Cannes Compétition Prospectus – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos

Ireland, United Kingdom, United States

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CRITICAL RESPONSE

“As in all his best work, Lanthimos is brilliant at summoning up a whole created world and immersing us in it. But its weirdness has a double meaning: it has a stylised element of absurdism and it is also a plausible expression of denial.” – Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)

“Lanthimos is one of those filmmakers whose style is so distinctive that even if you watch a few random minutes of one of his films (blindfolded or eyes open) without knowing its maker, you could eventually detect his footprint. A steady rhythm, a contempt for anything ordinary or natural-feeling, hauntingly robotic dialogue delivery… all his filmmaking go-tos are dialed up to maximum effect in his latest.” – Tomris Laffly (Film Journal)

“Fortunately, the filmmaker’s rare gift for brutal absurdity remains intact, and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” only gets funnier as it grows darker. As with every Lanthimos cast, all of the actors here are totally keyed in to the proper tone.” – David Ehrlich (IndieWire)

PRIZE POTENTIAL

Lanthimos is a Cannes regular now, and winner: Un Certain Regard victor with Dogtooth, and Jury Prize for The Lobster (the awful Chronic somehow won the Screenplay prize – talk about absurd). Coming from a Greek household my bias may hold some ground here, but there is a feeling the streak will continue as Lanthimos reawakens modern cinema with his unique, magnetic vision and story-telling. I’d be both shocked and upset if this does not show up in one of the main three prizes. Or the Screenplay of course.

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