The Father gets a premium on-demand release March 26; it has a pedigree of festival kudos, great reviews and six Oscar nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins, and Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman.
The Father will be available to rent for a premium price from Google Play, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other platforms, with a 48-hour window to view it.
Directed by: Florian Zeller
Screenplay by: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Based on the play “The Father” by Florian Zeller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots, Olivia Williams
Selections:Sundance Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Synopsis: Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, 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? THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.
“Anthony Hopkins is stunning. Florian Zeller makes his auspicious debut as a feature-film director.”
– Owen Gleiberman, VARIETY
“Sharp and teasingly diabolical. A stupendous performance from Anthony Hopkins.”
– Todd McCarthy, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Olivia Colman gives an affecting and tender performance.”
– Kevin Fallon, DAILY BEAST
“Entrancingly different – brought to life by a handful of brilliant performances and some very impressive sleight-of-hand.”
– David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
“Anthony Hopkins is unforgettable. A towering piece of acting that is as precise and exacting as it is enveloping.”
– Richard Lawson, VANITY FAIR
“Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are astonishing.”
– Donny Sheldon, AWARDS WATCH
“A powerful piece of storytelling.”
– Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM