The Father with Anthony Hopkins

The Father is a drama film. The director of the film is Florian Zeller. It is based on his 2012 play Le Père.

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The world premiere of the film was at the Sundance Film Festival.  There was also a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival

Cast

Anthony Hopkins as Anthony
Olivia Colman as Anne
Rufus Sewell as Paul
Imogen Poots as Laura/Lucy
Olivia Williams as Catherine/Laura/Anne (credited as The Woman)
Mark Gatiss as Bill/Paul (credited as The Man)
Ayesha Dharker as Dr. Sarai
Roman Zeller as Boy

Synopsis

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.

Florian Zeller discusses “The Father” 

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 discusses his own age and retirement

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.

I’d die if I ever gave up the business. I must be an old warrior! A survivor!

Olivia Colman discusses working closely with Anthony Hopkins

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.

Release date

The film will be available in theatres on March 19th and available digital and on-demand on March 26

Elevation Pictures will be releasing The Father this March 2021. 


Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins, The Father


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