Recently awarded for Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best adapted screenplay (Florian Zeller) at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards and nominated for the 2021 Academy Award for 6 categories.
Directed by French playwright Florian Zeller, THE FATHER is a film adaptation from the stage play of the same name which was written by him and launched in Paris in 2012. The launch of the movie also marks Zeller’s debut as film director with a dazzling cast headed by Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman as an elderly father and his middle-aged daughter struggling to adapt to changed circumstances.
THE FATHER (PG 13) – IN THEATRES 15 APRIL
Directed by Florian Zeller
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell
Anthony is 81 years old. He lives alone in his London apartment and refuses all of the nurses that his daughter, Anne, tries to impose upon him. Yet such a necessity is becoming more and more pressing for her, as she can’t see him every day anymore: she has taken the decision to move to Paris to live with a man she has just met…
But if such is the case, then who is this stranger who suddenly bursts into Anthony’s living room, claiming to be married to Anne for over ten years? And why is he claiming with such conviction that they are at the supposed married couple’s home, and not his? Is Anthony losing his mind? Yet he recognizes the place: it is indeed his apartment, and only just the night before was Anne reminding him of her divorce… And didn’t she decide to go and live in Paris? Then why is she now insisting that this was never the case? There seems to be something going around, as if the world, for a moment, has ceased to be logical. Unless his daughter, and her new companion, are the ones trying to make him appear as crazy? Is their objective in fact to rob him of his apartment? Do they want to get rid of him? And where is Lucy, his other daughter?
“What I wanted to do was not tell the story from the outside, but the inside, and put the audience in an active position, as if they were in the main character’s head,” explains director and writer Florian Zeller. “I wanted The Father to be a bit more than a story, but like an experience, as if you [the viewer] were the one losing your bearings.”
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