Magazine article Screen International

Curzon Swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Curzon Swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman Drama

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Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos's anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche's follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter will release in Australia.

The joint acquisition is understood to have improved the companies' leverage in securing the film, which has been in-demand among distributors.

A24 handles US on the title, which is backed by Film4, the Irish Film Board and New Sparta and produced by Room and The Lobster producers Element Pictures.

Mektoub is Mektoub, about a young screenwriter faced with a difficult choice between his lover and his career, marks a continuation of Curzon's relationship with Abdellatif Kechiche, having previously released Couscous and his Palme d'Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour. …

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