THE SON Red Carpet Premieres


Screening to be followed by a conversation with Florian Zeller, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Ben Smithard and Iain Canning.

Florian Zeller follows up his previous feature THE FATHER (AFI FEST 2020) with an affecting spiritual sequel adapted from his own stage play. Peter (Hugh Jackman) has a fraught relationship with his teenage son Nicholas (Zen McGrath) following a messy divorce, a new partner (Vanessa Kirby) and a brand-new baby. Unhappy living with his mother (Laura Dern) and suffering from severe depression, Nicholas pleads to live with his father. His intrusion into Peter’s happy home is a calamity. Nicholas dodges school for months and struggles to accept his father’s apparent marital bliss which begins to rupture. The complicated family’s tense relationship comes to a head when Nicholas’ deep troubles drive him to act, forcing Peter to finally understand the seriousness of his son’s emotional crisis. With THE SON, Zeller crafts a vigilant, empathetic narrative that tackles the delicate nature of mental health and parenthood.

Florian Zeller is an award-winning French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director. He has written more than 10 plays, including “The Father,” “The Mother” and most recently “The Son” in 2019. THE FATHER, the film adaptation of his play, was Zeller’s directorial debut and was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay at the 93rd Academy Awards®.

Adam Brook
Sony Pictures Classics


Country: USA, France

Year: 2022

Director: Florian Zeller

Screenwriters: Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton

Producers: Joanna Laurie, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Florian Zeller, Christophe Spadone

Executive Producers: Simon Gillis, Philippe Carcassonne, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden, Lauren Dark, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Hugo Grumbar, Tim Haslam

Director of Photography: Ben Smithard

Editor: Yorgos Lamprinos

Production Designer: Simon Bowles

Music: Hans Zimmer

Cast/Featuring: Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Hugh Quarshie, Anthony Hopkins

Running Time (minutes): 123

Language: English