Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman
Run time: 97 minutes
In The Father Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day) plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Academy Award winner Olivia Colman). Yet such help has become essential following Anne's decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne's father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
The Father is drawn from the stage play of the same name, which was written by Florian Zeller and launched in Paris in 2012, winning the Moliere Award for Best Play, before hitting Broadway and London's West End winning further awards. Writer/Director Florian Zeller has adapted his multi-award winning play long with Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), earning critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and winning the Audience Award for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Imogeen Poots (Green Room), Rufus Sewell (Judy) and Olivia Williams (An Education) in one the year's most acclaimed films that critics are calling "a landmark film" (Entertainment Weekly). The Father is "a beautiful riveting first feature by Florian Zeller with master performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman" (Huffington Post) that Variety is predicting to be a major contender at the 2021 Oscars.
Nominated for 6 BAFTA Awards - Best Film, Best Leading Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Outstanding British Film of the Year, Best Screenplay (Adapted), Best Production Design, Best Editing
Nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards " Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) - Anthony Hopkins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Olivia Colman, Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) - Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
Nominated for 2 SAG Awards - Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture & Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated for 4 Critics Choice Awards (including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Winner AACTA International Award - Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman). Also nominated for Best Film, Best Lead Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Screenplay
Winner of 3 British Independent Film Awards - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Screenplay (Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller) & Best Editing (Yorgos Lampinos). Also nominated for Best Independent Film, Best Director and Best Production Design
"Anthony Hopkins gives one of the most vulnerable and emotional performances of his career."- RogerEbert.com
"Bracingly insightful, subtle and nuanced… This will certainly go down as one of Hopkins' great screen performances." – Hollywood Reporter
"Hopkins is flat-out stunning." – Variety
"Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are astounding. The Father is a testament to their talents and proof that they are two of the best actors we have." – AwardsWatch
In cinemas April 1, 2021
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?
Astray in a labyrinth of answerless questions, Anthony desperately attempts to understand what is going on around him. THE FATHER is about the painful trajectory of a man whose reality crumbles little by little before our eyes. Yet it is also the story of Anne, his daughter, who faces an equally painful dilemma: what must she do with her father? Should she take him with her, even if that means compromising her life with Paul? Does she have the right to live her own life? What happens when one must become parent of one's own parents?