The only Irish representative in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More and director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, premiered for critics at the prestigious festival this morning to wide applause (and some boos). The vast majority of film critics on Twitter were quick to praise the film for its dark tone, black humour, and the performances of leads Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Barry Keoghan is an Irish actor from Summerhill in Dublin, best known for his roles in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer..
Donald Clarke – Irish Times
After the gateway drug of The Lobster, KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is full-strength, stark, ruthless, brilliant Lanthimos. #cannes2017
— Donald Clarke (@DonaldClarke63) May 22, 2017
Guy Lodge – Variety
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
Tim Robey – Telegraph
Thrillingly, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER turns out to be a Jonathan Glazer movie in Lanthimos sheepskin. And it's the best of both worlds.
— Tim Robey (@trim_obey) May 22, 2017
Joe Utichi – Deadline
— Joe Utichi (@joeutichi) May 22, 2017
Steven Zeitchik – LA Times
It's a slower burn than Lobster, but The Killing Of a Sacred Deer at heart a far darker & crazier tale of guilt, responsibility & privilege
— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) May 22, 2017
Douglas Greenwood – I_D
— DOUGLAS J GREENWOOD (@douglasgrnwd) May 22, 2017
Alicia Malone – Fandango
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) May 22, 2017
Antonio Maria Abate – Cineblog.it
"The Killing of a Sacred Deer" is the Under the Skin of this year. Disturbing and challenging, it's going to grow even more. #Cannes2017
— Antonio Maria Abate (@antomaaba) May 22, 2017
The film is a psychological thriller with supernatural elements that follows a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive.
The Lobster star Farrell plays the doctor, with Kidman as his wife. The film also features star-on-the-rise Keoghan (Mammal), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave), and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless).
Lanthimos directs and writes The Killing of a Sacred Deer, with his The Lobster co-writer Efthimis Fillipou. He is also working with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, and David Kosse of Film4, whom he collaborated with on The Lobster. The film is backed by Film4 and New Sparta Films, under a partnership arrangement brokered by Hanway Films, and supported by the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry..
A24 will distribute The Killing of a Sacred Deer in the US, with Haut et Court distributors from France. Element Pictures Distribution will handle the Irish release, with Curzon Artifical Eye releasing in the UK.
Speaking in Cannes, IFB Chief Executive James Hickey said:
The Cannes Market is one of the largest film markets in the world so it is hugely important to the Irish film industry in terms of raising finance for up-and-coming productions and ensuring Irish films sell to international territories across the world. I’m also delighted to see that the critics’ reaction to The Killing of a Sacred Deer is so overwhelmingly positive. I’m particularly pleased to see Barry Keoghan breakthrough as a major international star to watch and I would like to congratulate Ireland’s Element Pictures, undisputedly now one of the world’s leading production companies, on their return to Competition in Cannes in the space of two years, following the 2015 success of The Lobster and an Oscar nomination for Room in between.