Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) latest film, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ has received rave reviews after premiering at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Lanthimos, who co-wrote the screenplay with regular collaborator Efthymis Filippou, the film stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, and follows a charismatic surgeon (played by Farrell), who is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Reviewers have been effuse in their praise for the film, with many calling it the one to beat for the prestigious Palme d’Or.
Gregory Ellwood from Collider hailed the film as a “riveting and disturbing drama that may leave you reeling,” adding that “Lanthimos doesn’t just want you to be repulsed, but emotionally devastated. The film is a gorgeously rendered gut punch that ends up being no laughing matter.”
Donald Clarke of the Irish Times award the film five stars out of five, saying that Yorgos latest was a “full-strength, unfiltered version of his merciless aesthetic.”
John Bleasdale (Cinevue) made favourable comparisons to past Palme D’Or winner David Lynch, stating that if Lynch “is actually bowing out of cinema then the heir for the surrealist visionary might well turn out to be Yorgos.”
Ardmore Sound were part of the Sound post team on ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ and will work as part of the same team on Yorgos Lanthimos’s next movie, period drama ‘The Favourite’, which stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and is currently shooting in the UK.
The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival will run until the 28th May. Further details on the festival can be found on the official website here.