:10 NFT2.
The screening of The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Tuesday 21 November at 18:15 will be followed by a Critics’ Salon discussion in the Blue Room – free to ticket-holders of this performance (but please book your free salon ticket via the box office due to limited capacity), otherwise £6.50. Check back for full details of guests.
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