Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer,' also starring Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone, debuts May 22 at Cannes
As he previously demonstrated in The Lobster and Dogtooth, the mysteries of Yorgos Lanthimos’ singular directorial style often unfold amid stark locales with haunting visuals, and the new poster for his latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, suggests the upcoming project is no exception.
Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, and Alicia Silverstone, The Killing of a Sacred Deer reportedly follows a teenage boy who attempts to integrate a master surgeon into his dysfunctional family. In the film’s first poster, which debuted Tuesday ahead of the film’s May 22 bow in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Farrell stands in a sterile medical environment, as a pair of empty beds sit before him; A lonely “get well soon” balloon looms in the corner, while the space above him — including the dark curtains shielding the room from incoming sunlight, which creeps out from the edges of the cloth — stretches and distorts all the way to the one-sheet’s upper edge.
Ahead of the film’s Cannes premiere, A24 released a first look image in April, which shows Farrell ascending an ornate, winding staircase.
Hailing from Greece, Lanthimos rose to prominence on the festival circuit with his third feature directorial effort, Dogtooth, which hit the Croisette in 2009, where it won the Un Certain Regard Award. His next film, Alps, launched at Venice in 2011, while last year’s The Lobster competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes’ 2015 event. It would go on to score Lanthimos his first Oscar nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category.
Up next for Lanthimos is Fox Searchlight’s Queen Anne-centric period piece The Favorite, which wrapped filming Monday and stars Olivia Colman as the 18th century British royal, Rachel Weisz as the queen’s “confidante, adviser and clandestine lover,” Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, and Emma Stone as the duchess’ cousin, Abigail.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer hits domestic theaters on Nov. 3. Check out the film’s new poster above.