Lionsgate Play to premiere Anthony Hopkin’s Oscar-winning film The Father in India on Sept 3

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Mumbai: Starz-owned streaming service Lionsgate Play has announced the acquisition of the Oscar-winning movie The Father that will be streamed in India on Friday, September 3, exclusively on its platform. The film that won Anthony Hopkins his sixth Oscar nomination and second win saw a staggering success at box office.

The movie features an ensemble cast consisting Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams in the lead. Directed by Florian Zeller and co-written by Zeller based on his 2012 play ‘Le Pere’ with fellow playwright Christopher Hampton, the film takes us on a journey into an unsteady world that is just as real. The film garnered a stellar rating of 8.3 on IMDB and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The story revolves around Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), a mischievous 80-year-old, living alone who develops dementia. Anthony is unwilling to take help from his daughter Annie (Olivia Colman), who finds it difficult to stop by daily. Unwinding the reality, he begins to doubt his loved ones and struggles to accept his condition. The prompts Anthony to come to terms with the truth of his mental health condition that has clouded the lines between his past, present, and future.

Lionsgate Executive Vice President Amit Dhanuka said: “We are ecstatic to present to the viewers of Lionsgate Play the Academy award winning movie The Father. This is yet another feather in the hat, as we have stayed true to our promise of delivering high quality premium content in India. The Father is an empathetic tale of an elderly person losing his memory, showcasing the real struggle of a person suffering from dementia. We hope that the film’s powerful storytelling, help our audiences find moments of hope and inspiration during these challenging times.”

Besides Winning Oscars for Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, the film was recognized globally and bagged numerous awards and nominations across Golden Globes, Baftas and many more.

Worldwide reviews

  • “Anthony Hopkins gives a scalding performance as a man stricken by dementia in this clever drama.” Jeannette Catsoulis, The NYTIMES
  • “Actor merges with character in a performance that’s astonishing and inspiring in equal measure.”

Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

  • “Anthony Hopkins is stunning. Florian Zeller makes his auspicious debut as a feature-film director.”  Owen Gleiberman, Variety
  • “Sharp and teasingly diabolical. A stupendous performance from Anthony Hopkins.” Todd McCarthy, THE Hollywood Reporter
  • “Anthony Hopkins is unforgettable. A towering piece of acting that is as precise and exacting as it is enveloping.”  Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair