Greek Screenwriter Awarded at Cannes
Yorgos Lanthimos won the award for Best Screenplay on the final day of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, for his script for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, which he also directed.
The well-received film, which stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman as a successful surgeon and his wife. The surgeon is forced to make a decision as payback for a failure of courage earlier in his life. The film is partially based on the story of King Agamemnon, who had to face the wrath of the gods for killing one of Artemis's deer, and had to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia.
Lanthimos is the premiere figure of what has come to be known as the "Greek Weird Wave" in cinema; a series of films produced after Greece's economic crisis hit in 2009, featuring strange, quirky, sometimes surreal characters and plots.
This is Lanthimos’s third film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, after past entries like “Dogtooth”, which won an “Un Certain Regard” prize, and “The Lobster”, which won The Jury prize at Cannes. Lanthimos was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Lobster, along with his writing partner, Efthimis Filippou.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer was filmed in English and produced by Dublin, Ireland-based Element Pictures.