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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 November 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017 19 FILM Anna (Nicole Kidman) has a good reason to look pensive in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Yorgos Lanthimos on set during the filming of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Collin Farrell as Steven and Barry Keoghan as Martin. enough, very logically into the story because of what we're facing – how to increase the pressure on the characters in order to reveal more and more about human nature. We try to push things, and that makes us come up with all these other tools and elements of creating that." Reviewers at Cannes noted that the title of the film and its themes of sacrifice and justice referenced Greek tragedy. The director responds to this, "We didn't necessarily take inspiration, but while we were writing the script we realised there are some parallels with Greek tragedy, and we thought it was an interesting idea, or that it just made sense that we would reference it in the film. "Also I find it quite interesting that these are themes that we've been asking ourselves about that are from so many years ago – it's been around forever. I just found it an interesting association to make, but we never started by trying to adapt a Greek tragedy." The supernatural elements in the film - Martin curses Steven's family which manifests when, as he predicts, the children find they cannot walk - came to them naturally during the writing process, Lanthimos adds. "I think starting from the idea - which was initially just a young boy who loses his father, blames someone else for it and asks for it to be made right, whatever that means, in his mind - starting from that, we were trying to figure out a way that we would structure a story; that would create these kind of questions and put this kind of pressure on human beings; that they would have to make impossible choices. Working on that to figure out how it would be efficient, I think we started going into tragedies and to the horror genre, to having a dialogue with all those kind of things." Making his first film in America was a logical choice, too, he says. "To me, this one felt like more of an American film. I work very instinctively and I don't know exactly what the reasons were for that. One thing that is given is that I do for the moment want to work in the English language, so that makes the options smaller. "There was a lot of dialogue about whether it should be a British film or it should be an American film, and it just felt like, because of the theme, more of an American film." "Also", he continues, "the dialogue between the genres that we are familiar with made more sense for me – even the medical system - it made more sense that this film was in America. "There were various reasons like that, which helped me make a choice. When you're open to everything you just need to figure out details of things to make a choice," an experience he says he enjoyed. "I haven't [worked] in New York or Los Angeles, in the bigger cities, but working in a smaller city in the US, I found quite easy." "I think people are much more excited by having a film in their city. It's easier to get around – there's a certain flexibility and freedom about how you do things. There's not so much structure in place or so many rules that you can't be flexible, even creatively speaking, because every practical thing somehow affects what you do creatively. So yes, I enjoyed working there." ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is screening nationally. Check your cinema guides for details.
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