THE FATHER Special Presentations


Following the film, AFI FEST Programmer Claudia Puig leads a conversation between filmmaker Florian Zeller and actors Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins.

Living alone in London and nearing 80 years old, Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) has refused another nurse that his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) has set up for him. Exuberant and independent, Anthony has struggled with his memory beginning to slip away. Anne announces she is moving to Paris with a new boyfriend, but later in the living room Anthony sees a stranger claiming to be Anne’s husband. Who is this man? Confusion sets in.

Academy Award®-winner Hopkins delivers a brilliant performance of a man with dementia, creating a powerful cinematic experience of memory and loss. Based on his award-winning play, Florian Zeller has crafted a moving and insightful portrait of a cruel disease and the heartbreak it brings. –Sarah Harris

Florian Zeller is an award-winning French novelist, playwright, and director. He is, according to the Times of London, “the most exciting playwright of our time.” His plays have been staged in more than 45 countries. THE FATHER is Florian’s first film as a director.


Country: UK, France

Year: 2020

Director: Florian Zeller

Screenwriters: Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

Producers: David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi, Philippe Carcassonne, Christophe Spadone, Simon Friend

Executive Producers: Héloïse Spadone, Alessandro Mauceri, Lauren Dark, Ollie Madden, Daniel Battsek

Director of Photography: Ben Smithard

Editor: Yorgos Lamprinos

Production Designer: Peter Francis

Music: Ludovico Einaudi

Cast/Featuring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams

Running Time (minutes): 97

Language: English