Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) – along with all-star duo Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman – are premiering the new mystery The Killing of a Sacred Deer (a competition entry) to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. And the first impression is…well, maybe not so great. While reviews for the film have yet to be published, a slew of festival-goers offered first takes of following the film’s premiere at critics on Croisette.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer – which also stars Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland) and Alicia Silverstone (King Cobra) – centers on “Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.” Here’s some early takes on the film (hint: they’re all over the map).
One day Get Out and The Killing Of a Sacred Deer will make pretty much the best double-feature ever #cannes
— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) May 22, 2017
Lanthimos’s THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, a tedious exercise in chic morbidity. #Cannes2017
— Nick James (@filmnickjames) May 22, 2017
Yorgos Lanthimos’s THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER: Greek tragedy in the style of Kubrick. Pristine, chilling but god it’s a slog. #Cannes2017
— Dave Calhoun (@davecalhoun) May 22, 2017
Predictable booing after KILLING OF A SACRED DEER from critics who somehow resent being challenged or chafed at Cannes. It’s magnificent.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) May 22, 2017
It’s notable that Lanthimos last premiered his strange-dystopian romance The Lobster to an admiring Cannes audience two years ago. That film – which also starred Farrell – earned glowing reviews, picked up the Jury Prize from the Cannes jury that year and went to become a notable arthouse success when released in the states last summer. Lanthimos and writing partner Efthymis Filippou also earned an Oscar nomination for their offbeat original screenplay. Check out the first clip of the film below.
A24 Films is expected to release The Killing of a Sacred Deer sometime later this year. Farrell and Kidman will both stick around at the Cannes Film Festival as both also star in the competition entry The Beguiled, the latest film from Sophia Coppola.