The Father

Original title:

The Father


UK, France


97 min




Florian Zeller


Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller


Ben Smithard


Yorgos Lamprinos


Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams


David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, Philippe Carcassonne, Christophe Spadone, Simon Friend, Alice Dawson

Production Company:

Trademark Films, F comme Film, Ciné-@, Film4, Viewfinder

Festivals and awards:

Sundance Film Festival; Toronto Int’l Film Festival; San Sebastián Int’l Film Festival; Telluride Film Festival

Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is mischievous, cynical and stubborn. And 80 years old. It is a combination which his worried daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) unsuccessfully tries to navigate to get him to accept at least one of the numerous careers she persistently brings to his London flat. Anne is moving to Paris and will not be able to visit him daily. But Anthony’s memory is not what it used to be; memories flood and recede like high and low tide, and his perception of reality gradually collapses. The Father is an impressive feature film by French novelist, playwright, and director Florian Zeller, based on Zeller’s play many compare to King Lear. The film premiered at Sundance and went on to win two Academy Awards, for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Florian Zeller is an award-winning French novelist, playwright and director. He won the prestigious Interallié Prize in 2004 for his novel The Fascination of Evil. His play The Father is one of the outstanding hits of recent years and was described by the Guardian as the most acclaimed new play of the last decade. The Father is his first film as a director.

Saturday 31/07 at 21:15, Cinema Billy

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