First trailer released for Cincinnati-filmed ‘Sacred Deer’

The controversial piece starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman is set to be released Nov. 3.

The best part about the upsurge in films being made in Cincinnati is that there have been some very ambitious ones — prestige titles with Academy Award hopes — among the releases. Carol, for instance, and Miles Ahead.

The very controversial The Killing of a Sacred Deer, shot here last year and premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is the next one. It’s a thriller from the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos featuring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, and its synopsis states that “Steven, a charismatic surgeon (Farrell), is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.”

With his strange Greek movie Dogtooth (nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar) and last year’s indescribable English-language The Lobster (also starring Farrell), Lanthimos has been pioneering a cinema movement that the Indiewire film website categorizes as “Greek weird wave.”

As of now, its U.S. release date is Nov. 3 — prime season for Oscar contenders. There’s been little to see in advance, unless you made it to Cannes. But today, Sacred Deer’s distributor has released the first trailer. 

Watching it, Indiewire said that, “As the film’s first trailer (and, honestly, all of Lanthimos’ filmography so far) lets on, this isn’t just another drama about people thrown together in the midst of a terrible tragedy. It’s going to be characteristically funny, weird, off-kilter and oddly revelatory. Also, prepare yourself for the most unsettling use of an Ellie Goulding song like, ever. Burn indeed.”