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Anticipated Anthony Hopkins film, THE FATHER, opens in local cinemas

The highly anticipated motion picture, THE FATHER, starring Anthony Hopkins, will open in local cinemas nationwide starting from today. It has been nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for six Oscar Awards and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations recently.

This film is based on an acclaimed, award-winning play, starts out as a simple drama hinged on a familiar dynamic – a middle-aged daughter (Olivia Colman). Sheis losing patience with her elderly father, a mischievous and highly independent man. Her father whose grip on reality is fading but who refuses to allow a carer to look after him. 

She is moving away and, to ensure her father’s safety in her absence, she must find someone who will take care of him. As her father is in the early stages of dementia – 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.

The story is deliberately told through the eyes of Anthony, the elderly father, whose life has become a source of ever-disorienting confusion. With the characters and locations constantly shifting – resulting in the viewer feeling as confused as Anthony is. It is disorienting and surreal, but it speaks volumes to living with dementia.

Award-winning French playwright, Florian Zeller makes his debut as film director and he was also responsible for the original play. He co-wrote the screenplay with his long-time collaborator and translator Christopher Hampton. The film is built on a foundation of empathy and celebrates the unbreakable bond between parent and child and is an accurate.

To add to this “The Father” is fairly agitating record of both what it resembles to cherish somebody with dementia, and what it resembles to live as somebody with dementia. The film, privately circulated by Filmfinity Pty (Ltd.), has effectively won the desired Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival a year ago. 

I’m The victors of the 93rd yearly Academy Awards will be announced on 25 April and is set to be broadcast live in excess of 225 nations around the world. In the meantime, the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) victors will be reported on eleventh and fourth April, individually.

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