Element Pictures production THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER receives two nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which recognises uniqueness of vision and innovation in visual storytelling. Dublin actor Barry Keoghan is up for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sinister teenage boy Martin in Yorgos Lanthimos’ critically acclaimed film, while Thimios Bakatakis gets the nod for Best Cinematographer.

The awards will take place in LA on March 3 hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney for a second year in a row.

Speaking on the nominations, Producer Ed Guiney commented “Delighted for both Barry and Thomas that their incredible work on this film is being recognised, it’s hugely deserved and a credit to Yorgos and the entire film-making team.”

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER currently grosses just under 200k at the Irish box-office, this impressive result signifies Yorgos Lanthimos’ most successful opening film in Ireland ever. In the US, the film continues its success story grossing over 2 million dollars after five weeks on screen. The Cannes winning film will continue to be released across the globe in the coming months.

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 behavior 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 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 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.

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