The first trailer of the new movie ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has been released.
The trailer burns with a cold intensity, as cryptic scenes from the film play over a girl’s a capella rendition of Ellie Goulding’s pop hit “Burn,” film critic Hoai-Tran Bui of slashfilm.com writes.
The movie reunites “Lobster” (the director’s previous, critically acclaimed film) star Colin Farrell with his “The Beguiled” co-star Nicole Kidman, who plays the wife to Farrell’s prominent surgeon.
“I don’t understand why I should have to pay the price, why my children should have to pay the price,” Kidman says to “Dunkirk“‘s Barry Keoghan in the trailer. Keoghan responds: “It’s the only thing I can think of that’s close to justice.”
The movie follows Farrell’s character as he forms a bond with an enigmatic young man (Keoghan) that results in tragedy, with an apparent curse from the boy causing the surgeon’s patients to become partially paralyzed.
Several scenes of the patients eerily contorting their bodies through stark hospitals flash through the trailer, lending a horrific quality to the slow-burn of a preview.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it was nominated for the Palme D’Or and praised by critics as “Sophie’s Choice as a suburban horror movie.”
The jury awarded Lanthimos and the film’s co-writer, Efthymis Filippou, its Best Screenplay award, which he shared with “You Were Never Really Here” writer-director Lynne Ramsay.
The film is scheduled for a US release in mid-October and for a UK release in mid-November.