The Father

About the film

Release Date: Dec 25, 2020
Rating: CTC
Runtime: 97 mins
Director: Florian Zeller
Actors: Mark Gatiss, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Anthony Hopkins
“Anthony Hopkins gives one of the most vulnerable and emotional performances of his career.”- RogerEbert.com

Ageing Anthony lives alone in London and refuses the nurses that his daughter tries to impose upon him. Yet help is becoming more pressing, as she has decided to move to Paris. At once comedic and profound, this is a moving story of our human condition.

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Sharmill Films is delighted to announce the acquisition of Florian Zeller’s highly anticipated feature film The Father, based on the Tony, Olivier and Moliere award-winning play, for Australasia.

Anthony is a mischievous man of 80, who lives alone in his London apartment and refuses each of the nurses that his daughter Anne tries to impose upon him. But as his mind begins to unravel and his sense of reality is slipping away, both father and daughter are forced to contend with an uncertain future, and with their enduring love for each other.

The Father stars Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day) as a charismatic but fragile titular patriarch, against Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite) as his increasingly frustrated daughter. The film also stars Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Imogen Poots (Green Room) and Mark Gatiss (The Favourite), with a script by Florian Zeller and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement).

The Father premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.


“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

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