The EFAs Take Place This Weekend With Two Irish Titles in Contention
The Element Pictures-produced The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Andrea Harkin’s IFB After ’16 short film, The Party, are two Irish titles that will compete for major awards at this weekend’s European Film Awards (EFAs). Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, Sacred Deer, which received its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May is nominated for three awards — European Director (Lanthimos), European Actor (Colin Farrell) and European Screenplay (Lanthimos and Efthimis Fillipou). The Party will compete for the coveted European Short Film Award in the ceremony, which will take place in Berlin.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, sees Colin Farrell starring as Steven; a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy (played by Keoghan) he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman stars as the wife of Farrell's character, in the film which is produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures. Lanthimos co-wrote the film alongside Efthimis Fillippou, with whom he previously collaborated on 2015 title, The Lobster.
The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor following its successful release of The Lobster last year.
Written by Conor MacNeill and directed by Harkin, The Party is one of nine After ’16 shorts commissioned by IFB to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Set in Belfast in 1972, the film focuses on Laurence as he welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. However, when the next morning arrives, reality catches up with them. The short is produced by Farah Abushwesha & Emmet Fleming.
The European Film Awards take place this Saturday, 9 December in Berlin. For more information, please click here.