Steven (Colin Farrell), an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon is married to Anna (Nicole Kidman), a respected ophthalmologist. They are well off and live a happy and healthy family life with their two children, Kim, 14 (Raffey Cassidy) and Bob, 12 (Sunny Suljic).

 Steven has formed a friendship with Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless 16-year-old boy whom he has taken under his wing. Things take a sinister turn when Steven introduces Martin to his family, gradually throwing their world into turmoil and forcing Steven to make a shocking sacrifice or run the risk of losing everything.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece. He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays. Kinetta, his first feature film, played at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim. Lanthimos’ second feature Dogtooth won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in 2011. Alps won the Osella for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011 and Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012. His first English-language feature film The Lobster was presented In Competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It also won Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design at the 2015 European Film Awards (EFAs). In 2017 it was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is his fifth feature and had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.



Winner of Best Screenplay, 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Official selection, 2017 Cannes Film Festival

In cinemas nationwide from 3 November

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Yorgos Lanthimos

DURATION: 121 Mins



Winner of Best Screenplay, 2017 Cannes Film Festival



  • “Nobody does deadpan absurdity and black humor quite like Lanthimos”

    Steve Pond, The Wrap

  • “Venomously funny... When absurdism feels this wrong, you know it’s being done right”

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

  • “A powerful and unsettling film that significantly broadens the repertoire of one of Europe’s most singular and wayward auteurs”

    Jonathan Romney, Screen

  • “Truly staggering... Farrell is perfect as Lanthimos’ leading man”

    Sam Gray, The Upcoming

  • “Masterfully orchestrated”

    Peter Debruge, Variety

  • “Lanthimos returns to Cannes with the full-strength, unfiltered version of his merciless aesthetic”

    Donald Clarke, The Irish Times


Barry Keoghan

Interview with The Hollywood Reporter

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