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Lionsgate Play acquires streaming rights to 'The Father'

The film won 'Best Actor' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay' at the 93rd Academy Awards.

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Mumbai: OTT player Lionsgate Play has acquired the digital rights to the Oscar-winning film ‘The Father’ which will begin streaming on 3 September.

Besides winning the Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’, the film was recognised globally and bagged numerous awards and nominations across the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and many more.

Directed by Florian Zeller, the film features Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams in the lead. The film led to Hopkins’ sixth Oscar nomination and second win and also had success in the box office. It is co-written by Zeller and is based on his 2012 play ‘Le Pere’ with fellow playwright Christopher Hampton.

The story revolves around Anthony (Hopkins), a mischievous 80-year-old living alone who develops dementia. Anthony is unwilling to take help from his daughter Annie (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 lead character Anthony battles to come to terms with the truth of his mental health condition that has clouded the lines between his past, present, and future.

“This is yet another feather in the hat, as we have stayed true to our promise of delivering high-quality premium content in India,"  said Lionsgate, executive vice president, Amit Dhanuka. "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 helps our audiences find moments of hope and inspiration during these challenging times."

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