Lanthimos’ “Sacred Deer” Disturbed Its Star

There’s dark comedy, and then there’s the work of acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos which pushes the genre to both twisted and imaginative ends. Exploding onto the scene with “Dogtooth” and “Alps,” his third film “The Lobster” starring Colin Farrell ended up being a bit of a breakout hit.

For his fourth currently in the works film “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,” Farrell reunites with him and the pair are joined by Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone. Farrell plays a charismatic surgeon who must make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart – all tied to the suddenly turned sinister behavior of his young teen ward.

Speaking with Business Insider, the irish actor says the film is everything you’d expect from Lanthimos:

“I can say it’s – ugh, God – it’s eerier than ‘The Lobster’…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.

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.”

The film is currently in post-production with A24 scoring the U.S. rights earlier this year. Expect a festival premiere early next year.