Far­rell likens new film to In Bruges

Week­end, October 27-29, 2017 Cast, direc­tor weigh in on the sur­re­al­ism of Sa­cred Deer Movies

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Greek direc­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’ movies aren’t the sort that typ­i­cally at­tract a stam­pede of Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters.

His films, which he writes with Efthymis Filip­pou, are dead­pan, mid­night-black come­dies that carry out grim al­le­gor­i­cal ab­sur­di­ties to ex­treme ends. Char­ac­ters speak stilt­edly in cliches while an in­ten­si­fy­ing men­ace en­velopes them. Things get weird and then they get bru­tal.

And yet Lan­thi­mos is not only a reg­u­lar on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit (his lat­est, The Killing of a Sa­cred Deer pre­miered at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val) but he has earned an Os­car nom­i­na­tion (for the script to The Lob­ster) and drawn ea­ger stars like Ni­cole Kid­man, Colin Far­rell, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

The Killing of a Sa­cred Deer, which stars Kid­man and Far­rell and fea­tures the break­through per­for­mance of Irish ac­tor Barry Keoghan, opened last week­end with sim­i­larly packed art-house theatres. Far­rell and Kid­man play the par­ents of a sub­ur­ban fam­ily ter­ror­ized by a young man (Keoghan) who’s a vague fig­ure of come­up­pance come to force Far­rell’s heart sur­geon to kill one of his two chil­dren as ret­ri­bu­tion for an ear­lier sin. Lathi­mos: I pre­fer the small talk to the big talk. I’m not a big talker, am I? Kid­man: He’s quiet. He’s an in­tro­vert, but not in his film­mak­ing. Kid­man: I pur­sued him re­lent­lessly and he fi­nally gave in. Yor­gos: You like say­ing that. I turned her down for 50 films. Kid­man: We had met. We had food to­gether and chat­ted. That was a nice meet­ing. Then we had sort of a tex­ting re­la­tion­ship. I was do­ing a play in Lon­don. He told me about the script. I said, “That sounds in­ter­est­ing, Yor­gos.” Lan­thi­mos: Never get your­self into a sit­u­a­tion where you have to de­scribe the film. Far­rell: “It’s 104 pages of joy!” I loved it. It was re­mark­ably dif­fer­ent from The Lob­ster, in tone, but also ex­ist­ing in a grossly idio­syn­cratic world. It was a mys­tery to me, as The Lob­ster was. It’s very sel­dom for me that you get to read writ­ing that is so re­mark­ably unique. The only other time that I had a sim­i­lar feel­ing was with Martin McDonaugh (In Bruges). Keoghan: It was a weird film, a weird script, but I loved it. It’s a dif­fer­ent kind of act­ing, you know? You don’t act in it. It was just a chal­lenge. I think he hates ac­tors, as well. Kid­man: He doesn’t like “act­ing,” am I right? He al­ways says, “Stop act­ing.” Lan­thi­mos: What do you mean? There’s a lot of act­ing ev­ery­where, all over the place. (Laughs) Kid­man: He says, “You’re do­ing too much. Stop it.” Far­rell: The best di­rec­tion in 20 years of do­ing this job I’ve ever heard is him scream­ing from a mon­i­tor to an ac­tor: “Stop try­ing to be so nat­u­ral­is­tic!” Lan­thi­mos: Be­cause that’s the worst! You see the ef­fort of some­one try­ing to be like real life. You go, “I’m em­bar­rassed. Don’t do that.” Kid­man: I think I em­bar­rassed him a lot. Far­rell: It takes ha­bit­u­ated be­havioural re­sponses and pushes them to the side. It kind of presents sub­text as reality and so you don’t have to play sub­text at all. It feels to me to be a re­ally hon­est world. Lan­thi­mos: I think we’ve be­come very con­ser­va­tive. We el­e­vate as im­por­tant cer­tain things and then oth­ers we con­sider them taboo and we don’t touch them. There’s a fa­cade in gen­eral that we try to use to seal our­selves from cer­tain things. I don’t have an­swers but just to poke a cer­tain nerve. Keoghan: I kind of did. (Laugh­ter) Es­pe­cially that spaghetti scene. I was like: “Turn up the creep-mode.”

Chris Pizzello/invision

Writer-direc­tor Yor­gos lan­thi­mos, cen­ter, ap­pears with the cast mem­bers of the Killing of a Sa­cred Deer —Barry Keoghan, Ni­cole Kid­man and Colin far­rell.

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