THE FATHER Canadian Release
Other cast members include Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams.
The director of the film is Florian Zeller. It is based on his 2012 play Le Père.
The world premiere was at the Sundance Film Festival. There was also a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival
Florian Zeller statement
When I started working on the adaptation of my play, the face that came and came again to my mind was always Anthony Hopkins
I had the profound conviction he would be so powerful and devastating in this part. He was at the beginning of my desire to make this film. This is the only reason for my decision to do it in English: it was a way to come to him. In that sense, he was part of my dream. That’s why the main character’s name is Anthony.
Anthony Hopkins statement
I’m eighty-two now and I’ve managed to survive past the age my father was when he died. I think I understood Anthony from the beginning -in a way it was like playing my father.” When questioned on his own age and possible retirement, Hopkins response is typically strong: “I’d die if I ever gave up the business. I must be an old warrior! A survivor!”
Olivia Colman statement
Working closely with Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman observes, “He is such a joyful man. He’ll be chatting and chatting but the minute they call action, he is ready to work. I agree with him when he says that we are so lucky to be working on THE FATHER.It’s been a proper treat.”
A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality.