The Father tells the story of 80-year-old Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), a mischievous man living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces. Anne needs help in caring for him and can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unraveling. As his memory falters, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her?
This 2020 drama film marks the feature directorial debut of French writer and filmmaker Florian Zeller. The screenplay is written by Zeller and Christopher Hampton, based on Zeller’s 2012 play Le Père. The Father stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams.
- Starring : Anthony Hopkins / Olivia Colman
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United Kingdom / France
- Language : English
- Director : Florian Zeller
- Production : Trademark Films / [email protected] / AG Studios NYC / Embankment Films / F Comme Film / Film4 / Viewfinder
- Distributor : CDI Films / Cinéart / Elevation Pictures / Lionsgate UK / Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Front Row Filmed Entertainment / Sony Pictures Classics
The Father movie
The Father release date
- January 27, 2020 : USA (Sundance Film Festival)
- September 14, 2020 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 18, 2020 : Spain (Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival)
- September 26, 2020 : Switzerland (Zurich Film Festival)
- December 18, 2020 : USA
- January 8, 2021 : UK
- January 20, 2021 : France
The Father cast
- Anthony Hopkins as Anthony
- Olivia Colman as Anne
- Olivia Williams as The Woman
- Imogen Poots as Laura
- Rufus Sewell as Paul
- Evie Wray as Lucy
- Mark Gatiss as The Man
- Ayesha Dharker as Dr. Sarai
- Ray Burnet
- Adnan Kundi
The Father had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2020 by Sony Pictures Classics, and in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2021 by Lionsgate.
The film already received several awards from different film festivals including Silver Medallion Award for Anthony Hopkins at the Telluride Film Festival, Tribute Award for Anthony Hopkins at Toronto International Film Festival and Golden Eyes Award for Olivia Colman at the Zurich Film Festival. The Father also received nominations for Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and San Sebastián International Film Festival.
The Father is a highly acclaimed film with an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 18 critics on Rotten Tomatoes. At Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 8 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
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