Monday 23 October 2017

Irish film The Killing of a Sacred Deer wins prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival

(L-R) Cast members Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, director Yorgos Lanthimos, cast members Sunny Suljic, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, producer Ed Guiney, and actor Andrew Lowe pose. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
(L-R) Cast members Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, director Yorgos Lanthimos, cast members Sunny Suljic, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, producer Ed Guiney, and actor Andrew Lowe pose. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Irish film The Killing of a Sacred Deer has picked up one of two Best Screenplay awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

In an unexpected move, the jury handed out two Best Screenplay gongs - one for The Killing of a Sacred Deer and another for You Were Never Really Here.

The former film is a psychological thriller and follows on from the success of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos 2015 movie ‘The Lobster’.

Co-produced by Dublin based film company Element Pictures and starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, the film picked up rave reviews on the French Riviera.  

Love/ Hate actor Barry Keoghan received the most praise for his role in the movie.

Speaking with the Irish Independent last night, Ed Guiney said he was “absolutely delighted” with the result. 

Colin Farrell simulates a fight with Barry Keoghan following the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'
Colin Farrell simulates a fight with Barry Keoghan following the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

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Unfortunately, it missed out on the Palme d’Or which went to Ruben Östlund’s provocative satire ‘The Square’.

Diane Kruger was  named best actress and Joaquin Phoenix best actor at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Kruger was honoured for her performance in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade.”

She told the audience she was “overcome.”

Kruger said; “Thank you a thousand times.”

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Phoenix was recognized for his role in Lynne Ramsay’s thriller “You Were Never Really Here.”

He played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.

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