Element Pictures is delighted to announce that Yorgos Lanthimos and  Efthymis Filippou have picked up the award for Best Screenplay at the closing ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. The award was shared with Lynne Ramsay’s YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE.


THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER marks Element Pictures seventh production or co-production in official selection at Cannes in recent years and its fourth win with Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER winning The Jury Prize in 2015, Ken Loach’s THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY taking home the Palme d’Or in 2006 and Lenny Abrahamson’s  GARAGE winning the CICAE Prize at Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.


Speaking from Cannes, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “All of us at Element are absolutely delighted with the script prize for Efthymis and Yorgos. Yorgos has made a masterful signature film which will enthrall audiences around the world. We are very grateful to all of our financiers including Film4, New Sparta, Hanway and the Irish Film Board”


THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures (THE LOBSTER, ROOM, A DATE FOR MAD MARY). Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.


THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan (’71 and DUNKIRK), Raffey Cassidy (TOMORROWLAND), Sunny Suljic (THE UNSPOKEN), Bill Camp (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and Alicia Silverstone (CLUELESS).


The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of THE LOBSTER last year.


THE LOBSTER won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2015 and was recently nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Original Screenplay. DOGTOOTH, another of Lanthimos’ projects, won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard in 2009, later receiving an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

R O O M Receives Four Academy Awards® Nominations

Thursday, January 14 2016 – There was so much to celebrate in Element Picture’s Dublin offices today as their latest film ROOM was nominated for an incredible four Academy Awards®. Following her Golden Globe win on Sunday, lead actress Brie Larson continues to impress with another nomination while screenwriter Emma Donoghue was honoured with a nomination for best adapted screenplay. ROOM also secured a nomination in the hotly-contested best picture category and Lenny Abrahamson is up for best director.

Speaking on the nominations, Director Lenny Abrahamson commented “This is an incredible day for everyone involved in ROOM. Thank you to the Academy for honoring us with four nominations — it’s beyond all our wildest dreams. It is a testament to everyone who gave so much of themselves to make this film happen. I am so proud of Emma Donoghue whose incredible novel started the journey, of Ed Guiney, my filmmaking other half who has been with me, driving the train, from the beginning, and to everyone at Element Pictures Dublin, my filmmaking home, of the extraordinary Brie Larson and the prodigy that is Jacob Tremblay. Also love and thanks go to Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Ethan Tobman and Danny Cohen, my filmmaking team. What a day for Irish cinema! I am so delighted.”

ROOM Producer Ed Guiney added “We are truly ecstatic. To get 4 nominations from the Academy especially these categories is truly amazing and beyond our wildest dreams. I am especially pleased for Lenny’s director nomination. He has done such an extraordinary job and its so brilliantly deserved. We are so grateful to our amazing cast and crew and to all our partners and financiers including of course the Irish Film Board. And also it’s a landmark day for Irish cinema – 9 nominations in total including ourselves, BROOKLYN and the short film STUTTERER. Congrats to all. What a day.”

The 88th Oscars® will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock & held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ROOM stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Macy (Shameless, Magnolia). Emma Donoghue adapted the screenplay from her book, the award-winning international phenomenon, ROOM.

Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack (Tremblay), ROOM is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, Room is the world…. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma (Larson) eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their ten-by-ten-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation – she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.

Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney (The Lobster, Frank, What Richard Did) produced ROOM with David Gross (What If, Goon). Executive producers are Andrew Lowe (The Lobster, Frank, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures and Jeff Arkuss (What If) and Jesse Shapira (What If, Goon) for No Trace Camping. Emma Donoghue, Rose Garnett (Film 4), Tessa Ross (Film 4), and David Kosse (Film 4) also serve as executive producers. Irish finance for the film came from the Irish Film Board.

Irish audiences will have the opportunity to see ROOM when it is released tomorrow Friday, January 15th across the country.