A modern re-telling of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis, this sensational thriller brims with unsettling humour and creeping dread.
From Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster) comes a tale steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama and riveting suspense. 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' subverts expectations at every turn.
The screening is accompanied by a discussion between a panel of renowned classicists who will discuss the importance of mythology to Ancient Greek culture, and its influence on storytelling to the present day.
Professor Paul Cartledge—A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Clare College, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, and author of numerous books including 'The Spartans: An Epic History' and 'Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past'.
Despina Ignatiadou—Head Curator, Sculpture Collection, National Archaeological Museum, Athens (joining via video link)
Further speakers to be confirmed closer to the date.
about 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy).
Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.
'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' (UK/Ireland), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, running time 121 mins