The Father is in cinemas today (Picture: AP)
The Father was an awards season favourite, with Sir Anthony Hopkins winning the Oscar for best actor – and now, you can see what all the fuss is about.
The drama is in cinemas today, opting for a theatrical release instead of straight to streaming, like many films have been forced to do over the past year.
It was originally set for release in January, but was pushed back to June in the UK to ensure it could be played in cinemas.
The Father is available in cinemas nationwide as of today, three months after it was released in the States.
It was then released on demand; however, a home release in the UK has not yet been announced.
What is The Father about?
Hopkins plays Anthony, who is struggling with memory loss as he begins to suffer from the symptoms of dementia.
Refusing help from his caring daughter Anne (played by Olivia Colman), Anthony increasingly begins to lose his grip on reality as he experiences hallucinations, battles traumatic memories and struggles to identify his loved ones.
The film also stars Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams.
The Father is the feature debut from French director Florian Zeller, who adapted the film from his own 2012 play.
How old is Anthony Hopkins?
Hopkins won the Oscar for his role (Picture: AP)
Hopkins is 83 years old, and will turn 84 this December.
His win for best actor for The Father earlier this year made him the oldest person to win an acting Oscar.
However, he actually missed the achievement, as he had expected the award to go to the late Chadwick Boseman, who was nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Hopkins, who was in Wales at the time, told Lorraine Kelly: ‘I wasn’t being cynical, I didn’t expect to get it, at all. The main contender was Chadwick Boseman, so I went to bed.
‘My phone went, and it was a text from my agent saying, “You’ve won the Oscar.” It was about 5 o’clock in the morning, I couldn’t believe it.
‘I really couldn’t believe it, I didn’t expect it. The next morning I made a little speech of thanks to the Academy and a tribute to Chadwick Boseman and I really didn’t expect such a… it was a shock!’
Credit: Original article published here.