The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological horror thriller film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from a screenplay by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, and Bill Camp. The story is inspired by the ancient Greek tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides.[2][3] The film follows a cardiac surgeon (Farrell) who secretly befriends a teenage boy (Keoghan) with a connection to his past. He introduces the boy to his family, who begin to fall mysteriously ill.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Theatrical release poster
Directed byYorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay by
Based onIphigenia at Aulis
by Euripides
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyThimios Bakatakis
Edited byYorgos Mavropsaridis
Production
companies
Distributed byCurzon Artificial Eye
Release dates
  • 22 May 2017 (2017-05-22) (Cannes)
  • 3 November 2017 (2017-11-03) (United Kingdom and Ireland)
Running time
121 minutes
Countries
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$7 million[1]

The Killing of a Sacred Deer was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It was theatrically released in the United States on 20 October 2017 by A24 and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 3 November 2017 by Curzon Artificial Eye. It has received positive reviews and grossed over $7 million worldwide.[4]


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