Colin Farrell Talks Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Film ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’
Art and Experience: Acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos doesn’t make it easy on audiences. His breakout film “Dogtooth” was a quietly disturbing dark comedy, he followed that up with the challenging “Alps,” and then this year’s “The Lobster” destructed the notion of the romantic ideal. For his next movie, “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,” he’s reunited with “The Lobster” star Colin Farrell, with Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone among the cast as well, and once again it sounds like he’s got something quite special and quite demanding up his sleeve.
Speaking with Business Insider, Farrell revealed a little taste of what to expect from the movie where he plays a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
“I can say it’s — ugh, God — it’s eerier than ‘The Lobster,’ ” Farrell teased. “…it felt pretty bleak to me. I mean, when I read the script it was extraordinary and to work with Yorgos again was amazing.”
“There are so many interpretations that this film could be approached from. But Yorgos is so specifically minded, he’s so clinical in his direction of the film. He’s really a master I feel, I really do. And I wouldn’t throw that word around often,” Farrell added. “I’ll wait to see what the film is, but it’s set in a contemporary world, in America, there are hospitals and diners, parks, things that we will recognize and experienced ourselves but yet there’s this similar kind of uneasiness through all the interactions and all the things that take place. It was unnerving reading the script. I kind of felt nauseous after reading it.”
There are few filmmakers where feeling nauseous would be an endorsement, but Lanthimos is one of them. “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” is now in post-production, A24 have already lined up the domestic rights, and you can probably bet good money on a Cannes Film Festival premiere next spring.