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The Father

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Offensive language

DIRECTED BY: Florian Zeller

SCREENPLAY BY: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

STARRING: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Olivia Williams

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS: Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival

RUN TIME: 97 Minutes

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Already considered a frontrunner in the awards season, Florian Zeller directs a screenplay by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) based on the filmmaker’s acclaimed play.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams, The Father introduces us to Anthony (Hopkins) - an independently-minded firebrand, unaware that he is gradually losing his grip on reality.

Supported by his loving family, Zeller’s film breathtakingly depicts the jarring shifts in Anthony’s experience of daily life.

The Father warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

★★★★★ - Stuff
"
The Father is undoubtedly Hopkins' finest hours on film."

★★★★★ - NZ Listener
"
A masterclass"

★★★★★ - Times
"A stunning study of a man losing his mind"

★★★★ (4/4) - Observer
"Running a gamut of emotions, [Hopkins] is egotistical, senile, lovable and infuriating at the same time, but the star never overplays the cornucopia of mixed emotions at his disposal, examining them all with magnificent equanimity."

★★★★ (4/4) -  Globe and Mail
"The results are both mind-bending and heart-rending."

★★★★ - Guardian
"
A brutal, trippy portrait of what it must feel like to lose your grip on reality boasts an Oscar-worthy performance."

★★★★ - The Australian
"A very inventive and accomplished debut for Zeller: an awesomely difficult subject beautifully, movingly brought to the cinema screen."

“Anthony Hopkins is stunning. Florian Zeller makes his auspicious debut as a feature-film director.” - Variety

“Sharp and teasingly diabolical. A stupendous performance from Anthony Hopkins.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Olivia Colman gives an affecting and tender performance.” - Daily Beast

“Entrancingly different – brought to life by a handful of brilliant performances and some very impressive sleight-of-hand.” - IndieWire

“Anthony Hopkins is unforgettable. A towering piece of acting that is as precise and exacting as it is enveloping.” - Vanity Fair

“Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are astonishing.” - Awards Watch

“A powerful piece of storytelling.” - RogerEbert.com