Monday 18 December 2017

Irish firm Element and Colin Farrell in the hunt for Palme d'Or with 'Sacred Deer' film

Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning walk the red carpet at Cannes Photo: Getty
Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning walk the red carpet at Cannes Photo: Getty
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'The Queen of Cannes' Nicole Kidman is set to walk the red carpet with Dubliner Colin Farrell and 'Love/Hate' cat killer Barry Keoghan at the world première of 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.

The Irish film is tipped to scoop the coveted Palme d'Or at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Element producer Ed Guiney. Photo: Rupert Thorpe
Element producer Ed Guiney. Photo: Rupert Thorpe

The psychological thriller tells the story of a surgeon who forms a close bond with a sinister teenage boy, with disastrous results.

It was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who previously worked with Farrell and Dublin-based film company Element Pictures on 2015's 'The Lobster'.

Speaking with the Irish Independent last night, producer Ed Guiney of Element Films said he was "both excited and nervous" ahead of the première. 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' faces stiff competition as it goes up against Michael Haneke's 'Happy End', Ruben Östlund's 'The Square', Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled', French Aids drama '120 Beats Per Minute', and Todd Haynes' 'Wonderstruck' for the Palme d'Or.

Impact

Mr Guiney said attending the festival was an achievement in itself.

"Being here in the competition is a real win," Mr Guiney said.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with actor Liam Cunningham at the film festival Photo: James McCauley
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys with actor Liam Cunningham at the film festival Photo: James McCauley

"It's a jury of strong-minded individuals and impossible to predict how they will react. I just hope the film makes an impact when it's finally unveiled."

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys attended the Irish Film Board networking event at the festival in advance of the screening. Speaking at it, she said: "I first came to Cannes in 2015, when a film starring Colin Farrell and produced by Element Pictures was selected to screen in open competition.

Dustin Hoffman takes a photograph Photo: Getty
Dustin Hoffman takes a photograph Photo: Getty

"As the French would say, 'plus ça change'. But I am delighted to be back again this year, when once again Element and Colin are leading the charge in terms of Irish interest."

The festival has attracted a host of Hollywood stars and reality TV starlets.

Kendall Jenner, pop singer Rihanna, Elle Fanning, Adam Sandler and Clint Eastwood have all walked the red carpet.

Meanwhile, Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen frolicking in the surf to promote his new film.

The actor/former governor of California rolled up his jeans to paddle on the beach before talking to press about his documentary 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'.

Irish Independent

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